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The ‘Elevate’ Coalition of Workforce Partnerships Announces Manassas Park as Additional Partner

Elevate Building Businesses and Careers

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in partnership with City of Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia Career Works and the SkillSource Group for the Elevate workforce program is excited to announce Manassas Park as a new partner.  Elevate is a strategic partnership intent on utilizing $1,500,000 in funding from the CARES Act to upskill community members in the City of Manassas, Prince William County and now Manassas Park.

“The City of Manassas Park is proud to join the Elevate program in partnership with Prince William County, the City of Manassas, Virginia Career Works, the SkillSource Group, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in creating a completely regional approach to combat the economic effects of COVID-19.  The City is confident this program will successfully help City residents that are searching for new and effective ways to transition and advance their careers during these uncertain times”, said Chris Himes, Assistant to City Manager at the City of Manassas Park.

This partnership will bring together the efforts of SkillSource, the City of Manassas, Prince William County, Manassas Park and NOVA’s workforce training programs to provide jobseeker and employer services that are focused on the needs of individuals. Program participants will also have access to interview preparation and job placement assistance after the completion of their training at NOVA. This wraparound workforce program that will offer a grant cycle from September to December (or until funds are exhausted) will enhance the opportunities for participant success with support from start to finish. 

Programming Contacts:

Melanie Stover, Director of Corporate & Workforce Engagement, NOVA, mstover@nvcc.edu
Nicole Smith, Assistant Director, City of Manassas, nsmith@manassasva.gov
Seema Jain, Vice President of Operations, The Skillsource Group, seema.jain@vcwnorthern.com
Michele Weatherly, Director of Existing Business Engagement, PWC, mweatherly@pwcgov.org
Christopher Himes, Assistant to the City Manager, Manassas Park, c.himes@manassasparkva.gov

Media Contacts:

Patrick J. Small, Economic Development Director, City of Manassas,  psmall@manassasva.gov
Hoang Nguyen, Public Information Officer, NOVA, hdnguyen@nvcc.edu
Trevor Johnson, Marketing and Communications Director, PWC, TJohnson@pwcgov.org
Christopher Himes, Assistant to the City Manager, Manassas Park, c.himes@manassasparkva.gov

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ELEVATE is a unique workforce development solution demonstrating our commitment to helping residents and businesses in Manassas and Prince William County.   The strength of our communities is in the businesses that locate here and the people they employ. A skilled workforce ensures companies can attract the talent they need and that their employees earn the wages they deserve.

The Skillsource Group, Inc. is the non-profit fiscal agent of Virginia Career Works – Northern (VCWN), and is responsible for administering public workforce services to the over 2 million residents and tens of thousands of businesses in Northern Virginia’s Area #11, which includes the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. For more information, please call (703) 827-3782 or visit www.vcwnorthern.com. Skillsource is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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