A Driving Force

Last September, Opportunity Inc. was rebranded as Hampton Roads Workforce Council, a name that would serve as an indicator of the organization’s immense impact on the region’s economy. “As the organization has continued to evolve and workforce development has become more of a topic and seen more as an economic driver of the region, we really wanted the name to better reflect what we do,” remarks Shawn Avery, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Workforce Council. The workforce development organization for the Southside, Hampton Roads Workforce Council identifies the area’s workforce needs, and through its various programs and partnerships it ensures that the region’s professional talent meets those needs trough employment, career development training and education. The essence of what they do is well represented by the staggering statistics found in their 2017 2018 Annual Report: 3,950 businesses and employers served; 9,721 individual customers totaling 37,786 visits at their Virginia Career Works Hampton Roads Centers; placed 495 customers in jobs paying an average of $32,282; 1,600 veterans served; and 11,962 connections made with youth and young adults age 12-24.

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