The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Elizabeth River Crossings recently launched the Connecting Opportunities program — an innovative program that will connect local community members to higher paying, more stable opportunities through skilled trade education. Through the new program, 30 students per year will receive funding to complete trade programs through Tidewater Community College’s Skilled Trades Academy. Participants will receive trainings and employment assistance for in-demand construction and maritime trades such as welding, roofing, National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) Core, HVAC, Plumbing, and Carpentry. After the trainings are completed, participants will receive assistance with job placement within the maritime and construction industry.

For more information, contact Ms. Nahla Saleh at or 757-629-4676.

Course applications can be turned in to the TCC Center for Workforce Solutions at 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA 23435, Phone: 757-822-1234, Fax: 757-822-1160 or emailed to