End of Summer News for WWRCF

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The 4th Annual Tailgate Throwdown benefiting the WWRC Foundation

Happing August 17th, 2019 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Basic Beer City Co. Enjoy bands, food and brew and vote for your favorite dish as the Valley Hokies, Valley Hoos, JMU and VMI teams will be competing in a cooking Throwdown. We will have music from Mason Jars Blues Band and The Strain featuring Sammy Shako!

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Former WWRC students shine at ComSonics

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (SVWDB) recently recognized ComSonics for beginning a Registered Apprenticeship program. ComSonics is an employee-owned company specializing in the design, manufacture, sales, and repair of electronics and fiber optics. Two (2) of its current employees, and former WWRC students, Matt Campbell (left photo) and Laura Williams (right photo), were selected to enroll in the program. Matt is registered as an Electronics Technician and Laura is registered as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician. Both were presented the certificate to ComSonics along with a $100 Visa gift card compliments of SVWDB.

Leaving Social Security Benefits Behind for a Fortune 500 job through Vocational Rehabilitation

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Listen to or read Marvin's Whitfield's story, where he discusses the WWRC's MTT program, his job at Hershey, and more! We also welcome guest David Leon, who discusses why it's important for VR to put emphasis on financial literacy.

PREP Presented at Career Days at Local Elementary Schools

Pam Foster from PREP presented at the Career Days of two local Augusta County elementary schools this year. She spoke to second graders at Stuarts Draft Elementary last November, and recently, fifth graders at Hugh K. Cassell Elementary. The topic was work skills, specifically soft skills. The soft skills were presented with an emphasis on how important they are in the workforce. Students were also shown how they have been learning soft skills since they started school! A short interactive communication lesson and a Q&A was also included. Students asked very insightful questions such as, “Does hair style matter in the workplace?,” “Do your students ever have memory trouble and how do you help them?” and “Which soft skill do people have the most trouble with?” Impressive questions from elementary students! Finally, the students were each given a copy of the 13 soft skills, as well as a fidget made by Joyce Mello’s Employment Skills class.

A Generous Grant

The WWRC Foundation was honored to receive a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in support of the OT Dept and Drivers Training. The car pictured here with our wonderful OT Staff was purchased with these funds. A special thanks to Mary Breister and all those who helped with the purchase of the car. Keep up the great work WWRC!

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33 Years of Service

After 33 years at WWRC, serving as director since 2007, Rick Sizemore retired this past June. We want to extend our congratulations to Rick on his outstanding achievements and accomplishments at the center, and we look forward to continuing to work with him on the VR Workforce Studio Podcast. Read more about Rick and his work at WWRC in this article by The News Virginian.