Virginia Western career transition coaches lauded for innovative recruitment

At a recent Virginia Community College System conference, Virginia Western Community College won an award for the most innovative recruitment strategies for mid-career adults with a focus on the unemployed and underemployed. The honor, called the Shining Star Awarded for Innovative Recruitment Strategy, was giving to Virginia Western career transition coaches at April’s Celebrate Success Conference.

Through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions, the career transition coaches implemented diverse recruitment strategies not previously offered at the college. To find out more about Workforce Solutions and how career transitions coaches can help individuals and organizations, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce.

Some of the recruitment innovations by the career transition coaches included:

  • Offering community workshops open to anyone on Job Finding Techniques.
  • The workshops have included: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market, Networking Is Better than Not Working, Why Am I Not Getting Hired and The Changing Workplace‑A New Normal.
    • Information on these workshops has been pushed out to more than 100 key community organizations and they are being advertised through all the local Chambers Of Commerce, Economic Development Departments, libraries and Workforce Agency partners.
    • One day a week at the One Stop Workforce center, an adult career coach provides free resume writing services to anyone who has made an appointment. No one in the region was previously providing this one-on-one service.
  • The career transition coaches attend 5-10 networking events per month, including chamber events sponsored by the four area chambers, community organizations, economic development entities and professional associations. This has resulted in interaction with more than 500 businesses monthly, providing insights on immediate and future training needs.
  • Four to six days a month, the career transition coaches provide services at the Roanoke Valley One-Stop Center and at the Franklin Center.
  • The career transition coaches serve on committees of area agencies to stay updated on resources and support services for students.
  • The career transition coaches visit GED classes to provide information on their services.
  • For Workforce Credentials scholarship fund recipients, the career coaches provide the validation that the applicant meets the requirements, and that their program choice is likely to obtain employment as a result of completing the program.
  • The career transition coaches provide the extensive service and paperwork requirements for students under third-party pay (such as worker’s compensation and Trade Act). These include career assessment, career and academic planning, cost estimates, labor market information validating employment opportunities in program of choice, revising academic plans and justifying as necessary, providing information on resources and assisting in obtaining employment services need to recruit, retain and ensure student success.
Posted on May 21, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Watch 2015 Commencement Ceremony online

Virginia Western Community College will livestream the 2015 Commencement Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at: http://livestream.com/vwcc/. For more details about graduation, visit the Graduation web site.

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Register now for Healthcare, Wellness and Human Services Career Fair on May 20

Virginia Western Community College will host a Healthcare, Wellness, and Human Services Career Fair on Wednesday, May 20, from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Fralin Center.

This is a great opportunity for current and former Virginia Western students, especially recent graduates, to speak to local employers with current job openings in these fields. Registered employers include: Raleigh Court Health and Rehabilitation Center, Carilion Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, Friendship Health and Rehab, HopeTree Family Services and more!

Students and alumni are encouraged to pre-register to save time on the day of the fair, but walk-in registration will be available. Contact the Hall Associates Career Center for more information at 540-857-7298 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu.

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New study shows economic impact of Virginia Western on region

A new study shows that Virginia Western Community College creates a significant positive impact on the region’s economy, generating a strong return on investment for students, society and taxpayers. Demonstrating the Economic Value of Virginia Western Community College, which was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), shows that during fiscal year 2012-13, Virginia Western and its alumni added $293.9 million to economy of its service region, which includes Roanoke City, the City of Salem, Roanoke County, Craig County, southern Botetourt County, and Franklin County.

Virginia Western commissioned the economic study as part of the ongoing development of its new organizational strategic plan: Success 2021. Along with the economic data, the college has also collected input from students, faculty and staff, alumni, veterans, community members and businesses through focus groups and surveys.

“We always strive to collaborate with our local businesses and industries to create curriculum and training programs that will drive the Roanoke Region’s economy,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “This report is very encouraging as it shows in hard numbers the great work we are doing. A Virginia Western education leads to higher individual salaries, more productive local businesses and higher tax revenues.”

Some of the major findings of the EMSI study include:

  • Virginia Western created a $293.9 million economic impact on the region in fiscal year 2012-13. Included in that is $262.9 million in alumni impact and $31 million in operations spending impact.
  • The $293.9 million in added income to the economy is approximately equal to 2.2 percent of the Gross Regional Product.
  • For every $1 spent by students on a Virginia Western education, they gain $2.70 in lifetime income.
  • For every $1 spent by society on Virginia Western, it gains $7.20 in added state income and social savings.
  • For every $1 spent by taxpayers on Virginia Western, they gain $5.70 in added taxes and public sector savings.
  • The added income created by Virginia Western and its students supported 6,845 job equivalents in the region.

To view key facts from the EMSI study or the complete report, visit: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/success2021/analysis.php.

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

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