Virginia’s employment initiative VA Ready initiative enrollment reaches 2K

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Ready Initiative, known as Virginia Ready, a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership dedicated to training Virginians and help them secure in-demand positions has announced it has reached 2,000 enrollment numbers.

“The state of Virginia’s economy has begun to improve as Covid-19 cases have decreased and vaccinations have increased, but there are still many Virginians trying to reenter the workforce or reskill into an entirely new industry where good, family sustaining jobs are open,” said Caren Merrick, chief executive officer of VA Ready. “We’ve reached 2,000 of them within the past year alone and we plan to keep forging ahead until every Virginian who wants to learn a new skill and advance their career has been given the opportunity to reskill and reenvision their path toward success.”

Caren Merrick, CEO of Virginia Ready

The program was founded with a mission of helping Virginia residents gain new skills and find careers for in-demand industries like healthcare, technology, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and skilled trades.

The initiative provides several incentives for people to gain new skills in accelerated training courses when they enroll in any VA Ready-approved FastForward course with the Virginia Community College System.

After completing their course and their credential, participants will receive $1,000 in Credential Achievement Awards and, due to a variety of funding opportunities through the FastForward program, the courses are often entirely free of charge.

Once participants complete their credentials, they have the unique opportunity to interview with VA Ready’s 24 business partners including EY, Bank of America, Genworth Financial, Dominion Energy, Sentara, PcW, Huntington Ingalls, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, Northrop Gruman, BAE Systems and many others.

Breaking down the 2,000 participants who have signed up for the program: 44% are Black and 55% are women.

For more information abut the VA Ready Initiative, click here.

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