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DBA Revamps Worker Retraining Tax Credit

DBA Revamps Worker Retraining Tax Credit –VMA Advocating for New Focus on Industry Credentials-   RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is pleased to offer the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA) the opportunity to unveil its new guidelines for implementation of Virginia’s Worker Retraining Tax Credit at the VMA’s West Central Virginia […]

MSI Launches New Learning Network

MSI Launches New Learning Network -Enhanced Online Learning Lab, Training & Testing Tools- RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) launched its new MSI Learning Network on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  The Network is designed to enhance the learning experience for trainers and students participating in MSI’s skills certification programs and assessments, such as […]

Editorial: Our No. 1 challenge – The Roanoke Times

Editorial: Our No. 1 Challenge – The Roanoke Times Last week, business leaders from around the region gathered for the Roanoke Regional Chamber’s annual business summit. They heard from nearly two dozen speakers. They mostly heard just one message, though: If you want to grow your local economy, the talent level of the work force […]

VDOE Education for Employment (EFE) Curriculum Revision

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) unit at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is in the process of revising the Education for Employment (EFE) curriculum.  Prior to the actual revision, which will be accomplished by another group, CTE wants to hear from those who employ their graduates.  The information you provide will guide the […]

Nearly Three Dozen Organizations Come Together to Connect Veterans with High-Demand Jobs and Careers

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Bob McDonnell   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2013   Office of the Governor Contact: Jeff Caldwell Phone: (804) 225-4260 Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov   Virginia Community College System Contact: Jeffrey Kraus Phone: (804) 592-6767 Email: jkraus@vccs.edu   Nearly Three Dozen Organizations Come Together to Connect Veterans with High-Demand Jobs and […]

Focus on the Workforce: Climbing Higher in Virginia

This article was first published in the March 2013 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine found here as a PDF. By Barry Johnson Senior Associate Dean and L.A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; CCAM Board of Directors       By Katherine DeRosear Director of Workforce Development […]

CSIIP Webinar Features Dream It. Do It. Virginia Career Information System

CSIIP WEBINAR FEATURES DREAM IT. DO IT. VIRGINIA CAREER INFORMATION SYSTEM DIDIVA connects job seekers to STEM careers The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) began a partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium in 2012, when its new statewide initiative, the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), was launched.  […]

Manufacturing Skills Institute Launches eLearning Network

-Now offering certifications via award-winning Bluedrop technology- RICHMOND, VA – Today, the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) unveiled its new eLearning Network, announcing that its Manufacturing Technician 1© (MT1) Certification will now be delivered on Bluedrop’s award-winning CoursePark(R) elearning platform.  This is the beginning of a strategic partnership between the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), MSI and […]

VA/TN Town Hall Meeting in the News

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The state of local manufacturing was the focus of a town hall meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. Industry and government leaders from both Tennessee and Virginia weighed in to help shape the future. President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association Brett Vassey said the area’s strengths are its location […]

Manufacturing Skills Institute Reaches Training Milestone

Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate Program Reaches 1,000 Trainees RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) reached an important milestone today.  The MSI Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate program enrolled its 1,000th trainee this week.   The Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate program was created by Virginia’s leading manufacturers and construction/engineering contractors as a “Gold Standard” for […]

ICYMI: Byron – Credentials offer a path to the middle class

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Credentials offer a path to the middle class By: Delegate Kathy Byron July 23, 2017 In the classic 1967 film “The Graduate,” Mr. McGuire famously gives Ben this piece of career advice: “I want to say one word to you … just one word: plastics.” That was 50 years ago. Yet, my advice to people […]

Virginia Manufacturers Association partnering with Siemens to tackle workforce development issues

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VMA’s Vassey answers “How Virginians can prepare for Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing?”

Metro Business asked Brett Vassey, president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, how job seekers in Virginia can prepare for jobs in advanced manufacturing. For more information, visit the Richmond Times Dispatch posting: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/2012/feb/13/60-seconds-with-brett-vassey-64457-vi-34646/

Virginia Governor Announces $600,000 Competitive Grant Program For CTE Equipment

Virginia Governor Announces $600,000 Competitive Grant Program For CTE Equipment. WSLS-TV Roanoke, VA (3/23) reported Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced “$600,000 in competitive grants to 16 high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment for their career and technical education (CTE) programs.” The piece quoted McAuliffe saying, “As we continue to build the new Virginia […]

Dream it. Do it. Virginia Launches New Career Information System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the Manufacturing Institute’s annual Dream It. Do It. Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) launched the most advanced Career Information System (CIS) available in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VMA has integrated the CIS into its Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) Network at www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.  A national […]

Dream It. Do It. Virginia Newsletter, March 2012

Click here for the March newsletter Highlights include the Manufacturing Technology Training partnership between the VMA and ECPI University, Industrial Energy Auditor Training results from DuPont and more!   (PDF of newsletter will open in a new browser window.)  

RELEASE: Marketing Campaign Targeting Veterans to Reach 1 Million Virginians

      October 13, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Katherine DeRosear 804-643-7489 x22 kderosear@vamanufacturers.com     Marketing Campaign Targeting Veterans to Reach 1 Million Virginians  -VMA, Dream It Do It Virginia & NBC12 Partner to Inspire Veterans-   RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), the Dream It Do It Virginia Network and NBC12 […]

2016 MSI Annual Report is Now Available!

In 2016, we doubled access and capacity through MSI Workforce Solutions impacting industry and workforce leaders across Virginia. We inspired and engaged the MSI Academic and Workforce Network, students, job seekers, parents and anyone working on workforce solutions in Virginia. When you see the star symbol in our report, that indicates a doubling of that particular […]

DuPont Success in Industrial Energy Auditor Program

RICHMOND, VA – After successful participation in the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA)’s Industrial Energy Auditor training program, DuPont is pleased to announce the identification of several energy efficiency opportunities at the Spruance plant in Chesterfield, resulting in both an energy savings as well as a monetary savings of $75,000 (seventy-five thousand dollars) for the company. […]

Not Your Daddy’s Textile Mill

SoVaNow.com / September 20, 2012 Bret Berneche of Cardinal Homes in Wylliesburg, from left, Jimmy Farlow of SIPS of America in Blairs and Crawford Murphy of MDS10 Architect in Asheville, N.C., discuss the future of manufacturing with moderator Katherine DeRosear, with the Virginia Manufacturers Association. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center held a day-long conference […]

MSI Presents Nationally-Recognized Certification Program

MSI Presents Nationally-Recognized Certification Program  -MSI Presents Model at National NAWB Conference- Click here to read the full press release.

Virginia Department of Education Adds Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification to Approved Credentials List

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Board of Education has approved the Manufacturing Skills Institute’s (MSI) Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) Certification for inclusion on the Board of Education Approved Industry Certifications, Occupational Competency Assessments, and Licensure List.  Effective July 1, 2013, Virginia’s new High School Standard Diploma requires students to obtain an industry-recognized occupational credential […]

The Talent War – Engaging Top Talent in a Multi-Generational Workforce

The Talent War – Engaging Top Talent in a Multi-Generational Workforce The Manufacturing and Distribution sectors are making a big comeback in the U.S. We’ve seen continued expansion on U.S. soil, and hiring managers in these sectors are poised to add staff, but we aren’t seeing a multitude of people ready to take on these […]

Skilled workforce is biggest challenge for Tri-Cities manufacturing

Skilled workforce is biggest challenge for Tri-Cities manufacturing BRISTOL, Tenn. – The state of local manufacturing was the focus of a town hall meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. Industry and government leaders from both Tennessee and Virginia weighed in to help shape the future. President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association Brett […]

Universities Look to Grow Partnership with NCI

Universities Look to Grow Partnership with NCI MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN, April 5, 2017 –Longwood University wants to add new bachelor’s degree programs at the New College Institute (NCI) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) wants to become involved in engineering and technology programs there. The universities expressed their desires to NCI’s board this week as part of […]

Dan River Region Collaborative to partner with VMA and Dream It. Do It. Virginia

Advanced manufacturing is a viable and well-paying job option for young people in the region, according to one workforce partnership. The Dan River Region Collaborative is working to implement a regional initiative to show young people that products are still being made in Southern Virginia and to educate them about the skills needed to enter […]

As the laid-off struggle, high-tech US plants offer jobs

As the laid-ff struggle, high-tech US plants offer jobs ABC New.com | August 15, 2017 | By DAN SEWELL AND CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITERS Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company’s plant in suburban […]

Dream It. Do It. Virginia Newsletter, September 2012

Click here for the September workforce development newsletter. (PDF of newsletter will open in a new browser window.) Highlights include the 2012 Manufacturing Technology Summer Camps,  ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Pilot in Southern Virginia and DIDIVA marketing display at the Science Museum of Virginia!

Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills Announces New Chair

Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills Announces New Chair –Nance Focused on Rebranding Industry and Worker Skills Development-   RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills (VCATS), a council of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Simon Nance of STIHL Inc. in Virginia Beach. […]

Dream It. Do It. Virginia featured in VDBA’s Small Business Resource Guide

Don’t miss the “So What Do You Do? I Make Life Taste Better” ad on p.35, featuring National Fruit Product Company in Winchester Virginia! To access the Small Business Resource Guide produced by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, click here. For more on Dream It. Do It. Virginia, the VMA’s advanced technology careers exploration and employment online […]

Job Opportunities Focus of Workforce Forward Forum

More than 150 educators, economical developers, business and industry leaders and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center staffers were eager to hear successful players in the manufacturing arena share their stories and perspectives during Thursday’s Workforce Forward Forum held at The Prizery.  Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the forum’s theme was “Virginia Manufacturing: […]

Skyline College Becomes Newest VMA Certified Assessment Center

Roanoke, VA – The 5th Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) Certified Assessment Center is opening today at ECPI University’s Skyline College location in Roanoke. ECPI and VMA are establishing VMA Certified Assessment Centers at all ECPI University locations across the Commonwealth to increase accessibility to advanced technology industry credentials produced by the association’s new workforce development […]

Valley Career and Technical Center hosted a five-day Summer Academy

Giving them an edge By CLARICE ELLINGER For The News Virginian | Jul 13, 2017 FISHERSVILLE— The Virginia Manufacturers Association projects that of the 66,000 job openings in manufacturing available over the next decade, some 40,000 will require skilled workers with more than a high school diploma. With the number of job openings becoming available in […]

Military2Manufacturing Partners with IVET

Military2Manufacturing Partners with IVET –Focused on Transitioning Veterans into Advanced Technology Careers-   RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) are pleased to announce a new partnership for its Military2Manufacturing (M2M) program with the Institute for Veterans Education and Training (IVET).  M2M is a just-in- time career transition pathway […]

Partnerships Hail High Schoolers’ Engineering Challenge and New Workforce Certifications

Partnerships hail high schoolers’ engineering challenge and new workforce certifications MARTINSVILLE, VA – Starting on June 26, high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be tinkering with advanced manufacturing equipment and hob knobbing with industry leaders in the engineering, technology, and manufacturing sectors. Using these resources, students will go head-to-head in a product design competition. […]

Virginia Local Users Council Newsletter, April 2012

Click here for the April newsletter Learn all about the new Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate! (PDF of newsletter will open in a new browser window.)

Military2Manufacturing Receives Rapid Response Assistance Grant

Program Connects Military Veterans and Spouses to Manufacturing Careers in Virginia Richmond, VA – Today, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) was awarded a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment grant to launch its Military2Manufacturing (M2M) program.  VIF, in partnership with the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), ECPI University, Blue Ridge Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Southern Virginia Higher Education […]

VMA Partner in Tobacco Commission Grant for Workforce Training

-Grant will fund Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp at SVHEC- RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is proud to be a partner in the recent award to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) by the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TIC) in the amount of $163,750 to fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp © (AMB). […]

DRRC Partners with Dream It. Do It. Virginia

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is pleased to announce its newest Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) partner, the Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) led by Dr. Julie Brown.  Dream It. Do It. Virginia – Southern Virginia is a regionally-focused effort that is a part of the statewide Dream It. Do It. […]

New College Institute Board Approves Plans For Future Direction

NCI Board Approves Plans For Future Direction Martinsville, Va. – Progress and new programming were the themes of the New College Institute (NCI) Board of Directors meeting on Monday. During the meeting, NCI Chair Senator Bill Stanley presented a proposal for the future direction of the institution, which was unanimously approved by the Board.  NCI […]

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Named VMA Workforce Partner of the Year

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Named VMA Workforce Partner of the Year – Center Works with Industry to Ensure Pipeline of Skilled Workers – Williamsburg, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) announced the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) as the recipient of the 2016 VMA Workforce Partner of the Year Award for its […]

Governor’s STEM Academy to be Established at Chantilly Academy

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 – The Virginia Board of Education has approved a proposal from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to establish a Governor’s STEM Academy at Chantilly High School. The STEM Academy will offer rigorous academic and career and technical education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full implementation of new courses […]

Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

-Focused on Skills Standards for Modern Manufacturing Careers- RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) announced today that the Manufacturing Technician 1© (MT1) Certification has been added to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  The Skills Certification System was established by The Manufacturing Institute (MI), […]

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center named Dream It. Do It. Virginia Partner of the Year

RICHMOND, VA — The Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) network is pleased to recognize the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) as its 2013 Partner of the Year.  This honor is the first of its kind and was awarded during the 2nd Annual DIDIVA Symposium held in Charlottesville on October 17.  The award was accepted […]

VMA partners with Virginia Space Grant Consortium on new STEM Internship Program

Commonwealth launches STEM Internship Program VMA partners with Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is pleased to announce its partnership in a new statewide industry internship initiative, the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP).  CSIIP is a free online system to help companies find the best student candidates to fill summer […]

Dream It. Do It. Virginia wins 2nd International Award

Dream It. Do It. Virginia Wins International Hermes Creative Award -2nd International Award in 2 years- RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) are pleased to announce receipt of a 2012 Gold Hermes Creative Award for Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) in the category of integrated marketing […]