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Shawn Avery, vice president of the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, was awarded the 2013 Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award in the Career Paths category on December 12.
The award was presented at the annual Hire Education Workforce Conference Innovator’s Award Show and Banquet. This year’s conference was attended by more than 400 workforce professionals from colleges, workforce boards, industry, and schools. Virginia’s Community Colleges hosted the event.
Nominated by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, Avery had a major impact in the success of the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, which recently resulted in four career pathway grants totaling more than $5.5 million.
“Shawn is an exceptional leader of a strategic plan for industry-education career pathways that is already seeing results,” stated Dr. Deborah Wright, vice president of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development. “His understanding of business needs and economic development, K-12 and community college program capacity and possibility, and workforce board priorities has made an invaluable difference in allied health and advanced manufacturing career pathways.”
The Chancellor’s Awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of the college’s mission in serving Virginia’s workforce and community.
Through Avery’s efforts, the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council produced a career pathway training strategy designed to meet the regional needs of 11,000 additional workers in advanced manufacturing, a strategic training plan for the region in Allied Health, and a proposal that awarded the region $5 million in health occupation training funds.
In addition, Avery was fundamental in developing a career pathway electronic library in manufacturing, allied health and numerous Career Cafés in the Peninsula. The Career Cafés provide career pathway advice to more than 5,000 young adults in the region.
Recently, Avery led the effort to help Thomas Nelson receive more than $240,000 in grant funds to support a manufacturing training program, along with Workforce Investment Act, to serve recently separated veterans.
“Business-education partnerships happen on the Peninsula because of strong partners,” stated Avery. “It is a great honor that Thomas Nelson nominated me for this award.”
Avery was awarded the Virginia Community College System’s Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2010.
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Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate the new Thomas Nelson Workforce Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the new location, 4135 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188.
The new Workforce Center is located in the Williamsburg New Town area, the center provides first-class training and coordinated economic and workforce development services to public and private organizations.
The new center includes two wireless classrooms and an executive conference room.
The Workforce Center offers training programs for the business community, providing entrepreneurs, employees and transitional or dislocated workers with the skills to advance in varying corporate industries.
For more information about the Thomas Nelson Workforce Center or corporate training programs call (757) 345-2855.
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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development is connecting veterans and employers during the Veterans Job and Career Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC) at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.
Representatives from more than a dozen of the region’s top manufacturing, retail, finance and other leading industries will be present, including Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Greg Garrett Realty, Hampton Roads Transit and Newport News Shipbuilding.
“It’s important for our organization to actively recruit veterans to become a part of our workforce,” stated Edward Joyner, staffing manager at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We want to honor what veterans have done for our country while recognizing the valuable skills they have acquired as a result of their experiences.”
The career fair will also offer career workshops on topics including successful networking, resume writing, federal job searching and more.
Job fair attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes as some employers will conduct on-site interviews.
The Veterans Job and Career Fair is part of a four-day observance of Veterans beginning on Nov. 11, with a Veterans Day breakfast and moment of silence.
For more information about the fair call (757) 865-5882. For more information about Veterans Day observances at Thomas Nelson visit tncc.edu/news-events.
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Peninsula companies will find an “inside track” for locating qualified workers, weathering downsizing, and accessing grants to avert layoff situations at the free Connecting the Dots Summit held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton on Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, Southeast Virginia (SEVA) Rapid Response and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, the Summit will link employers with free state and regional resources.
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The Historic Triangle area has been ranked a top destinations in the USA, and in 2011 the Travelers’ Choice “#1 Family Choice Award went to Williamsburg, Virginia. To prepare employees and residents to serve the needs of tourists, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Workforce Development and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance partner each year to provide free training to local businesses, organizations and individuals.
With this exciting training, anyone can become an ambassador for Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle.
Prepare, Care, ShareSM Hospitality Training is a two-part course open to anyone – that’s right, anyone – who lives or works in the Triangle area. The training helps participants better understand visitors’ needs, creating better ambassadors for the region. To date, over 4600 individuals have benefited from the program.
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Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in Hampton, Va. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10.
Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including TNCC’s Workforce Development Office in the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC). Speakers for this year’s event include:
- Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
- Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
- Mike Krzyzewski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
- John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
- Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
- LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
- Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
- David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
- Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), via exclusive Simply Lead video interview