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State opens transition center for effects of JFCOM

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Virginia has opened a “career transition” center for U.S. Joint Forces Command employees and surrounding businesses that will be affected by the dismantling of JFCOM.

The Virginia Regional Center for USFJCOM Workforce Transition and Business Development, located in Suffolk, opened Thursday.

“Though we had hoped to keep all of USJFCOM intact, the employees who are being affected by the 50 percent force reduction will have the benefit of a full-time transition center that will provide them with the tools necessary to transition to another job in the shortest amount of time possible,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. 

The center will offer a variety of business services, including entrepreneurship advice, worker assessment, job fairs, training and other career-related services.

Services are being provided by many local and state groups, including state government, the City of Suffolk, Opportunity Inc., Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Workforce Connection, the Small Business Development Centers, and SEVA-Rapid Response. Local colleges are also involved with the center.

Those seeking help from the center can call the JFCOM Transition hotline at (757) 461-7537 or visit http://www.JFCOMtransition.com

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