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Hanover’s Perspective

CCWA-Meeting Workforce Development Needs in the Greater Richmond Region

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Over the past decade, workforce development has grown into one of the most significant issues businesses face. While the situation is of concern in this area, Richmond is not unique; in fact, workforce is a critical issue nationwide. An exceptionally low unemployment rate, coupled with continued strong economic growth, has tightened the labor market and made skilled workers difficult to find. This, in turn, is affecting business operations across the country.

A valuable resource in the Richmond area to help address workforce issues is the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). As a partnership between John Tyler and Reynolds Community Colleges, CCWA provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments, and educational programs. These programs can be offered online, at the employer site, and/or at one of the three community college campuses in the Richmond area (Henrico, Midlothian, and Chester). Programs offered through this unique partnership include fields such as Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1), Certified Logistics Technician, and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If cost is a concern, there are Fast Forward Workforce Training Grants available to help offset the cost of certification programs in high-demand areas.Community College Workforce Alliance service area map

If you are interested in learning more about how this program can assist your workforce needs, please visit CCWA’s website at or contact Liz Fillman, Client Solutions Manager, at (804) 523-2294 or For information on other workforce development ideas and resources, please contact Brandon Turner, Existing Business Manager with Hanover County Economic Development, at or (804) 365-6459.