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Frederick County, VA, places strong emphasis on developing a workforce trained to meet the needs of our employers. The following are brief descriptions of resources available to area businesses:

Valley Workforce

Job posting, pre-screening, and other recruiting solutions for employers

Information available to businesses through Valley Workforce includes: wage data, labor market data and workforce statistics. Valley Workforce utilizes several incentives to assist businesses that hire and train specific populations. Programs include: the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs, Youth Programs, and the Valley On-the-Job Training grant. 

Chuck Peacock - Winchester Center Manager |

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

Job posting, pre-screening, and other recruiting solutions for employers

Virginia Employment Commission is the largest single source of job candidates in Virginia. Employers can post job vacancies online at no charge at Businesses have two posting options; an anonymous posting wherein VEC forwards only pre-screened applicants, or posting company contact information for applicants to apply directly. Visit the VEC website for other services available. 

Kathy Kalisz - Acting Manager, Winchester VEC | (540) 722-3415 |

Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Program

Assistance incorporating apprenticeship opportunities into the workplace

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program provides employers the opportunity to custom design a training program that will meet their specific needs and produce highly skilled workers. It is a “win-win” approach to workforce development for approximately 2,000 employers and more than 13,000 apprentices throughout the Commonwealth.  An apprentice completes a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised, on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction for each year of apprenticeship. Successful completion of the program earns the apprentice a nationally recognized state certification as a journeyman. The benefit to the employer is a highly skilled employee already familiar with their business and processes.

Todd Cook - Apprenticeship Consultant | (540) 248-9280 ext. 25 |
Marco Pineda - Apprenticeship Consultant | (540) 784-4438 |

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

Economic incentives to offset recruitment and training costs

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), part of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, is an economic development incentive program designed for companies making a capital investment and creating new jobs, or expanding an existing business. Eligible clusters include: manufacturing, distribution, headquarters, information technology, regional shared services centers, and research and development. Funding is determined after an assessment of a company’s recruiting and training activities and reimbursement can be applied for just 90 days from an employee’s hire date or after the retraining has occurred. In addition to direct funding, VJIP offers free human resource consulting services. Learn more by visiting the VEDP website.

Debbie Melvin - Assistant Vice President, Workforce Development | (804) 921-0002 |

Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services

Employee screening, training, and retention solutions

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (VADARS) provides businesses tools and resources to employ and support Virginians with disabilities. VADARS’ business development managers may augment recruiting, screening, training, and retention efforts. They offer training on disability awareness and Section 503 regulations, setting up a work experience program, and education on opportunity tax credits.

LaPearl Smith - Business Development Manager | (540) 431-0538 |

Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired

Assistance hiring individuals with disabilities

The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) retains Workforce Specialists that assist employers in recruiting a highly skilled, pre-screened pipeline of talent. Services for employers include: federal contractor hiring (503c), corporate initiatives, workforce diversity and inclusion, worksite consultations, job retention, and potential incentives.

Diane McBride - Business Relations Specialist | (703) 359-1100 |

NW Works

Assistance hiring individuals with disabilities

NW Works professional business services offer an eager and trained workforce in the areas of: product packing and assembly,custodial and landscaping services, mailings, print work, and more. NW Works can meet a variety of project needs and help save time and money.

Marshall Henson - CEO | (540) 313- 9408 |

Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions

Associate’s degree & certificate programs, customized training solutions, and assistance with apprenticeships

Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions specializes in programs that develop and enhance workplace skills for individuals and organizations. They offer top-quality courses online and on-site in hundreds of subjects taught by expert trainers.  Workforce Solutions can customize courses to meet an organization’s needs; options include: half-day workshops, multi-week professional development, certifications, or apprenticeships.
The Workforce Solutions team is experienced in delivering turn-key training solutions and support for businesses of any size. Popular programs with local businesses include:
  • Business & Professional Courses (human resources, leadership, project management, customer service)
  • Computer and Technology Courses (business applications, computer software certification, drone certification)
  • Industrial Courses/Certifications (occupational safety, electrical, HVAC, mechatronics, plumbing, welding, construction project management,  heavy equipment operator)

Sherry Pinto - Workforce Coach (works with individuals to help connect job training to job opportunities) | (540) 869-0754 |
Larry Baker - Director of Business Outreach and Customized Training | (540) 868-7283 |
Becky McKee - Director of Programming | (540) 868-7021 |
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Blue Ridge Community College

Associate’s degree & certificate programs, customized training solutions, and assistance with apprenticeships

Blue Ridge Community College provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry:
  • Professional Development courses (management, leadership, supervision, customer service, and computer software)
  • Manufacturing and Industrial courses (manufacturing technology, mechatronics, machining, welding, forklift operation, commercial driving, and safety)
Mary Sullivan - Director of Business Outreach | (540) 453-2320 |
Matt Goss - Manufacturing Engineering Technology | (540) 453-2408 |
Latoya Garrison - Job Placement/Internship Coordinator | (540) 453-2596 |
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Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree programs

Numerous colleges and universities are nestled within the Shenandoah Valley and just beyond. Businesses consider our colleges and universities partners and rely on them for training, as well as, research and development. High academic standards, new technologies and the application of  classroom learning to real world situations prepare Valley graduates to enter the job market as educated and skilled professionals. 

Bridgewater College
Christendom College
Eastern Mennonite University
Hollins University
James Madison University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Mary Baldwin College
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Shepherd University
Valley College Martinsburg
Virginia Military Institute
Washington & Lee University

Page County Technical Center

Training center for high school students and continuing education for all ages

The Page County Technical Center serves high school students in Page County, as well as, adults of all ages through the continuing education program. Current programs of study include: automotive technology, cosmetology, electricity and cabling, Health Assistant, practical nursing, and criminal justice.

LeighAnn Pettit - Principal | (540) 778-7282

James Rumsey Technical Institute

Training center for high school students and continuing education for all ages

James Rumsey Technical Institute offers career training and academic education for adult students and high school students in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Students obtain hands-on education in computers and technology, public service, creative arts,
  • Creative (culinary arts);
  • Healthcare (Certified Nursing Assistant, massage therapy, practical nursing, surgical technology)
  • Industrial (Electrical Technician, electromechanical technology, HVAC/R)
  • Transportation (automotive technology and truck driving)

Donna Van Metre - Director | (304) 754-7925 |

C.S. Monroe Technology Center

Training center for high school students

Part of the Loudoun County Public School System, C.S. Monroe Technology Center (MTC) offers career-technical training for secondary and adult students in 26 career-technical programs. The center is committed to student growth in all areas of Career and Technical Education and they strive to ensure that technical education within an academic setting prepares students for college- and career-readiness.

Timothy Flynn - Principal | (571) 252-2080 |

Blue Ridge Technical Center

Training center for high school students

Blue Ridge Technical Center is part of the Warren County Public School system. BRTC offers high school students coursework in:
  • Family and consumer sciences (Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow)
  • Health and Medical Sciences (Biomedical Technician, practical nursing, medical interventions, health informatics)
  • Technology Education (technical drawing and design, aerospace engineering, digital electronics, computer integrated manufacturing)
  • Trade and Industrial (cybersecurity, drafting, electricity, mechatronics)
Jane Baker - Director of Career & Technical Education | (540) 635-7123 |

A Snapshot of Positions Posted Over a 30-day Period, ending October 5, 2017:

Employers with Listings: 1,200
Certifications Required: 133
Total Job Postings: 3,824
Occupations Represented: 411

Top Position Listings Overall 

Retail Salesperson:  317
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Persons: 185
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers: 184
Food Prep & Serving Workers: 113
Laborers & Material Movers: 96
Maintenance & Repair Workers: 89
Registered Nurses: 86
Janitors and Cleaners: 72
Sales Representatives, Services: 70
Customer Service Representatives: 66

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Healthcare Occupations

Support: 111
Practitioners & Technical: 306

Industrial Occupations

Production: 175
Transportation & Material Movers: 413
Construction: 116

Back Office Occupations

Office & Administrative: 403
Business & Financial Operations: 90
Computer & Mathematic: 92

Source: JobsEQ, RTI Report - November 7, 2017 |  Region includes Winchester and Frederick County, and is based on ZCTAs that intersect both locations.

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Economic Development Authority
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Winchester, VA 22601

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