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The Council and its many workforce initiatives are frequently in the news. Check out our stories and additional resources below.

Media Kit

In the News

PCFWD 12th Annual Board Meeting – October 16, 2017

Oct  2017

The Peninsula Council For Workforce Development (PCFWD) held their 12th Annual Board meeting at the Williamsburg Winery on October 16, 2017. The event was attended by over 80 board members, community partners, and regional business leaders, who were welcomed by PCFWD Vice-chair Mark Stefanick, Senior Rewards, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Read our full press release:  Press Release – Board Meeting 10-16-2017

Governor Workforce Development Month

Sep  2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe announces September 2017 as Workforce Development Month
Read the proclamation here

Dr. Olson’s Membership to the GO Virginia Region 5 Council – 2017

Aug  2017

Dr. John Olson newest member on the GO Virginia Region 5 Council.

Read the full article here




Kaine, Portman Introduce Bill to Support Job Training and Skilled Infrastructure Jobs

Aug  2017

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman, introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to ensure that workers are prepared with the skills needed for jobs in fields such as construction, transportation and energy that would be created by major investment in infrastructure.


Read the full article here


Below is a part of the article with a quote from Matthew James.

“As a business driven, community oriented and economic development focused Workforce Development Board in Virginia, we applaud Senators Kaine and Portman on this much need initiative to rebuild America. We are acutely aware of the diverse and sensitive infrastructure needs within our communities and our country. In an area that is rich with military installations and other key industry clusters, the infrastructure build out is a major concern for us.  From a Workforce Development Board perspective, we also support this BUILDS Act as it directly addresses on our national skills gap situation with education and training beyond high school. The BUILDS Act also will build numerous industries that also have career paths and career ladders for Americans for this decade and beyond, “Matthew James, President & CEO, Peninsula Council For Workforce Development in Virginia said.

State of the Workforce and Gap Analysis – 2017

May  2017

Area workforce development organization including the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, Opportunity Inc., Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and Reinvent Hampton Roads shared the findings recently.

Read the full article here

Peninsula Council Names Assistant Vice President

Feb  2017

PCFWD Names Assistant Vice President for Private/Public Partnerships

Lisa Wornom-Zahralddin has been named new Assistant Vice President for Private/Public Partnerships.  Her role at PCFWD will involve realigning industry clusters, investor relations, special projects and business initiatives.
Read the full press release article here
February 2017


Virginia Peninsula Career Pathway Initiative in the News

Aug  2014

Virginia Peninsula Career Pathway initiative cited on pages 9 and 31 in the report “Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity”  from United States Vice President Joe Biden.

Click below to read:
Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
July 2014

Peninsula Worklink Received Full Certification

May  2014

Peninsula Worklink received full certification as a Comprehensive One-Stop by the Virginia Workforce Council, one of only a few to initially receive the honor in the Commonwealth!
May 2014

2014 Youth Career Expo Featured in Navy News Article

Feb  2014