Provided by Prince William County
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors today congratulated the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the largest education institution in Virginia and second largest community college in the country, on the Grand Opening of its Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) in Woodbridge, Virginia.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors initially committed $1 million to the RCWET project that ultimately helped secure necessary funding from the Virginia General Assembly to establish the $29 million facility. PWL The brand new state-of-the-art, 55,000 square foot facility promises to be Northern Virginia’s leading workforce training epicenter, delivering a highly-trained workforce with technical skills for jobs of today and the future to meet the growing technological demands of cyber security, government, healthcare, information technology and program management.
Speaking at the Grand Opening, Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, said: “It is a great day to be in business in Prince William County! This is a powerful return on investment and of significant importance for not only Prince William County and NOVA, but the Greater Washington metropolitan region.
“The opening of the Regional Workforce Training Center today is a testament to Prince William County’s commitment to be ‘pro-business’ – to work hand-in-hand with our local business community to ensure that their needs are addressed and to attract innovative companies that require employees with highly-trained, competitive skills,” added Stewart.
During the event, Supervisor Jenkins, Neabsco District, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, remarked: “It is my pleasure to congratulate Northern Virginia Community College and support the opening of one of the County’s newest learning facilities here in Woodbridge, Virginia. Education is the building block of our future and workforce development is critical to our businesses and citizens. Advancing labor skills that are in high-demand will bring our citizens further employability and economic security for themselves and their families.”
“This is an exciting day for NOVA and our partners who have made this center a reality,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, President, Northern Virginia Community College. “This state-of-the-art facility will allow workers in critical fields to strengthen their professional value in a continually-changing environment; ultimately increasing their job security and the viability of their organization. NOVA has a commitment to this community to provide the education and training to make this happen.”
Long recognized for its quality workforce, Prince William County already lays claim to a growing, highly educated, highly-skilled and diverse talent pool. Over 40 percent of the County’s population over the age of 18 holds at least an Associate’s degree. Its workforce is supported by a robust K-12 school system, tertiary, technical and vocational institutions, as well as workforce development initiatives with curricula developed in close consultation with the business community. As a result, the number of jobs resident in Prince William County has grown steadily and appreciably over time and is expected to outpace regional job growth.
“The opening of this new educational institute further strengthens Prince William County’s value proposition and is happening at an opportune time as businesses are increasingly demanding, highly-skilled, qualified labor,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development. “Today, we are sending a strong signal to the business community that Prince William County has the leading credentials and tools to meet those needs and to ensure that they not only retain, but increase their competitive advantage.”
The facility also features a professional testing center and 7,500 square foot conference center designed to host a range of events from industrial-type training, exhibits and tradeshows to formal gatherings and special events. Conveniently located a half mile from Interstate 95 at Exit 156 East, the center will serve regional businesses, local area governments and military communities.
In late 2014, NOVA announced plans to invest over $2.2 million to persuade more students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) two- and four-year degrees. NOVA’s STEM initiative builds on the success of its SySTEMic Solutions program that presently impacts 4,000 Prince William County K-12 students and is projected to reach 40,000 students by 2016 – creating the next generation STEM talent pipeline.