On September 9, Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce and Community Development Office sponsored the first in an ongoing series of “Workforce Wednesdays,” which are designed to allow job seekers to interview with a number of local companies at one convenient time and place. “It’s our pleasure to be part of Team RCC,” say the participating employers. These include Chick-Fil-A, Riverside Health Systems, 7-Eleven, Inc., Americare Plus, Heartsong Care, and others.
Chick-Fil-A also offered its sandwiches for sale; the proceeds of approximately $160 went to RCC’s Counselors’ Discretionary Fund, which provides immediate help to students having emergency needs related to their education.
Upcoming Workforce Wednesdays will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Lounge at RCC’s Glenns Campus, on September 30, October 28, and November 11, with Spring 2016 dates yet to be determined. RCC-Workforce program manager and career coach Betsy Wampler, who coordinated the event, hopes soon to make the program available at the Warsaw Campus also.
“Employers need to find good employees,” says Wampler, “and students make great employees. They are already demonstrating effort and drive, and all of the qualities employers are seeking.” Workforce Wednesdays, she mentions, benefit both students and local employers. “Students have the opportunity to learn more about and interact with local employers, and employers have access to a large pool of candidates in one place. They can recruit students, network with other local employers, and increase awareness of their brand.”
The first Workforce Wednesday was a great success, says Wampler, with one student (a graduate of RCC’s nurse aide program) hired on the spot. Three others have only to follow up with a phone call to a prime local employer in order to be granted an official interview. “Actually,” says Wampler, “one of those students did make the call, and has an interview coming up. She is working with RCC career coaches now on getting her resumé and interview skills polished!”
Area employers who would like to participate in RCC’s Workforce Wednesdays should call RCC-Workforce’s Office of Career and Transition Services at 804-333-6735, or e-mail Wampler at firstname.lastname@example.org.