Workforce Development

New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board (NRV/MR WIB) serves the people of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Smythe, Wythe, and Washington Counties and the Cities of Bristol, Galax, and Radford.

Supported by federal and state funds and local service agencies, the NRV/MR WIB shows its commitment to the region’s quality of life by helping people find jobs and train for better careers. Qualified adults and youths can visit the One-Stop Centers for training, job and career counseling, and other job-related information.

For more information click New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board.

People, Inc.

People Incorporated provides opportunities for low-income people to improve their lives, their families and their communities. Our services are designed to move people toward self-sufficiency and into the economic mainstream. Through a variety of innovative programs, we help people build and acquire assets by assisting them to continue their education, improve their health or job skills, increase their savings, find safe and affordable housing, or develop a small business.

People Incorporated employs a staff of approximately 266 and has established two affiliate corporations to deliver a full range of development services throughout Southwest Virginia and theShenandoah Valley. In 2009, we touched the lives of over 6,300 men, women and children, and continue our work everyday to make the region Virginia a better place to live.

For more information click People, Inc.

Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

In partnership with people with disabilities and their families, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.

For more information click VADRS.

Virginia Employment Commission

The Virginia Employment Commission is dedicated to promoting economic growth through improving the skills of Virginia’s workers and matching them with appropriate business opportunities. The VEC works with Virginia residents to find them appropriate job, technical, and educational opportunities, helping them find stable, profitable, and enriching careers.

The commission also helps businesses find the skilled workers they need.

For more information click VEC.

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville Community College offers a wide range of programs—transfer programs for the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, technical-occupational programs to prepare for a successful career, developmental courses to assist in your success at the college, and continuing education for the life of learning we all must live. Nearly 90,000 people have been served in credit and non-credit courses.

In addition, the college offers courses in many venues. Classes are offered during the day, at night, as well as on the weekend. The college also offers courses at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and at the Smyth County Education Center, and has a strong distance learning program for students who wish to take classes at or near their homes.

For more information click WCC.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys provides a number of job-related services to low-income and dislocated workers in the area. Core services, including basic skills tests, career counseling, job searches help, are available to all. Residents who qualify either through dislocated worker status or income level have access to more in-depth services, such as comprehensive assessments and job training programs. Goodwill also provides numerous opportunities for people with disabilities to increase their skills and find productive employment.

For more information click Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.