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Tidewater Community College, Opportunity Inc. team up to award college credit for on-the-job training

Inside Business, March 14, 2017 By: Kimberly Pierceall Up until now, only military training could translate to class credits for Tidewater Community. But a new grant will expand the program to nonacademic on-the-job training. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 9 that the community college and workforce board Opportunity Inc. were among four institutions nationwide to win… Read more »

Gov. McAuliffe announces TCC and Opp Inc. will partner to increase adult-learner pipeline

Tidewater Community College, March 10, 2017 Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 9 that Tidewater Community College and Opportunity Inc. will receive a $25,000 grant from the national Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) for a pilot project designed to link local workforce systems with community colleges to increase success for adult learners. Virginia’s TCC-Opportunity… Read more »

Opportunity Inc. on “The Decision Maker Series” Panel

Opportunity Inc. President and CEO, Shawn Avery, on the panel of WCTV’s “The Decision Maker Series,” talking about the educational aspect of growing a region and how the community is partnering to prepare youth in Hampton Roads for the workforce. The Decision Maker Series: Part 1 The Decision Maker Series: Part 2 The Decision Maker… Read more »

2016 Top 40 Under 40 honoree: Andrea Harrell

Inside Business, October 11, 2016 At work • I oversee workforce development programs for youth within the Hampton Roads community, including the Youth Career Center, the Career Access Network that has over 50 locations and more than 15 federally funded youth programs. The programs reach reach more than 10,000 individuals in the community annually. Home and… Read more »

TCC president sees herself as a servant leader

By: Nora Firestone Inside Business, September 26, 2016 Photography by: Harry Gerwien Edna Baehre-Kolovani sailed across the room like a breeze: cool, swift and quietly in command. She’s a welcome presence to faculty, students and proponents of Tidewater Community College, where this veteran leader in higher education spends the bulk of her time and heart… Read more »

Suffolk company awarded first of new grants

Suffolk News Herald, September 24, 2016 Tidewater Community College and Opportunity Inc. will partner to offer the state’s first Incumbent Worker Grant to a Suffolk general contractor seeking to improve the skills of its employees. The Hampton Roads Incumbent Worker Innovation Program aligns employees with skillsets desired by their employers in order to increase productivity… Read more »

Libraries host human-sized Life game

By: Sterling Giles Suffolk News Herald, September 23, 2016 From left, Ayla Piro, Molly Spruiell and Anatasia Grund play a human-sized version of the popular board game, Life, at the North Suffolk library on Thursday evening. Teens at the North Suffolk Library laughed and learned about life as they traversed a human-sized version of the… Read more »

TCC, Opportunity Inc. partner for grant program to train incumbent employees

Tidewater Community College, September 21, 2016 Tidewater Community College and Opportunity Inc. will partner to offer the state’s first Incumbent Worker Grant to a Suffolk general contractor seeking to improve the skills of its employees. The Hampton Roads Incumbent Worker Innovation Program aligns employees with skillsets desired by their employers in order to increase productivity… Read more »

Expert column | Creating career pathways because it’s “incumbent” upon us

By: Shawn Avery Inside Business, September 16, 2016 In an increasingly digital world, employers are demanding greater skills and more certifications to outpace competitors. Growing industry clusters in Hampton Roads — such as information technology, analytics and security; advanced manufacturing; life sciences and health care; maritime logistics and supply chain; and business and financial services… Read more »

Senator Tim Kaine Acknowledges Opportunity Inc. as the Regional Hub for Workforce Development

  . Senator Kaine’s speech highlights the success of Opportunity Inc. and the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board in developing workforce strategies and solutions in administering programs and services to strengthen the regional workforce, even through recession and sequestration. Senator Kaine hopes to keep this development in the national spotlight by encouraging his own reforms… Read more »

Norfolk’s new “Nighthawks” program will launch Friday for young adults in high-crime neighborhoods

By: Eric Hartley The Virginian-Pilot, July 14, 2016 Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander during remarks Friday morning, July 1, 2016, after he was sworn in at City Hall. NORFOLK The city will start a recreation and jobs program for young adults tonight in neighborhoods that have seen increased crime. “Nighthawks” will… Read more »

100 to 120 jobs still available at Isle of Wight solar facility

By: Reema Amin Daily Press, July 13, 2016 Construction has begun on what will be Isle of Wight’s first solar farm, but officials are still looking to fill half of the jobs that are needed to complete the facility by December. Between 100 and 120 jobs were still available as of Wednesday to help build… Read more »

Expert column: Hampton Roads needs to “pivot to the positive”

By: Bryan K. Stephens Inside Business, July 8, 2016 Living and working in Hampton Roads can be frustrating. We’ve all been late to something important because we were stuck in traffic on I-64. Many have faced years of uncertainty in our jobs, especially in the defense industry. And we routinely read reports of the lack… Read more »

Launch Hampton Roads sends 111 into entrepreneurial orbit

By: Pete Humes Inside Business, Monday, July 4, 2016 COURTESY STORMY HOLT Launch Hampton Roads alumni Allen and Andrea Fisher used the program to help them start LOVEnorfolk, a “vegetable-forward” catering and pop-up restaurant business. Launch Hampton Roads celebrated four years of helping local entrepreneurs start their own businesses last Tuesday. This year marked the… Read more »