Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Initiative
In August 2010, the Greater Peninsula was awarded a Regional Career Pathways Grant by the Virginia Community College System. Facilitated by the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development (PCFWD) and Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), the grant, part of a Ford Foundation Grant to Virginia, was aimed at developing an integrated and coordinated Career Pathway System for high school students and adults at all levels. Partners include businesses, post-secondary education, adult education, and secondary education (both school divisions and New Horizons Regional Education Center).
The Peninsula grant focused on the Advanced and Precision Manufacturing Technologies Career Pathway. The program aligns economic and workforce systems through a Comprehensive Career Pathways Strategic Plan for Advanced Technology. This grant was used to conduct a labor market study of jobs in green and advanced technologies in manufacturing on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 – 2016, including how changes in the economy and the emergence of green jobs will effect this sector. The data was used to develop a strategic plan to align programs, including GED and Middle College, to assist high school students and adults into those employment opportunities with the right skill sets.
Work on growing the Advanced Manufacturing workforce continues today. Below you will find some of the activities happening to support this exciting initiative.
Editorial Training for the future from Daily Press, February 2017
Roadmap to Success! A Strategic Plan for Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing
Click here to read the Roadmap to Success Strategic Plan
Skills to Succeed Inventory 2012 – 2016
Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline at TNCC
The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development is one of the regional partners in Thomas Nelson Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. The pipeline process was designed as a flexible-entry-flexible-exit (FEFE) system to be brought to every manufacturer in Hampton Roads to:
- Improve job skills standards
- Simplify the hiring and training processes
- Facilitate the development of unskilled and underskilled job applicants in manufacturing
- Increase the ability of workers to obtain “good” jobs with “good” wages and benefits
To discover more about the TNCC Advanced Manufacturing Center and manufacturing job opportunities in Hampton Roads contact us today or visit Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development.