Hampton Roads Workforce Council Hosts U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia at Virginia Career Works – Norfolk Center

Secretary Scalia Joins Congressman Bobby Scott on tour of American Job Center & Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center

Norfolk, VA — February 3, 2020 — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council today announced that U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia visited its Virginia Career Works (VCW) – Norfolk Center and the Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center (HRVEC). Secretary Scalia was accompanied by Congressman Bobby Scott, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor and longstanding champion of workforce development efforts in the region. Also present during the tour and briefing on the center’s programs and services were Mark Johnson, Chair, Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Vice President & Community Development Manager, SunTrust, now Truist; Guenter Weissenseel, Vice Chair, Hampton Roads Workforce Council and President of IMS Gear Virginia LLC; Shawn Avery, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Workforce Council; Steve Cook, Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Hampton Roads Workforce Council; and Bryan Stephens, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber. 

The U.S. Department of Labor has been integral to the success of Virginia Career Works – Hampton Roads — allocating over $4 million to various departments that support thousands of job seekers per year.  Within the last program year, our Virginia Career Works Centers have served 9,437 individual customers — totaling 37,489 visits with 454 individualized career services. The VCW staff also helped 3,950 businesses find skilled employees.  More recently, the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau awarded the Hampton Roads Workforce Council a $500,000 grant to support its new Women In Skilled Trades (WISC) program — designed to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

As important, since its inception in January 2018, the HRVEC has connected assisted 6,780 veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses — helping them to identify, navigate, and access services and resources to attain their employment goals and support their successful transition into the civilian workforce.  Within the last year, job seekers from the military community have secured meaningful employment in the region, earning an average salary of $47,038.35.  

“We have made significant progress in our efforts to provide more strategic workforce development solutions that support the diverse communities that we serve – employers, job seekers, and Veterans,” said Shawn Avery, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Workforce Council.  “We are especially pleased that our leadership at the state and federal levels recognize and share in our commitment to strengthening the talent pipeline in our region to ensure we are better equipped to respond to business and industry demands.”

Following the tour, Secretary Scalia will join industry leaders in the region for a roundtable discussion on workforce development efforts.  The meeting will take place at STIHL in Virginia Beach.

The Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center and Virginia Career Works – Norfolk Center is located at 861 Glenrock Road, Suite 220 and Suite 100; Norfolk, VA 23502. For more information on services available through the Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center and Virginia Career Works, please visit www.vcwhamptonroads.org.   

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About the Hampton Roads Workforce Council 

Established by the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, formerly Opportunity Inc., oversees federally funded workforce development programs for South and Western Hampton Roads.  The Hampton Roads Workforce Council provides strategic workforce development solutions designed to assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in search of suitable job openings and training opportunities to bolster their earning potential.