Work Talk

Work Talk

Work Talk is the official podcast of New Rivers/Mt Rogers Workforce Development Area. The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board envisions a region where every business has access to a qualified, job-ready workforce and every citizen in the region has the skills needed to secure meaningful employment, competitive wages, and career advancement .

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In this episode, you'll hear about the efforts that are underway in the region to attract and retain talent in the skilled trades. Phil Callicott , Founder of the The Trades Training Initiative, discusses the vision that his organization has for developing in the construction industry and how the Trades Training Initiative is bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, and workers to address critical skills gaps. 

Nov 17

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In this episode, you'll hear about the STRONG Accountable Care Community (STRONG ACC). Discover the history of the organization, and how the STRONG ACC is helping to break down barriers, improve inter-agency coordination of services, better address social determinants of health, and improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities.

Sep 16

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This episode takes a deeper dive into The Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program, particularly those elements that support recovery for individuals and families impacted by substance abuse. Discover the efforts being made to create a recovery ecosystem, and the importance of combining the efforts of multiple organizations. 

Aug 19

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In June of 2021, the US Department of Labor announced the award of 89 million dollars in grants in 31 states and Puerto Rico to help youth ages 16 to 24, who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. YouthBuild grants support a pre-apprenticeship model to help these youth learn valuable occupational skills.  In this episode, you'll hear from 2 organizations in Virginia that received YouthBuild grant funding, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and the New River/Mount Rogers      Workforce Development Area Consortium Board. Discover how the YouthBuild grant funds will be implements and each organization's vision for the project.   

Jul 12

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In this episode, you'll hear from 2 regional economic development leaders about how they work with the Virginia Economic Development and the efforts that are underway to support and grow targeted industries. Discover the importance of placemaking and infrastructure improvements in attracting and retaining businesses and talent to the region. 

May 11

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In this episode, you'll learn about Strengthening Our System, Inc. (SOS) and the services that they provide for individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health concerns. Discover the history of the organization, the job opportunities that are available, and the necessary requirements to get started in this field. 

Apr 23

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In this episode, you'll discover the story of Blue Ridge Designs, a Carroll County-based screen-printed apparel manufacturer. Discover the job opportunities available with Blue Ridge Designs, and the application and hiring process. 

Apr 23

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In this episode, you'll hear from a guest panel about the Virginia Road to Success Program (RSVP) which focuses on helping individuals increase self-sufficiency through stable continuous employment. Discover the key partnerships that help the RSVP program to assist participants in obtaining employment that leads to self-sufficiency along an identified career pathway.       

Apr 8

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Stephen Moret, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, joins the program to discuss the work that his organization is doing to advance economic growth and economic development across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also discusses the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Virginia's economy and the efforts that are underway to help the state fully recover. 

Apr 2

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In this episode, you'll learn about the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. The initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. Discover how the POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.

Mar 5

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In this episode, you'll hear about youth programming available in the region. Discover eligibility requirements, services offered, and how to connect youth to educational and training opportunities to achieve their overall employment goals. 

Jan 13

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This community awareness podcast provides an update on available job seeker services and programs. Discover how to connect with employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to identify training opportunities and wraparound services, and more.  

Dec 2020

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Rick Sizemore, Media Specialist at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and former Director of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, joins the program to discuss the mission and impact of the VR Workforce Studio Podcast. Rick reveals what it's like to host and produce the podcast, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had both on the delivery of services to persons with disabilities, as well as messaging. 

Nov 2020

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Jenny Bolte, Deputy Director of the New River Mt. Rogers Workforce Development Board, returns to the program to provide an update about the Pathways to the American Dream grant, as well as 2 new projects that are funded through the Virginia community college system. Discover how to get training for an in-demand healthcare career, and eligibility requirements.

Oct 2020

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In this episode, you'll hear updates about Virginia's unemployment insurance system, and changes that have occurred since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll hear about changes both from a regional and state perspective. 

Oct 2020

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In this episode, you'll learn about the Ticket to Work Program, a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security that can help people age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and who are interested in returning to work or working for the first time. You'll also hear from a Ticket to Work participant about the impact that this program had on her life. 

Aug 2020

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In this episode, you'll learn about the Virginia Ready Initiative, a newly established nonprofit organization formed in response to the economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover how VA Ready and its partners provide incentives for motivated, out-of-work Virginians to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors.

Jul 2020

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In part 2 of this 2-part community awareness podcast, you'll hear about how the New River Mt. Roger Workforce Development Board has innovated and continued to serve business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jul 2020

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In part 1 of this 2-part community awareness podcast, you'll hear about how the New River Mt. Roger Workforce Development Board has innovated and continued to serve business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jul 2020

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In this episode, you'll learn about the online resource guidebook created by the New River Valley Task Force Recovery Team. Discover how to access the guidebook, why it was created and what businesses need to consider as they reopen. 

Jun 2020

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In this community awareness podcast, designed to provide crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll hear about an upcoming virtual job fair. Discover some of the employers who are participating and the range of jobs that are available. 

May 2020

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In this community awareness podcast, designed to bring you crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll discover how you can prepare for job opportunities while staying at home. 

Apr 2020

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As many employees transition from working in an office to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode explores tips for successfully adjusting to working from home. Discover how to create a work/life balance, what to consider when choosing a workspace, and how to maintain a sense of connection when working virtually. 

Apr 2020

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In this community awareness podcast dedicated to providing crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll learn about virtual job seeker workshops and how to access them. 

Apr 2020

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This episode features another episode with 1901 Group and their recent expansion in Virginia. Discover how 1901 Group is recruiting candidates and preparing the talent pipeline, and why the IT sector will be even more crucial then ever as more people work virtually. 

Mar 2020

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In this special community awareness podcast designed to provide crucial information during the COVID-19 pandemic, you'll learn about the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Discover eligibility requirements, loan details and how to apply. 

Mar 2020

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In this special community awareness podcast, you'll discover how to file unemployment insurance when offices are closed. You'll learn how to determine if you are eligible for unemployment insurance, what's next, and the changes that have been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mar 2020

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In this episode, you'll learn about the Wytheville Community College, and the various programs that are available to help students start a meaningful career in a high demand occupation. Discover the options available for students, including transfer and concurrent enrollment opportunities. 

Feb 2020

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This episode features an interview with Lennie Gail Mitcham, Executive Director of SVAM, The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing. You'll discover how SVAM supports and strengthens manufacturers in the region, and hear industry success stories.  

Feb 2020

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In this episode you'll hear from 2 members of the team at the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board as they discuss the business services provided in the region. Discover real-world success stories across various industries. 

Dec 2019

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In this episode, we continue to discuss the topic of credit for prior learning and prior learning assessments. The previous episode discussed the overall concept of prior learning assessment (PLA) and the benefit for job seekers and employers. In this episode, you'll hear success stories about credit for prior learning and prior learning assessment and takeaways from those examples. 

Oct 2019

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In this episode, you'll learn about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and its importance for education and the workforce system. Discover the work that is being done in the region when it comes to PLA and credit for prior learning, and the benefits for job seekers, the education system, and employers. 

Oct 2019

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In this episode, you'll learn about Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development, the work that they are doing to support economic development in Virginia, and the history of their partnership with the workforce system.

Sep 2019

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In this episode you'll hear from Brendan Walsh from the 1901 Group, as he discusses the work that his organization does delivering innovative IT solutions. He also reveals what they look for in potential applicants and retention strategies. 

Aug 2019

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In this episode, you'll learn about the Heart Project, and its mission of connecting businesses and manufacturers, impacted by the fluctuations within the coal industry, with new opportunities. Discover how the project helps businesses through leveraging existing resources, providing business outreach, and more. 

Jul 2019

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In this episode you'll learn about the New River Community College, and how they prepare students for a variety of careers. Discover how to attend the school online or in person, and some of the most popular certificate and degree programs that the college offers. 

Jun 2019

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In this episode, you'll learn about the best practices that are going on in the region, as well as how the B2B Engage CRM is being used as a tool to track and engage businesses. This special episode was recorded live at the NAWB Forum 2019. 

May 2019

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In this episode you'll learn about the Pathways to The American Dream project. The geographic area to be served by the project (roughly 25% of the state of Virginia) encompasses 25 counties, 8 cities and includes the Alleghaney Highlands, Roanoke Valley, West Piedmont, New River Valley and extends to Southwest Virginia.The goals of the project include creating a regional workforce strategy for sector partnerships in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology industries, as well as increasing opportunities for un- and underemployed adults and incumbent workers to develop their skills and earn credentials in high-demand occupations.

May 2019

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In this episode, you'll learn about the job fairs going on the region, and how you can best prepare for a job fair and increase your chances for success! 

Mar 2019

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In this episode you'll discover initiatives in the region to help workers upskill and find well paying IT jobs. You'll hear from companies who are looking for IT workers, and the impact that Amazon's new headquarters may have on tech talent in Virginia. 

Mar 2019

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In this episode, you'll hear about WIOA youth programs in the region and how they help young people prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. Discover how programs are individualized in order to achieve successful outcomes. 

Feb 2019

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In this episode you'll discover how and why the business community is choosing to tap into the labor market of persons with disabilities. You'll also learn about the various services and supports that are available to support both job seekers and employers. 

Jan 2019

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In this episode you'll discover why apprenticeships have become such a hot topic today and the power they have to help fill the skills gap in a tight labor market. You'll hear real stories about successful apprenticeship programs and the takeaway and lessons learned from those experiences. 

Dec 2018

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In this episode, you'll discover what's happening in the region to attract and retain top talent in a tight labor market. You'll hear about the connection between the education, business and workforce systems and how they all work together to create a talent pipeline and support economic development. 

Nov 2018

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Today you'll hear about the Giles County Summer Youth Work Program and the takeaways for other programs in the region.  Employment not only allows young people to cover expenses for themselves and their families- it also provides valuable opportunities for them to apply academic skills and learn occupation-specific as well as general “world of work” skills; such as teamwork, time management and problem solving. 

Sep 2018

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In this episode you'll hear from Jenny Bolte, Project Manager, Kimber Simmons, Business Services Coordinator and Liz Annis, Workforce System Navigator as they discuss an initiative that is helping to meet the workforce needs of area employers as well as helping job seekers find meaningful full-time employment. 

Aug 2018

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Franky Marchand, Vice President and General Manager of the Volvo New River Valley plant joins the program to explain the work that they do at the plant, the job opportunities that are available, and their new customer center. He also discusses the qualities that they look for in job applicants. 

Jul 2018

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Robert McAden, Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council joins the program.  Robert discusses the types of IT companies in their membership and what their employee needs are.

Jan 2018

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This episode was recording live during the CPID Advanced Manufacturing Career Exploration Academy, which helps young people  explore and consider a career in manufacturing.  Guests include: Stephanie Surrett is the Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing's Center of Excellence Kimber Simmons is the Business Services Coordinator for the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board

Nov 2017

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This episode features an interview with Travis Staton,President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Southwest Virginia, as he discusses the efforts that his organization is making towards building a career pipeline in Southwest Virginia and their upcoming Careers Expo for Youth.  To learn more, visit http://unitedwayswva.org/ and http://nrmrwib.org/ 

Sep 2017

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