Advancing the Skills and Image of Manufacturing
Access to world class training for manufacturing employees will soon be available through Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing’s (SVAM) own Center of Excellence training facility.
The initial three-year project will establish a main campus (advanced mechatronics, machining and welding training) and an AWS Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator in Abingdon (Washington County), a welding and Fab Lab satellite in Duffield (Scott County), a welding and mechatronics satellite in Bluefield (Tazewell County), and an advanced precision machining satellite in Wytheville (Wythe County). In addition, there will be 7 distance learning sites scattered located across Southwest Virginia – making this a truly regional approach to advanced manufacturing training. The project will establish three curricula – welding, machining and industrial maintenance (mechatronics) – providing state-of-the-art equipment and training and third-party credentialing through AWS, NIMS and Siemens.
As part of the regional effort to establish Centers of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training in Southwest Virginia, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors through the Tazewell County Industrial Development Authority is supporting the effort by offering a Satellite Facility. This facility will initially provide space for Advanced Manufacturing training in Welding and also Industrial Machinery Mechanics (Mechatronics).
As the operator of the Area One Workforce Investment Board Appalachian One Stop, Tazewell County remains committed to area manufacturing facilities to help provide a workforce of the future. Tazewell County is fortunate to have an excellent base of manufacturing companies and is continuing to search out and recruit new companies to our county.
An additional task for the Center is to change the image of manufacturing in the Region – making careers with local manufacturers an appealing path to economic success. An extensive marketing plan will be implemented to educate parents, guidance counselors, career coaches, students, and the general public about the exciting and affordable training pathways to these careers.
The ultimate goal of the Center is to provide an available workforce – well-trained in advanced manufacturing – for existing industry in the Region and, at the same time, to make Southwest Virginia a number one destination for location of new industries.
SVAM CoE is an affiliate site of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) and planned Advanced Manufacturing Academy. CCAM is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research typically performed at universities and product development routinely performed by companies. CCAM accelerates the transition of research innovation from the laboratory to commercial use.Southwest Virginia Community College (CWES) (SBDC) (PTAC)
SVCC continues to be a valuable partner to Tazewell County and the region. Not only do they provide traditional educational avenues but the SWCC Community, Workforce & Economic Solutions - CWES also focus on the development of "21st Century Skills" to match employer's requirements, while helping individuals train for career entry, re-careering and career advancement. CWES also provides short-term training for industry-recognized certifications. Classes are available in a variety of delivery modes, such as: face-to-face, online, hybrid, fast-track, daytime, evenings, weekends, on-campus, and off-site.
Specialized/Customized Training for Business/Industry
SWCC provides world-class customized training for businesses and industries from health care, energy, manufacturing, construction, government and beyond. Growing organizations need on-demand, relevant training that can be delivered wherever their employees work. The college has access to a delivery network that offers unmatched programming, professional instructors and innovative methodologies that achieve measurable results and optimize return on investment for our clients.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was designed to assist businesses in finding skilled workers and to enhance access to other important workforce services. The Act provides opportunities for businesses to participate in training eligible youth and adults, and provide connections to those who have received training from approved education and training providers. The operator of the Area One Workforce Investment Board Area 1 is Tazewell County.
The Business Services Team (BST) was formed to present all of the available workforce partners in a cohesive manner to the business of Southwest Virginia. The BST provides assistance to employers in the recruitment, training, and retention of workers. In working closely with local partner agencies, the BST is able to offer businesses a more streamlined experience. By coordinating services, the BST eliminates both duplication of services and the need to work with individual agencies, saving businesses time and money.
Tazewell County Career and Technical Center
The Tazewell County Career & Technical Center is dedicated to preparing students for successful employment, and developing their lifelong learning abilities.
We strive to accept students where they are and nurture them to reach their full potential. Each student is recognized as an individual with unique characteristics, talents, and needs.
Emphasis is placed on academic and technical preparation for entry to post-secondary education and/or the workplace.
It is the belief of the Tazewell County Career & Technical Center (TCCTC) that Career & Technical Education can provide the foundation for a highly skilled workforce. Specifically at TCCTC, there is a wide range of trade and industrial programs offered to the students. In an effort to provide for the needs of the regional economy,the TCCTC works closely with local government and businesses to plan and prepare when considering new class offerings.
Currently TCCTC offers programs in 7 different Career Clusters: Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, Health Science, Transportation, Human Services, STEM, and Law/Public Safety/Corrections/Security.
Architecture and Construction:
Welding (AWS Certified)
Certified Nurse Aide (State Board Certified)
Transportation, Distribution, and Statistics:
Autoservice Technology (ASE/NATEF Certified)
Auto Body Repair (Currently applying for ASE/NATEF Certified)
Diesel Equipment Technology (Currently applying for ASE/NATEF Certified)
Small Engine Repair
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math):
Introduction to Engineering
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security:
There is an Advisory Board made up of government officials, school officials, and local business owners and leaders. As stated earlier, TCCTC works closely with them in determining how it can be instrumental in helping to create a skilled workforce to meet the needs of business and industry in our area. There is great support from our School Board, our Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, the Director of Economic Development, and the Industrial Development Authority—just to name a few. With that support of public and private sector entities and with a highly qualified and highly acclaimed staff, the Tazewell County Career & Technical Center produces skilled and successful students each year.