The purpose of RESOURCE and the Capital Area Workforce Center is to increase private sector employment opportunities and to ensure the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business and industry in the Richmond region. Three centers in the region can help businesses with employment and training needs by offering services and information to help meet a variety of employment challenges.
Employers may post their jobs and receive qualified applicant referrals for no fee. Other services include applicant screening, conducting specialized recruitment projects for employers and providing interview space. RESOURCE prides itself on connecting employers to a diverse applicant pool and providing information on state and federal tax credit programs and helping to address issues related to immigration.
Companies who are downsizing are also encouraged to contact the Center to inquire about transitional support and job search services for their employees.
The VEC provides a wide variety of no-fee services to employers, including exposure to job vacancies, recruitment assistance, labor market information, tax credit information, and many more. Employers may post jobs for free, review resumes of registered candidates and manage those candidates online. In addition, the site features a comprehensive listing of other resources of interest to employers.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is a partnership between J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, customized instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs for government, corporate, non-profit and educational employers. CCWA offers on-line registration, customer support and courses delivered by adjunct faculty in three convenient locations, at employer sites and on-line. Facility rentals are also available for business meetings and corporate training sessions.
The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) is an economic development incentive supporting the creation of new jobs and investment throughout the Commonwealth. The program offsets the recruiting and training costs of new and expanding companies by providing customized services and funding to qualifying companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The program specifically addresses the top concern of existing businesses as well as economic development prospects — finding and developing a skilled workforce.
ECPI College of Technology offers Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate’s degrees or diplomas in technology, business, health sciences and culinary arts.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College was founded in 1972 to serve the capitol region in and around the city of Richmond. In just over 36 years, J. Sargeant Reynolds has grown into the third largest college in the Virginia Community College System, enrolling students at three major campuses, at five off-campus sites, and “virtually” through distance learning. The college currently offers 24 two-year occupational/technical degree programs, nine occupational/technical certificate programs, five two-year college transfer programs, and 43 career studies certificate programs requiring less than one-year of full-time study.
John Tyler Community College offers a variety of two-year associate degrees, as well as shorter certificate and career studies certificate programs, with a focus on primarily serving the residents of the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, as well as the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. Classes are held at campuses in Midlothian and Chester, as well as locations throughout the service area and via distance education.
Founded in 1830 and located in historic Ashland, Va., Randolph-Macon College is a selective, co-educational, national liberal arts and sciences college. The school offers students a broad academic foundation and provides them numerous opportunities for individualizing their education. It also features a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, an average class size of 15 students and an overall enrollment of approximately 1,175 students.
The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies. In 2009, the Robins School of Business was voted No. 12 in the nation by BusinessWeek for its undergraduate business program.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 208 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.
Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions. The school has a student population of nearly 5,000 students who enjoy personal attention by the faculty and staff not typically found at larger institutions. U.S. News & World Report acknowledged VSU’s excellence by naming the University the top, public, master’s level HBCU in America. Virginia State University offers 50 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and a Certificate of Advanced Study within five schools: The School of Agriculture; The School of Business; The School of Engineering, Science and Technology; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach.
Virginia Union University was founded in1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The University is the result of the merger of four institutions: Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College, and Storer College. Today, Virginia Union University has the distinction of being one of the oldest historically black universities in the South. The University offers a broad range of educational opportunities while advancing its focus on teaching, research, science, and technology, as well as adult continuing education, civic engagement, and distance education.