Promoting Credentials for Our Community
IALR’s Advanced Learning efforts aim to strengthen the community’s workforce to earn industry recognized credentials. These credentials will encourage current companies to expand and attract new business prospects to the area. It also leads to higher wages and improved opportunities for community workers. The Advanced Learning team works tirelessly to create partnerships to support educational and workforce training initiatives that benefit both the employer and employee.
Certified Work Ready Community Initiative
In cooperation with the Dan River Region Collaborative, IALR promotes regional partnerships of businesses, educators and workforce developers to address the skills needs of regional employers. As part of the group’s efforts, members continue to develop and expand on the ACT Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) initiative. ACT Work Ready Communities empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth. The CWRC initiative began as a pilot program to align workforce and education to meet the unique economic needs of the region.
Community Health Worker Project
IALR serves as the fiscal agent for the award-winning Community Health Worker (CHW) project, which has established a group of public health workers to improve client’s abilities to manage their health in the Dan River Region. The project is a partnership with the Health Collaborative, a cross-sector group of residents who work together to improve the health and well-being of the area. The CHW initiative has enhanced relationships between clients and healthcare and social services providers to increase accessibility, leading to a healthier community and workforce. The program has proven to not only benefit its clients but also the CHWs. As of April 2018, the Community Health Worker position is now a certifiable position in Virginia. Via the Health Worker Legacy Application, existing CHWs who meet requirements established by the Virginia Certification Board have the opportunity to apply for certification. The Board established a CHW certification training program for individuals who are interested in becoming CHWs but have no prior experience.
Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs
IALR’s Advanced Manufacturing division offers a comprehensive advanced level training program at its Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining. Completers of the college-level precision machining program enter this elite, advanced program to train in a full-scale manufacturing work flow cell to support a realistic, fully-integrated learning experience, preparing them for leadership positions within the industry. Curriculum is aligned with NIMS Level III master-level CNC Machining skills. The program is led by experienced and nationally renowned staff and has garnered the attention of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and others as a benchmark model for precision machining workforce development.