workready 2018

A new Certified Production Technician credential is now available through the Work Ready Foundations program. Recruitment is underway for this 10-week, hands-on training.

Recruitment is underway for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Work Ready Foundations program. Work Ready Foundations (WRF) is a 10-week, training program to prepare participants for success in entry-level technical and advanced manufacturing positions. The program provides hands-on instruction in technical and soft skills, and creates a pathway for more advanced skill building in the future.

WRF program participants are exposed to electrical and mechanical equipment, and receive hands-on instruction in several areas including safety, manufacturing processes and production, and quality practices & measurement. New this year, participants will have an opportunity to earn the Certified Production Technician credential.

Work Ready Foundations begins September 10th. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more. Free information sessions will be held:

Tuesday, July 31st 10am-12pm
Thursday, Aug.2nd 3pm-5pm
Tuesday, Aug.7th 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, Aug.14th 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, Aug.21st 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, Aug.28th 2pm-4pm

Offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, the Certified Production Technician certification recognizes individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line--entry-level through supervisor.

“Work Ready Foundations delivers the technical and soft skills that employers say are essential to succeeding in the region’s growing technical workforce. This is an excellent first step for high school graduates who aren’t yet sure what they want to do, for those who’ve been out of the workforce, and for career changers looking to take advantage Southern Virginia’s well-paying technical jobs,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

In addition to the technical skills earned, WRF participants receive training in “soft skills” to promote long-term employment success. Participants receive assistance with resume writing, interviewing, and work ethics. “The graduates of this program generally set themselves apart from the typical applicant pool for entry level jobs in our businesses,” said JR Griffin, president of Comfort Systems, USA and representative of Halifax County Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Executive Roundtable. “They come to the employers prepared with interview skills, resumes, proper attire, and a genuine desire to excel for the benefit of both the employer and the applicant.  At my business, we have hired several people who have completed this program and they are off to a great start in their career,” Griffin continued.

To register for an information session or to learn more about Work Ready Foundations contact program coordinator Deloris Jones at 434-572-5593 or email