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Help Available for Dislocated Workers at VHCC
Posted Date: 9/18/2012

A dedicated staff has joined Virginia Highlands Community College specifically to help dislocated workers in our region get enrolled, be successful on campus, and prepare for reentry into the workforce.

A U.S. Department of Labor grant allowed the VHCC Division of Workforce Training and Continuing Education to hire Adult Career Coach Teresa Taylor and Scott Hoagland, experiential learning and job placement coordinator. The grant program, known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program, is charged with recruiting dislocated workers and providing individualized services until they are working once again.

“This is our way of rolling out the red carpet for adult students and helping them get the education and training they need to get back to work,” Taylor said. “We work with each student in a private setting and help them along every step of the process, from the initial enrollment process to the final job interview. “

Taylor assists students by developing career and educational plans for them, assisting them in securing financial aid, helping them to utilize support services, and providing general guidance and encouragement. Hoagland is responsible for helping students acquire internships and other real-world training opportunities, and assist them in searching for jobs, developing a resume, and preparing for job interviews.

For additional information about the services and training opportunities available for adult students at VHCC, please contact Taylor at ttaylor@vhcc.edu or (276) 739-2534.