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21 minutes | May 11, 2021
E41: Regional Trends in Economic Development
In this episode, you'll hear from 2 regional economic development leaders about how they work with the Virginia Economic Development and the efforts that are underway to support and grow targeted industries. Discover the importance of placemaking and infrastructure improvements in attracting and retaining businesses and talent to the region.
14 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
E40: Strengthening Our System, Inc.- Providing Quality Care and a Person Centered Approach
In this episode, you'll learn about Strengthening Our System, Inc. (SOS) and the services that they provide for individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health concerns. Discover the history of the organization, the job opportunities that are available, and the necessary requirements to get started in this field.
14 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
E39: Opportunities with Blue Ridge Designs
In this episode, you'll discover the story of Blue Ridge Designs, a Carroll County-based screen-printed apparel manufacturer. Discover the job opportunities available with Blue Ridge Designs, and the application and hiring process.
17 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
E38: The Virginia Road to Success Program- Increasing Self-Sufficiency, Connecting to an In-Demand Career
In this episode, you'll hear from a guest panel about the Virginia Road to Success Program (RSVP) which focuses on helping individuals increase self-sufficiency through stable continuous employment. Discover the key partnerships that help the RSVP program to assist participants in obtaining employment that leads to self-sufficiency along an identified career pathway.
17 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
E37: The Virginia Economic Development Partnership- Making Virginia the Best State for Businesses, Workers and Families
Stephen Moret, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, joins the program to discuss the work that his organization is doing to advance economic growth and economic development across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also discusses the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Virginia's economy and the efforts that are underway to help the state fully recover.
14 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
E36: The Appalachian Regional Commission's POWER Initiative
In this episode, you'll learn about the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. The initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. Discover how the POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.
11 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
E35: Update on Youth Services
In this episode, you'll hear about youth programming available in the region. Discover eligibility requirements, services offered, and how to connect youth to educational and training opportunities to achieve their overall employment goals.
12 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 8: An Update on Job Seeker Services and Programs
This community awareness podcast provides an update on available job seeker services and programs. Discover how to connect with employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to identify training opportunities and wraparound services, and more.
16 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
E34: Innovating and Changing the Perception of Individuals with Disabilities
Rick Sizemore, Media Specialist at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and former Director of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, joins the program to discuss the mission and impact of the VR Workforce Studio Podcast. Rick reveals what it's like to host and produce the podcast, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had both on the delivery of services to persons with disabilities, as well as messaging.
16 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
E33: Economic Equity and the Road to Success in Virginia Program
Jenny Bolte, Deputy Director of the New River Mt. Rogers Workforce Development Board, returns to the program to provide an update about the Pathways to the American Dream grant, as well as 2 new projects that are funded through the Virginia community college system. Discover how to get training for an in-demand healthcare career, and eligibility requirements.
19 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
E32: Update on Virginia's Unemployment Insurance Program
In this episode, you'll hear updates about Virginia's unemployment insurance system, and changes that have occurred since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll hear about changes both from a regional and state perspective.
16 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
E31: The Ticket To Work Program
In this episode, you'll learn about the Ticket to Work Program, a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security that can help people age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and who are interested in returning to work or working for the first time. You'll also hear from a Ticket to Work participant about the impact that this program had on her life.
16 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
E30: The Virginia Ready Initiative
In this episode, you'll learn about the Virginia Ready Initiative, a newly established nonprofit organization formed in response to the economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover how VA Ready and its partners provide incentives for motivated, out-of-work Virginians to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors.
13 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 7: Business Services During Times of Disruption- Pt 2
In part 2 of this 2-part community awareness podcast, you'll hear about how the New River Mt. Roger Workforce Development Board has innovated and continued to serve business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
9 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 6: Business Services During Times of Disruption- Pt 1
In part 1 of this 2-part community awareness podcast, you'll hear about how the New River Mt. Roger Workforce Development Board has innovated and continued to serve business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
E29: Resource Guidebook for Reopening Your Business in the Age of COVID-19
In this episode, you'll learn about the online resource guidebook created by the New River Valley Task Force Recovery Team. Discover how to access the guidebook, why it was created and what businesses need to consider as they reopen.
12 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 5: Upcoming Virtual Job Fair
In this community awareness podcast, designed to provide crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll hear about an upcoming virtual job fair. Discover some of the employers who are participating and the range of jobs that are available.
13 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 4: Preparing for Job Opportunities During COVID-19
In this community awareness podcast, designed to bring you crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll discover how you can prepare for job opportunities while staying at home.
20 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
E28: Tips for Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As many employees transition from working in an office to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode explores tips for successfully adjusting to working from home. Discover how to create a work/life balance, what to consider when choosing a workspace, and how to maintain a sense of connection when working virtually.
9 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Community Awareness Podcast 3: Virtual Job Seeker Workshops
In this community awareness podcast dedicated to providing crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll learn about virtual job seeker workshops and how to access them.
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