NOVA, Manassas, Prince William, local groups launch workforce program
Participants get free training, stipends, job placement services
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) announced Monday it is partnering with the city of Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia Career Works and the SkillsSource Group to launch the $1.9 million ELEVATE Program to provide free education and workforce services. Funded by federal CARES Act funding, the program will also help businesses to upskill their workforces.
Participants in the weekslong program can start their free training at NOVA in areas including information technology, health care, professional education and English language skills. Most courses will be offered online due to COVID-19, but some courses in health care may be offered in person with restrictions in place at NOVA’s Manassas campus.
“We already have one of the strongest, most innovative, and productive workforces in the country,” Christina Winn, Prince William County Department of Economic Development executive director, said in a statement. “These resources will not only help residents get back to work, but also return to the workforce armed with new skills and abilities that will help them advance in their careers, be more productive, and help make our economy more resilient.”
The partnership includes funding for free education and certifications as well as transportation, stipends and job placement services. Some programs will also include guaranteed interviews with local employers.
The grant cycle will run from September through the end of December and funding will continue until exhausted.
“By removing cost as a barrier and adding supportive services, the city can best help residents get jobs,” Economic Development Director Patrick Small said in a statement. “By helping people get jobs we help businesses meet their workforce needs.”