The U.S. Department of Labor administered a three-year, $2.5 million grant to six schools nationwide and Virginia is one of them.
The Middletown campus at Lord Fairfax Community College hired two adult career coaches and two job placement coordinators, both with goals to assist with writing impressive resumes and selecting programs that better fit future aspirations.
The career coaches can help people find a new job or plan their education, according to Jeanian Clark, vice president of Workforce Solutions. She says they can also help them identify other resources in the community if they have barriers like transportation or housing.
Clark says the program can be offered to those who are 18 and up. The program focuses on individuals who have lost a job or have potential of being laid off. Dislocated veterans or veterans' spouses are also eligible to sign up.
"Coaching also involves talking to people about how they present in the workplace and a lot of times, those are referred to as their soft skills but it's understanding directives, understanding the culture of where you work because every workplace can be very different," says Lyda Kaiser, coordinator of Public Information Grants and Sponsor Programs.
Coaches help identify training and education needs while the job placement coordinators prepare them for employment.
"The ultimate long term outcome is employment and obviously just getting started we're not going to be able to speak to meeting that measure yet but in volume and services given to individuals based on volume is any indication of success, it's going to be an overwhelming success," adds Clark.
If you or someone you know has recently lost a job, click here to learn more about the Middletown campus to see if you're eligible for their career training program.