Quantitative Outcomes

  •  Four partnerships have implemented multiple training programs and served a total of 5,091 employees.

  • A total of 66 people have been placed in new positions through training programs and OJT opportunities.

  • 1,667 credentials/certifications have been obtained by workers in the region through the DRRC's training efforts.


Key Findings: Employers

  • Employers have displayed the ability to share resources within the partnerships.  For example, the Hospital CEO partnership has agreed to share a career coach as well as participated in a marketing video for the region. 
  • The Boeing OJT advanced manufacturing participants have agreed to share OJT plans and some Advanced Manufacturing partners have participated in the VMA’s DIDIVA marketing video.
  • Employers who have shared their results after their participation in DRRC training programs have stated many positive outcomes.  For example, some training provided allowed employers to either achieve improved productivity, expand services that the company can provide and even offer customers a higher quality of service.  

Best Practices

  • As a result of the DRRC’s efforts, community colleges and the public schools in the region are working to revise curriculums and municipalities are implementing processes to enhance low wage individuals.  They have placed inserts in utility bills explaining the residential energy audits and incentive potential for funding energy conservation projects.  
  • The DRRC is currently representing Virginia with a regional pilot project in the national ACT Work Ready Community Initiative.  A large number of employers in the region have agreed to become vested in this project by having workers and key stakeholders take the National Career Readiness Certificate assessment to determine its value for training and future hiring processes.