Kenia Guevara was 2 years old when her family emigrated to the United States from El Salvador. Growing up in Frederick County, she was subjected to racial slurs, told she would never amount to anything and told to go back to her native country. Continue reading 6 graduate from Virginia Career Works’ first Building Maintenance Technician Program
Having his work hours drastically reduced due to the pandemic led Kareem Jenkins to take a serious look at what he wanted to do with his life.
The Manassas resident had been working two part-time jobs before the pandemic struck – as a pizza delivery driver and as a school janitor. When the pandemic closed down schools, Jenkins was out of the janitorial job for months. His delivery job racked up miles on his car. Continue reading Kareem Jenkins: Pandemic hiatus leads to new career direction
Seven years ago, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber CEO Cynthia Schneider found herself at a crossroads.
Her job had ended and she was 58, but she wasn’t ready for retirement. Continue reading Cynthia Schneider: A Fresh Start Later in Life Thanks to LFCC
For Andrea Davis, FastForward has been nothing short of life-changing. She was incarcerated for over eight years in federal prison, and after serving her time, she knew she had to make a change. Thanks to funding support through FastForward, Andrea was on the road to improving her life. Continue reading For Andrea Davis, the CDL Program was Life-Changing
Had it not been for the pandemic, Amy Russo wouldn’t be in a new career right now, down what she loves – which now includes inoculating people against the COVID-19 virus.
Russo was working in automotive sales, making a very good salary, when life – as it did for millions around the globe – drastically changed.
Talent shortages are frustrating to employers but with 10 million unemployed in the United States, is there really a shortage of talent or are skills gaps the underlying issue? Continue reading Ready to Grow Your Own Workforce?
Clarke County Man Beats the Odds and Finds a New Career Through Training with LFCC Workforce Solutions
Luis Camacho-Bruno is so much happier pursuing his trades education than he was while working towards his engineering degree. The 2018 Clarke County High School graduate spent two years studying engineering at a four-year university.
“Then the pandemic hit,” he said. “It made me change my perspective on things.”
Usually, plumbers are the ones making house calls. But, one evening a week, a professional comes to Powell’s Plumbing in Winchester to provide instruction to 11 employees. It’s all part of a customized LFCC Workforce Solutions Corporate Training program. The employees are in the first level apprenticeship plumbing class. A few are plumbing technicians, and the rest are helpers, said Joey Luttrell, general manager of Powell’s Plumbing.
Joey Luttrell and 11 employees at Powell’s Plumbing prior to class.
Luckily for Ortiz, he was able to turn this setback into a positive, quickly earning a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)-recognized credential and starting a new career he loves.
Josiah Shortridge is just 22-years-old, but the facility operator HVAC technician is already thriving in his career.
He recently completed the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) trades course offered through LFCC Workforce Solutions. Shortridge earned his Level 4 certificate over the winter.
Because of the bonus hours he earned while out working during the course, he was able to get to the journeyman level in two years instead of four.