Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Boot Camp Program (Operated by the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy)

Serves: Chesapeake, Franklin, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wright, James City, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, York

The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Boot Camp program serves out–of-school youth, young men and women between the ages of 17 ½ and 24 years of age.  This eight week fast-track training program consists of four weeks of training and a four-week paid internship with a Maritime Company.  The successful program completer, who secures all required United States Coast Guard (USCG) documents, attends all sessions, and passes all tests, will be recognized as an ORINARY SEAMAN, (OS).  Youth will complete Basic Safety Training, Deckhand Familiarization and Deck Seamanship, Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties, Crisis Management, Crowd Management and an Introduction course to the Maritime Industry, which includes job seeking skills, resume writing and other skills specific to the industry.

Contact: Ron McMiller
Phone: (757) 200-9145
Fax: (757) 464-2287
Email: rmcmiller@mamatrains.com
Address:  5301 Robin Hood Road, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA  23513


OSY Career Connections (Operated by Virginia Beach City Public Schools)

Serves: City of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Out-of-School Youth Program serves young people residing in Virginia Beach who are disconnected from the education system and the workforce. Components of the program include personal social development, educational achievement services (GED), career and life skills instruction, financial literacy education, college courses to earn industry credentials, work experience, and on-the-job-training. Participants are encouraged to pursue certification and career paths in advanced manufacturing, IT, medical coding, and hospitality.  The goal of the program is to help students obtain a GED and industry credentials to prepare them for higher education or unsubsidized employment.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a summer certification camp where they focus on learning valuable workplace readiness skills and obtaining additional certifications.


Contact: Caroline Myatt
Phone: 757-648-6210
Fax: 757-468-4234
Email: alexandra.myatt@vbschools.com
Website: www.vbschools.com
Address: 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453


FastForward Out-of-School Youth Program (Operated by Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development)

Serves:  The cities of Suffolk and Franklin and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton

The FastForward Out-of-School Youth Program serves out-of-school youth ages 16-24 who reside in Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Southampton County, and the City of Franklin.  Participants receive career guidance and certification training in one of the following FastForward (WCG) programs:  Class A CDL Truck Driver (a 4-week program); Fast Track Healthcare (a 5-month program rendering completers with certifications in Clinical Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and EKG Tech); Fast Track Welding (a 4-week program providing students with an American Welding Society certification); NCCER Industrial Maintenance – Electrical & Instrumentation certification (also includes Core and OSHA 10 certifications); various IT certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and/or Cyber Security; and our new MSSC Certified Logistics Technician program in our Regional Warehouse & Distribution Training Facility.  After training, participants will get to experience paid internships with local employers before getting assistance with securing permanent employment.  The program also includes many free workshops, a leadership development capstone, and field trips.


Contact: Desiree Key
Phone: 757-569-6770
Fax: 757-569-6055
Email: dkey@pdc.edu
Website: www.pdc.edu
Address: 100 N College Dr. Franklin, VA 23851


The Youth Workforce Center, New Horizons Regional Education Centers

Serves: The cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Poquoson, and the counties of Gloucester, York, James City, and the Isle of Wight

The Out-of-School Youth Program exists to create a vital pathway for young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) to attain careers in industries or occupational sectors with high-demand jobs. We do this by providing young adults with an individualized, structured sequence of education, training, and work experience opportunities to equip them with the industry-recognized credentials, technical and work readiness skills and they need to secure employment and career advancement opportunities in the local labor market. Out-of-School Youth also benefit from a menu of other services, including financial literacy education, job placement assistance, leadership development, entrepreneurial skills training, academic remediation, tutoring or study skills assistance, career exploration activities, and comprehensive support services.

Contact: Nikiesha Virgil
Phone: 757-766-1100 ext.3385
Fax: 757-766-0296
Email: nikiesha.virgil@nhrec.org
Website: https://nhrec.org/ywc/
Address: 520 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666


Virginia Beach City Public Schools Foundations Transition Program (Operated by the Adult Learning Center)

Serves: Southside Hampton Roads

The Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center’s Foundations Transition Program supports out-of-school youth between the ages of 18 and 24 by providing an opportunity to enroll in healthcare training programs that lead to careers in high demand.  We prepare participants for the certified exam in their selected field.  Youth participants will receive a combination of online & classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and externship opportunities with local healthcare providers.  Additionally, workshops will be provided for resume preparation, mock interviews, career exploration, and financial literacy.  To be eligible, participants must submit to a thorough FBI background check, drug screening, certain immunizations and other requirements.

Contact: Lisa Belcher
Phone: 757-648-6066
Fax: 757-306-0999
Email: lisa.belcher@VBSchools.com
Website: www.adultlearning.vbschools.com
Address: 5100 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Virginia Technical Academy (VTA)

Serves: The cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Poquoson, and the counties of Gloucester, York, and James City

Virginia Technical Academy’s Out-of-School Youth Program will serve participants who meet WIOA’s eligibility guidelines for “Out-of-School Youth” and who are between the ages of 16 to 24, with or without a high school diploma. Our accredited school provides training in high-demand construction trades in electrical, heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, and building/property maintenance. Program participants will also receive training in job-ready skills, including resume writing and mock interviews. Participants will also gain work experience with local contractors. Upon successful completion of program, the participant will receive nationally recognized certifications, and VTA will also provide employment opportunities to the participants.

Contact: David Gillespie
Phone: 757-586-5322
Email: dgillespie@vtacademy.com
Website: https://vtacademy.com
Address: 809 Omni Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606