Tag Archives: Economic Development

Apprenticeship Programs in Virginia: Some Information

 “There’s a hunger among young people for good, well-paying jobs that don’t require an expensive four-year degree,” said Sarah Steinberg, vice president for global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “The Apprentice School is the gold standard of what a high-quality apprenticeship program can be.”- Read the article about a Newport News apprenticeship program @ A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class, Nelson D. Schwartz, July 13, 2015, from the New York Times

Apprenticeship Information in Virginia:

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction. It is a “win-win” approach to workforce development for more than 13,000 apprentices (employees) throughout the Commonwealth.

Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.


Helping Unemployed Youth

two challenges one solution

Two Challenges, One Solution: Strategies to Address the Talent Gap and Access to Employment for 16-to 24 Year-Old Disconnected Young Adults in Grand Rapids, MI is a 2014 publication that details how community mentors and partners create access to opportunity for unemployed youth by helping them navigate workforce and employment systems.

Recurring themes in national best practices include:

  1. Need to rebuild a healthy sense of self, purpose, and social capital
  2. Need for navigation across systems
  3. Need for the incorporation of social enterprise
  4. Need for culturally competent employers willing to invest their social, intellectual, and financial capital

Click here to download a 32-page PDF document.

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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Drawing a line from Virginia’s Eastern shore westward across Southside to Southwest Virginia, and then up the Shenandoah Valley, you trace an arc that represents 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s geography, where half million people have less than a high school education. As a result, Virginia ranks 31st nationally in the percentage of residents with at least a high school equivalency credential.

Click here to find One Course, One Virginia: The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Click here for a PDF document: The Case for Support: The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

Click here to find Elevate Virginia: Skills for Jobs and Business Growth

Workforce Article

Help Wanted: Smyth County, Virginia

by Sally H. Morgan, Economic and Community Development Director, Smyth County, Virginia, Fall, 2005.

This article describes how a rural county used a workforce development strategy to bring the dying manufacturing economy robustly back to life. Click here to read the article.