As the nation and world continue to fight the coronavirus, unemployment remains a critical concern. To address this problem head-on and help residents get back to work, the City of Newport News has launched the CARES Workforce Assistance Program (C-WAP). This innovative new program offers residents workforce development training in industries that are in critical need of employees and that pay minimum wages of $13.50 per hour. The city’s goal is to help over 215 residents obtain industry credentials and employment by the end of the year.
The C-WAP program is facilitated by the Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium and offers residents training in healthcare, information technology, maritime, construction/trades and truck driving. Courses will be led by certified instructors from the following organizations:
- Centura College (truck driving – CDL) – 757-874-2121
- Shipper’s Choice (truck driving – CDL) – 757-896-1155
- Healthcare Training Solutions (healthcare) – 757-405-8498
Talent Tech South (information technology) – 888-909-1542
- Virginia Ship Repair/ Hampton Roads Workforce Council (maritime) – 757-233-7034
Virginia Technical Academy (construction and trades) – 757-383-9585
The C-WAP Program is open to Newport News residents over the age of 18 who are not tied to compulsory school attendance. Residents must be unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 and/or experiencing family hardships resulting from the pandemic.
Courses begin immediately, with programs blending in-person training at provider sites and virtual sessions. There is no cost for residents to be involved in the program and participants will graduate with national credentials by December 30. Many of the programs have rolling application deadlines. Residents can contact the organizations directly for specific program information.
To provide additional job training and workforce development supports, the city will open the Denbigh Workforce Center at 14851 Warwick Boulevard on Monday, October 5. Residents can visit the center for help researching and applying for jobs, resume writing support, information on training and workforce development programs, and to use the computer lab. The Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.