WWRC’s Vocational Training Department provides workforce training, education and other supports that result in industry-recognized credentials and competitive employment outcomes for persons served. This is achieved in partnership with DARS and through continuous employer engagement. Vocational Training Programs are specifically designed to help clients achieve successful careers. All instruction is competency-based and each program is updated regularly with the assistance of Advisory Committees to ensure that it meets current business and industry needs. Faculty hold a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, with specialized skills in their subject matter. Vocational Training Programs are accredited by the postsecondary accreditation body of the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
Clients enrolled in Vocational Training Services may access education and workforce support services and medical services to assist them in achieving their goals. In addition, clients will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills by completing an internship near the end of most training programs. The Rehabilitation Counselor assigned to each client will provide guidance, counseling and case management to help the client access all services needed while at the WWRC and assist in the transition process back home when training is completed.
Vocational Training Graduations are held quarterly in March, June, September and December each year. Clients who have fully completed their programs of study during that quarter are eligible to participate in the graduation. Graduates are awarded a Certificate of Attainment bearing the accreditation seal of the Council on Occupational Education. Transcripts are available upon request to the WWRC Records Management Department. Special awards are bestowed upon deserving clients during each graduation ceremony.
With residential and dining services available on campus, clients can either live in the dormitories during their vocational training or commute to the campus daily, depending on their needs and circumstances. Rothrock Hall is available as a residential option for clients 18 years of age and older who require nursing and attendant care under the direction of a WWRC Physician. While enrolled in Vocational Training, clients have access to a variety of recreational services, including sports and extra curricula activities, chaplaincy services, and a selection of online and print materials at the Media/Resource Center.
Workforce Training is delivered through instructional teams targeting three high growth occupational areas across the Commonwealth of Virginia: Business/IT; Manufacturing and Production; and, Services/Trades. Each instructional team is led by a qualified Instructor who dually serves as the Operational Supervisor for that occupational area, accountable for program and student outcomes. For documentation of WWRC's basis for compliance with the federal Career Pathways Program definition for its Workforce Training Programs, click here.
In addition to these workforce training programs, WWRC's Vocational Training Department offers other courses that can be offered as "stand-alone" or delivered as part of an accredited workforce training program:
While enrolled in a Vocational Training Program, clients have an opportunity to earn the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).
Curriculum projects, generally referred to as "Projects," are simulated work-based learning activities performed by Vocational Training clients during their training program and/or assessment to assist them in their career exploration or in learning occupational skills. Projects provide realistic and meaningful employment experiences. These projects include items produced for use or consumption. All projects are student-driven and meet vocational training program objectives and the need for individualized learning and exploration.
Projects provide realistic, future employment experiences. Instructors are responsible for determining what projects are compatible with a student’s career planning and/or assessment. Projects that do not meet curriculum objectives will not be accepted.
Students complete all projects under the supervision of an instructor/evaluator who controls the quality of the instructional activity as much as possible. However, since all projects are performed as part of the instructional and/or assessment process, quality cannot be guaranteed.
All projects must be paid for prior to removal.
Curriculum projects are normally part of the following vocational training areas. Click on a training area below to learn more about their curriculum projects:
For more information, please see Vocational Training Policies and Procedures
Email: Vocational Training
Phone: 800-345-9972, Ext. 5403327232 or 540-332-7482 | TTY 800-811-7893