• SkillSource Clients Speak to Northern Virginia Workforce Program Success


    A Young Mother’s Brush with Success


    Youth Engineers a Brighter Future


    Veteran Bridges Credential Gap to Employment

  • DTAP Transitions Laid Off Defense Contractors to New Employment

    The Defense Transition Assistance Program (DTAP), in partnership with Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, assists regional U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) civilian contractors in the Northern Virginia region who are (or expect to be) impacted by DoD spending cutbacks. Grant funds have been awarded from the DoD Office of Economic Adjustment, through the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. If your defense company has experienced financial hardships from DoD spending cutbacks or loss of DoD contracts, DTAP can help workers access training and/or re-training, job search efforts and small business planning. Click here to review the Program Flyer or contact Tom Ruby at tom.ruby@myskillsource.org or 703-606-9008.

  • New Grant Award Provides Financial Assistance to Prince William County Jobseekers

    SkillSource has been awarded a new grant through the Virginia Community College System to implement a Working Families Success Network (WFSN) model at the Prince William Workforce Center in Woodbridge, Virginia. The grant award will fund a full-time WFSN Coach that will connect Prince William County jobseekers with Workforce and Education Services, Income Support Services and Financial Services. The WFSN Coach is anticipated to serve 300 individuals over a three-year period.

  • SkillSource and Workforce Investment Act Performance Dashboard

    Northern Virginia
    SkillSource Centers

    FY 2013

    FY 2014

    FY 2015
    (10 months)

    SkillSource Center
    Jobseeker Visits

    77,431

    70,301

    54,485

    Enrolled into Programs

    1,013

    1,180

    1,006

    Job Placements

    292

    403

    357

    Revenues Earned by SkillSource

    $6.6M

    $8.0M

    $6.06M

     

  • Driven Jobseeker Results in Successful Career Change

    Having worked as a groundskeeper for a local community for several years, Ronald Jones realized that he could no longer handle the physical labor that his job required. He had been out of work for 8 months when he visited the Prince William Workforce Center in August 2014. Mr. Jones met with a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) case manager and shared his desire to make a career change. Mr. Jones learned that Commercial Drivers’ Licenses (CDLs) were in-demand in Northern Virginia, and enrolled in a CDL Class A course. Mr. Jones completed his training, earned his Class A Commercial Driver’s License and was soon offered employment as a driver, earning $36,400 annually, plus benefits. Mr. Jones has expressed his gratitude towards WIA programs and staff for their support in his career transition. 

  • B2B Opportunity Fair hosted by ENOVATE Program and Partners

    On May 29, 2015, the Employing Northern Virginia through Entrepreneurship (ENOVATE) program and partners including the Business Development Assistance Group (BDAG) and Northern Virginia Community College are hosting a B2B Opportunity Fair for small business owners interested in networking with local businesses, looking for assistance to start or expand their business, and attending free workshops on available resources. Small business owners interested in attending the event can find out more information at www.bdag.org.

    ENOVATE is the Northern Virginia arm of the Virginia Employment Though Entrepreneurship Consortium (VETEC) which provides jobseekers with training and technical assistance to start their own businesses. VETEC has helped 475 jobseekers and started 187 new businesses.

  • Ticket to Work (TTW) program Exceeds Benchmarks

    The Ticket to Work (TTW) program is a Social Security Administration (SSA) employment program for SSA disability beneficiaries between ages 18 and 64 who can and want to work. The goal of TTW is to increase opportunity and choice for SSA beneficiaries through support from Employment Networks (ENs). SkillSource’s TTW program currently serves 109 beneficiaries and has placed 83 into employment at an average hourly wage of $14.42 ($29,994 annually). The program consistently receives an “Excellent” customer service satisfaction score from SSA. SkillSource has set performance benchmarks using comparison data from other workforce ENs, and has more than double the average number of tickets assigned and generates more revenue from payments in comparison to other workforce ENs.

  • Youth Voice their Views to State and Federal Officials

    The Northern Virginia Youth Leadership Program was launched in the fall of 2014 for participants in the SkillSource WIA Youth Program. The Leadership Program meets monthly to help young adults become strong leaders and develop their public speaking abilities, while also working on job readiness and industry certifications. Youth traveled to Richmond on February 11th to speak with local Virginia General Assembly Delegates and State Senators, as well as the Governor's Director of the State Workforce Board, Sara Dunnigan. On May 20th, the group traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with staff from Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine's offices, as well as the Chief of the Youth Services Office for the U.S. Department of Labor, Jennifer Troke. Young adults in this Program develop their leadership talents and recognize how their voices and actions can benefit their communities.

May 2015

 

Our 2015 Corporate Leaders

Silver Leader

David A. and
Jocelyn B. Hunn


Bronze Leaders


2015 Friends of SkillSource

Competitive Edge Services, Inc. d/b/a Corporate Gray

John E. and Sandra J. Ritzert