Workforce Development & Employment Training

Recognizing the importance of a well-trained, qualified, and available workforce to area employers, Stafford County works in partnership with a number of regional and state agencies.  The information provided below outlines organizations providing workforce development and training assistance to area employers, job-seekers, and other individuals regardless of employment status, disability, or military service.

Germanna Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education

Germanna’s Center for Workforce & Community Education is a division of Germanna Community College dedicated to the continuous improvement of the community through adult education. The Center advances the quality of life in the community by providing life-long learning opportunities intended to enhance personal, economic, and regional development.

Nursing program at GermannaIncorporating input from various community advisories and business groups, the Center offers programs and services to meet the ever-changing workforce development needs, and they are ready to respond quickly to provide high quality, accessible services.  As a learning-centered and customer-driven college, Germanna is a key resource for business, industry, and governmental agencies.

The Center for Workforce & Community Education offers programs and services at multiple sites in the Greater Fredericksburg region, including the Stafford Center in Aquia Park on US Route 1.  Each facility has state-of-the-art equipment and access to content experts in a wide range of fields.

A variety of services are available to area employers through the Workforce & Community Education Center and include:

  • Skills-Related Services and Assessment:  Through the use of formal and informal assessment methods, the Center assists businesses and agencies in identifying and evaluating their business training needs.
  • Pre-Employment Training:  The Center for Workforce & Community Education assists new or expanding companies in developing and presenting pre-employment training programs.  Assessment of abilities, vocational interests, and aptitudes of prospective employees can also be provided. 
  • Customized Training:  The professional staff at the Center will assist in the development of customized skills training for a variety of settings and organizational structures, as well as programs designed specifically to meet the needs of local employers, organizations, and agencies. 
  • Customer Service Academy:  Germanna’s Customer Service Academy was developed with input from the local advisory board and designed to meet the current needs of businesses within the region. The program’s interactive training modules include case studies, team and individual exercises.
  • Continuing Education:  The Center for Workforce & Community Education offer a variety of open enrollment training programs each semester.  Many of these professional development and personal enrichment courses provide flexible scheduling to meet the needs of working adults. The Center also offers a variety of classes and programs for skills development, applicable in a wide range of occupations.
  • Health Care:  To meet the growing demands of the community, the Center offers a variety of health care programs including: Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), Phlebotomy, Nurse Refresher, Pharmacy Tech continuing education, and TEAS Test Preparation, among others. Health care programs are also available through on-line education.
  • Computer Courses:  Germanna provides a variety of leading-edge computer software training programs on campus or at a company’s business location.  A sampling of courses offered include: Microsoft Office applications, Windows, Adobe Courseware and Graphic Arts, Project Management, Web Design and Maintenance, AutoCAD, and a variety of nationally recognized hardware and software and training programs.
  • Industry Preparation and Certification:  The Center for Workforce & Community Education offers a variety of leading industry certifications and credentials, with many classes preparing students for a variety of national and industry certification exams.  Classes include: CompTIA® A+ Certification, Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Journeyman Electrician Apprenticeship, Microsoft Office® Specialist (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Project), DCJS Security-Related Certification, and Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW).

    The Center offers a wide array of on-line certification preparation training opportunities including Medical Coding, Medical Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Wedding Planner, Financial Planner, HVAC, Video Game Art, and Video Game Design – plus many more.

    For comprehensive information on all programs and courses offered through the Center for Workforce & Community Education, visit Germanna’s website at www.germanna.edu/workforce.
  • Consulting Services:  Consulting services are also available from the Center to business clients, including advisory and product services to improve the effectiveness of corporate strategy, process, or operations. Consulting services may include needs assessments, reviewing functions, process planning, and the preparation of a variety of deliverables.

Read the Germanna Letter to Business Partners to learn about Germanna's new Experiential Learning program which offers college students the chance to get professional learning experience prior to graduation.

University of Mary Washington

Computer lab at UMWThe University of Mary Washington is a coeducational, public institution that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees to more than 5,000 students. In addition to its primary location in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, UMW has two other campuses, including one in Stafford, which caters to working professionals.  In addition to traditional degree-oriented studies, the University offers a variety of specialized programs and courses of particular relevance to professionals, such as PMP certification. 

University of Mary Washington has also been actively involved in Stafford County’s research and technology park initiative, being the first academic partner to offer workforce development courses in a non-traditional and easily accessible office location -- Quantico Corporate Center.  UMW also recently established a Center for Economic Development, which connects faculty and students with regional initiatives and businesses seeking their assistance.  For more information on how the University can assist your business visit the UMW Center for Economic Development.

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) - Fredericksburg Workforce Center

The VEC provides employer and job seeker services, unemployment benefits and labor market information.  The local Fredericksburg Workforce Center employees provide job search assistance to individuals, and recruiting and referral services to employers.  Job screening, job search skill building, and workforce training activities are just a few examples of available services.  Information specific to US Military Veterans, business owners and employers, those looking for a new job or the unemployed, or individuals seeking labor market information is also offered through the agency.

Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

The Department of Rehabilitative Services provides services to help Virginians with disabilities become more independent and self-sufficient.  The agency works in partnership with people with disabilities, their families, and public and private service providers to ensure high quality, timely and efficient service delivery.  DRS can also provide assistance with employment, community living, assistive technology, Disability Determination Service and Virginia’s network of Employment Services Organizations.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) provides a one-stop-service for technical assistance related to business formation, access to capital, and workforce development.  VDBA works with existing businesses as they grow their workforce, and mentors entrepreneurs from ideas to launching their first business venture. To accomplish the objectives set forth in Governor McDonnell's Economic Development and Jobs Creation agenda, VDBA has facilitated $1.3 billion in financing for Virginia businesses, provided technical assistance to over 16,250 businesses and will host over 60 Entrepreneurial Workshops statewide this year.  VDBA also administers the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and coordinates workforce development and training programs with Virginia colleges and universities.

NonProfit Learning Point (NLP)

The NLP provides high quality, affordable professional and leadership development for the nonprofit community.  Part of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division of Community Engagement, the group’s offices are located in Richmond, VA.

NLP is the only program of its kind – providing graduate level, credit-bearing learning opportunities, designed to respond to the specific needs of the nonprofit community.  Over 70 classes are offered each year in all aspects of nonprofit management and leadership, conferences on special topics affecting the nonprofit sector, leadership development programming, and individual leadership coaching.