Faith- and Community- based organizations honored at SHARE Network ceremony

The Virginia SHARE Network is to be “congratulated for designing a program that focuses on the employment needs of people in the community and matching those needs with demands of business and industry,” said Brent Orrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Orrell served as keynote speaker at the SHARE Network meeting and awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3 at John Tyler Community College’s Chester campus. Approximately 50 faith-based and community-based organizations and individuals from around the commonwealth were honored for contributing to the SHARE workforce investment system. The honorees offer job-search assistance, résumé help and other services to aid Virginia’s displaced workers find employment.

In its first year, the Virginia SHARE Network has exceeded its goal of implementing 17 SHARE Network Access Points (SNAPs). According to Dr. Kathy Thompson of the Virginia Community College System, there are 32 fully recruited and trained SNAPs – and more to come!

Concluding his remarks, Mr. Orrell encouraged other organizations to join SHARE and “bring back hope to needy communities across the commonwealth.”

Posted by Lauren Von Herbulis


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