The Dan River Region Collaborative was founded in 2008 to address workforce development in the Dan River Region of Virginia. Utilizing a sector strategy approach, the DRRC promotes regional partnerships of employers, educators, workforce developers and other stakeholders to address the skills needs of regional employers. Within the industry partnerships, the DRRC’s efforts focus on capacity building, systems change and policy advocacy.
Energy & Utilities
Green Services & Energy Efficiency
Regional Energy Sustainability Network
The Regional Energy Sustainability Network was formed in 2009 to meet an employer need for energy auditors in the region. The partnership was expanded to include three subsectors: residential energy, utility providers, and alternative energy/energy storage. The unique needs of sector training were served with customized energy training with no immediate additional needs recognized. This sector has participated in DRRC’s Work Ready Community Initiative; however, the partnership is no longer being convened.
SOVA Manufacturing Partnership
The SOVA Manufacturing Partnership (3 Chambers) have conducted a regional manufacturing survey and determined that employers are struggling finding entry-level workers with foundational skills and essential/life skills and are concerned about their talent pipeline. The focus of training efforts within the partnership has been on incumbent workers. With the previous introduction of OJT programs and participation in the NCRC/CWRC program, there has been a shift to not only help incumbent workers move forward but to also give non-incumbent workers opportunities for OJT and certifications that could guarantee interviews and possible jobs with local employers.
SOVA Healthcare Collaborative
DRRC is working with the Dan River Regional Health Collaborative to establish the region’s first Community Health Worker (CHW) Pilot program. DRRC is focused on workforce outcomes while the Health Collaborative will focus on population and employer-driven outcomes. Efforts will include job creation (employment sustainability) and establishing a non-clinical pathway for CNAs. Participants at job fairs were given vouchers for NCRC testing and employers sent employees for NCRC testing as well. This allowed employers and jobseekers to gauge skill levels and determine whether further training would be helpful.
The IT Partnership began in March 2012 and continues to convene IT employers across the region. Participants at job fairs were given vouchers for NCRC Testing and employers sent employees for NCRC testing as well. This allowed employers and jobseekers to gauge skill levels and determine whether further training would be helpful. IT employers also participate in the Career Expo.