The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is a 501c(3) nonprofit who provides services to adults and youth who need to enter the workforce, reenter the workforce, or advance in the workforce. The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board provides workforce skills assessments, career planning, occupational training and a variety of supporting services to assist individuals in obtaining employment in Local Workforce Area 3 of Virginia, which encompasses the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem.
In addition to the above activities, the board operates one fully comprehensive workforce center location in Roanoke, as well as, two satellite workforce centers, with one being in Covington City and the other at The Franklin Center, in the Town of Rocky Mount. Each center's Resource Room serves as a place where the public, for no charge, can access computers, printers, faxes, copiers and other resources for preparing resumes, searching for jobs, and applying for openings. Resource Room staff provide assistance to those interested in investigating job opportunities and planning careers.
Due to a fire in June 2015, in an adjacent facility located next to the Roanoke Valley Workforce Center, the center's Resource Room equipment was deemed unrepairable and the board must replace all equipment. Any donations received, not specifically designated for other use, will be used to replace equipment in the Roanoke Valley Resource Room.
The board funds its workforce training programs through the receipt of a variety of grants and donations.
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