Rappahannock Community College New Career Training Center

Rappahannock Community College New Career Training Center

RCC will renovate and repurpose an existing maintenance warehouse structure on the RCC Glenns Campus to improve classroom space and expand dual enrollment opportunities for RCC’s high demand workforce training programs. The new Career Training Center will offer Diesel Mechanics, Welding, and HVAC programs. The Center will allow for day classes for dual enrolled students and evening classes for adult students.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: •  Manufacturing and Distribution/Logistics
  • GO Virginia Request: $290,000.00
  • Match: $290,000.00
  • Source of Match: RCC Foundation; Federal Perkins Grant; and the school divisions of Essex, Lancaster, and Middlesex Counties.
  • Project Type: Implementation

Region 6 Talent Pathways Initiative

Region 6 Talent Pathways Initiative

The Region 6 Council selected the Bay Area Workforce Development Board (BCWDB) to serve as the Talent Pathways Planning Initiative industry cluster talent coordinating entity as the regional workforce convening organization that has a proven track record of providing seamless services among various workforce programs and providing community leadership around workforce issues in GOVA Region 6. Using a sub-regional approach, the BCWDC and Region 6 council will develop a plan to create robust talent pipelines specific to the region’s industry clusters. GO Virginia funds will be used for contract services, outreach, workshops, an employer needs assessment and survey, and administration.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Aquaculture / Seafood / Commercial Fishing / Marine Industries; Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • GO Virginia Request: $250,000.00
  • Match: $125,000.00
  • Source of Match: Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board
  • Project Type: TPI (Planning)

Stafford County Public Schools Innovation Pathways

Stafford County Public Schools, in partnership with G3 Community Services and GCubed, In., are implementing the Innovation Pathways, Workforce Development Project to further develop existing and new educational programs to create a continuous supply of qualified individuals entering “high-demand” information technology (IT), computer science and cyber related professions in the Stafford, Fredericksburg, and King George region. This includes credentialing 460 students and 65 teachers in the CompTIA suite of certifications

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Information/Data Centers, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • GO Virginia Request: $978,449.30
  • Match: $563,962.00
  • Source of Match: Stafford County Public Schools, G3 Community Services, and GCubed, Inc.
  • Project Type:  Implementation
  • Localities: Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, and the City of Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Workforce NOW

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Workforce NOW

Following the previously awarded GO Virginia Enhanced Capacity Building grant that awarded funds to Fredericksburg Chamber in partnership with five school divisions, Germanna Community College, Rappahannock Goodwill Career Works, and the University of Mary Washington to host an internship expo, this project will help address workforce shortages and increase work-based learning opportunities by holding two Internship Expos in 2024 and 2025, conducting a hiring workshop series with 12 workshops in all, and forming a Workforce NOW non-profit and committee to oversee these efforts.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster:  Aquaculture/Seafood/Commercial Fishing/Marine Industries, Forestry/Wood Products/Paper, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Information/Data Centers, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • GO Virginia Request: $230,000
  • Match: $150,000
  • Source of Match: Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce ($150,000)
  • Project Type:  Implementation
  • Localities: Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, and the City of Fredericksburg

Stafford County Public Schools Pathways to Success

Stafford County Public Schools Pathways to Success

The purpose of this project, co-designed by nationally-renowned K-12 STEM curriculum and training provider, JASON Learning (JASON), and Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) is to ensure middle schoolers in Region 6 are receiving career preparation and exploration and gaining workplace skills that employers desire in their future employees.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Aquaculture/Seafood/Commercial Fishing/Marine Industries, Forestry/Wood Products/Paper, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Information/Data Centers, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services.
  • GO Virginia Request: $100,000
  • Match: $50,000
  • Source of Match: Stafford County Public Schools ($15,000) & JASON Learning ($35,000)
  • Project Type:  ECB
  • Localities: Caroline County, Essex County, City of Fredericksburg, King & Queen County, Mathews County, Stafford County, and Westmoreland County

Fredericksburg Region Industry Cluster Analysis

Fredericksburg Region Industry Cluster Analysis

This study will focus on identifying detailed 4-digit NAICS level industries within the broader 2-digit industries already identified in the Growth and Diversification Plan such as Manufacturing, Distribution and Logistics, IT and Data Centers, and Professional Services. It is at this 4-digit level that the Fredericksburg Region Industry Cluster Analysis would provide the most benefit to our region and individual localities.

  • Statewide Project Theme: Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Manufacturing
  • GO Virginia Request: $30,000
  • Match: $15,000
  • Source of Match: Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Vakos, Transurban, Germanna Community College
  • Project Type: Enhanced Capacity Building
  • Localities: City of Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County
  • How does this project create higher paying jobs?This project creates higher paying jobs by providing understanding of the current industries within the Fredericksburg region to attract new companies to the region and expand current companies.

RCC Promoting Careers in Aquaculture

RCC Promoting Careers in Aquaculture

While jobs in the Aquaculture/Seafood/Commercial Fishing/Marine Industries have been declining over the past five years, the region has a high concentration of employment in this industry. This industry is prime for growth in Region 6, especially in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. This project will promote jobs in the aquaculture industry cluster by expanding high school students’ understanding of what jobs are available in the aquaculture industry cluster, expanding educational opportunities that meet employers’ needs, and supporting internship opportunities that help young people gain experience and awareness.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Aquaculture/Seafood/Commercial Fishing/Marine Industries
  • GO Virginia Request: $100,000
  • Match: $50,000
  • Source of Match: RCCEFI ($11,000), VT Center for Economic and Community Engagement ($7,000), Private
  • Project Type:  ECB
  • Localities: Essex, Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Richmond, Westmoreland
  • How does it create high paying jobs? This project creates higher paying jobs by creating positive career and growth opportunities for students and the business cluster.

FXBG Chamber Intern Expo & Hiring Workshops

FXBG Chamber Intern Expo & Hiring Workshops

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, the five school divisions in PDC 16, Germanna Community College, University of Mary Washington and Rappahannock Goodwill’s Career Works program will host an internship expo. This expo will connect students with internships in a variety of industries. 40-60 companies will be represented at the expo with opportunities to connect with our local students and even schedule interviews. The goal for this internship expo is 75 students being interviewed for internship positions. Accompanying the internship expo will be a series of 5 hiring workshops, including workshops on how businesses can build a successful internship program. This internship expo and the hiring workshops comprise the Chamber’s workforce solutions pilot program.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Forestry/Wood products/Paper, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Information/Data Centers, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • GO Virginia Request: $36,000
  • Match: $37,524
  • Source of Match: Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce ($29,254), private businesses ($8,000)
  • Project Type:  ECB
  • Localities: City of Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania
  • How does it create high paying jobs? This project creates higher paying jobs by enhancing job shadowing programs with employers, establishing a regional career exhibition to connect students with summer job opportunities and developing work-based learning opportunities that incorporate soft skills training to keep employees that will lead to better alignment of Region 6 talent with current and prospective job opportunities and the ability for the Region to attract and retain talent.

Germanna Tech Talent Pipeline

Germanna Tech Talent Pipeline

This project will utilize GO Virginia funds to develop two new curriculums to train a workforce in information technology (IT), engineering, computer science and cyber related professions; host two summer camps for middle/high school students; and develop a web portal to engage students in jobs that meet their credentials. GO Virginia funds will be used to 1) purchase and install specialized lab equipment in 4 existing GCC classrooms, 2) train and certify 20 middle and high school instructors, 3) Cover roughly half the costs of the outreach activities in area middle and high schools, and 4) create and implement the web portal and communication/promotion campaign.

  • Statewide Project Theme:  Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Manufacturing, Logistics/Distribution, Information/Data Centers, and Professional/Scientific/Technical Services
  • GO Virginia Request: $634,938
  • Match: $398,000
  • Source of Match: Germanna Community College
  • Project Type:  Implementation
  • Localities: City of Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania
  • How does it create high paying jobs? This project creates higher paying jobs by providing training to over 200 students in the IT and computer science related industries.

Good Jobs Here

Good Jobs Here

This project will complete planning activities towards documenting a 1) better focus all the region’s economic development efforts, 2) draw together a variety of elements and organizations to have a larger and more sustained impact, 3) increase the use of available Go Virginia funds for successful and innovative projects, and 4) prepare the community for an even more positive future.

  • Statewide Project Theme: Workforce Development
  • Region 6 Priority Industry Cluster: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • GO Virginia Request: $50,000
  • Match: $9,900
  • Source of Match: George Washington Regional Commission
  • Localities: City of Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County
  • How does this project create higher paying jobs? This project creates higher paying jobs by understanding the current landscape of jobs within the region and creating a plan to grow jobs within the Fredericksburg area.