Thomas Nelson Hosts Annual Spring Career Fair

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development is offering students and members of the community a chance to spring into new careers at the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC) at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

Representatives from the region’s top manufacturing, retail, finance and other leading industries will be available to meet prospective employees face-to-face. Many employers will be accepting resumes for part-time, full-time and internship positions.

Career Services will offer free career seminars providing job-seekers with a chance to write winning resumes, sharpen interviewing skills, find federal jobs and start their own business.

During the fair, the Thomas Nelson On Ramp program will hold an information session about opportunities for free training for individuals who have been laid off due to no fault of their own. The On Ramp information session will take place in room 1118 at 11 a.m.

Job seekers may also take advantage of additional resources at the PWDC, including the One Stop Career Resource Center for free seminars and workshops as well as the Virginia Employment Commission for additional assistance in their search for jobs.

Career fair attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes as some employers will conduct on-site interviews.

For more information about the fair call (757) 865-5882 or visit our Job Fair page.

The Career Services Center is a function of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development, connecting students, graduates and the workforce with employers and careers through skill assessment, career counseling, program information, and job referral services.

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Family Caregiver Training Supports Families in Need

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Caregivers need skills and resources to support a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend, while managing family, finances and life. To better equip caregivers on the Peninsula, a Family Caregivers class will be held April 16, 23 and 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Thomas Nelson Community College Historic Triangle Campus, Allied Health Lab, room 307.

More than 65 million Americans are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. The three-hour caregiver class provides hands-on practical training. The training will teach participants how to maintain a safe and comfortable home, how to keep track of various medications, training with moving your loved one, resources for additional assistance and much more.

Financial assistance is available. Respite care for loved ones is available through Comfort Keepers and Williamsburg Faith in Action.

The cost for all three classes is $35 and includes the American Red Cross Family Caregiver Manual and DVD, and practice supplies.

To register or for additional information call (757) 825-2767.

This project is a collaboration of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development, Senior Services Coalition, the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging, Sentara Home Care, Comfort Keepers, and Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.

Funding support has been provided by James City County, Greenfield Senior Living and The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place.

Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Partner Awarded 2013 Chancellor’s Award

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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.

Thomas Nelson Opens New Workforce Center in Williamsburg

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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.

Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Hosts Veterans Job and Career Fair

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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.

Employers Gain Inside Track to Free and Low-Cost Workforce Services at April 11 Summit at TNCC

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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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