CCV’s workforce development efforts have been attracting attention in communities around the state and beyond. In Bennington, a cluster of companies that make carbon fiber composites (very strong, light materials used in hospital equipment, cars, and aeronautics equipment) need to quickly train employees as they expand to fill demand for lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles and equipment. CCV’s Governor’s Career Ready Certificate program (GCRC) offers the computer literacy and communications skills many of their potential employees need to get started, and CCV-Bennington staff have partnered with the Bennington Career Development Center and the Department of Labor to develop this program.
Vermont Public Radio’s Susan Keese interviewed students in a CCV-Bennington computer lab for her report on the growing composite industry in southern Vermont, and when the Associated Press picked up the story it aired locally as well as on NBC, ABC, FOX affiliates, NECN, and in print media outlets throughout New England.
In the Northeast Kingdom the Newport Daily Express reported on a meeting where Mercedes Pour-Previti, an academic coordinator at CCV-Newport, described the 10-week GCRC course to the Economic Restructuring Committee, part of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation. And in February, CCV Workforce Coordinators Tiffany Keune and William Morison will travel to Louisiana to present “How Community Colleges Can Expand Beyond Their Doors to Help Businesses Find and Retain Talent” at the Cenla Work Ready Network 2012 Workforce Summit.
According to Keune, CCV, working with the Department of Labor, has run workforce development programs this year with Cabot, Green Mountain Coffee, Plasan North America, Plasan Carbon Composites, Lake Champlain Chocolate, and UPS. In the GCRC Program alone, 164 incumbent and aspiring workers have successfully earned the National Career Readiness Certificate, and 151 have earned the Governor’s Career Ready Certificate, both of which identifies job seekers who have key foundational job skills.