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Virginia Career Works Center Opens New Location at Historic Triangle Campus

WILLIAMSBURG-The Hampton Roads Workforce Council opened a new Virginia Career Works Center at the Historic Triangle campus of Thomas Nelson Community College in Williamsburg on October 7. The center provides career exploration resources to Thomas Nelson students and the Williamsburg-James City County community.

People entering and re-entering the workforce are provided with guidance in resume writing, interview skills, job searches, career-building resources and assistance in determining eligibility for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA grants assist job seekers with access to employment, education, training, and support with programs and classes on the Peninsula.

The grant program provides $5,000 for education to qualifying jobseekers. “Individuals can be eligible based on either being a dislocated worker, someone who’s become unemployed due to the pandemic, or someone who’s been laid off work for general reasons and separated from employment,” said Steven Miller, career services specialist with Hampton Roads Workforce Council.

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council partnered with James City County, York County, and Williamsburg Social Services as well as New Horizons to provide a hub of services performed by individuals who normally work in offices scattered throughout Hampton Roads.

“The goal of the new center is to reach people who found it burdensome to travel to Thomas Nelson’s main campus or the Workforce Development centers located in Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Franklin and Portsmouth,” said Franz Albertini, interim dean of Workforce Development at Thomas Nelson Community College.

The new office space offers three computer stations and a variety of hot-job boards. The center intends to host job fairs, hiring events, and orientations at its newest site in the future.

Virginia Career Works Center at the Historic Triangle campus of Thomas Nelson Community is located at 4601 Opportunity Way in Room 118. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm; Wednesday from 9:30am to 4:30pm; and Friday hours are 8:30am to 12:30pm. For more information about the new center, please visit the Hampton Roads Workforce Council’s website at https://www.theworkforcecouncil.org.

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