President and CEO of WHRO Bert Schmidt, seated left, and PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., sign a partnership agreement to get the SkillsOnline Program under way. On hand for the signing are PDCCC employees standing from left, Larry Brunson, Job Placement Coach; Angela Lawhorne, Coordinator of the Career Development Center and Job Placement; Nancy Ezzell, Workforce Development Center Receptionist; Randy Betz, Vice President of Workforce Development; Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Daniel Ferrell, Network Support Specialist for Workforce; and Deborah McGarrah, Workforce Development Center Receptionist.
Paul D. Camp Community College and WHRO are partnering in the launch of a new workforce development initiative – SkillsOnline. Governor Terry McAuliffe officially lauded the program in a statement made December 5, 2014 due to the need to provide Virginia’s workforce with skills that today’s businesses need.
SkillsOnline is WHRO’s new online professional development and workforce training portal, offering skills-based courses needed to succeed in a 21st century workplace.
This program is an added benefit for PDCCC students who want access at times and locations convenient for their schedules.
With nearly 3,500 self-paced and instructor led courses, SkillsOnline is an affordable, efficient way companies can train workers, provide industry certification and offer professional advancement.
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., President of PDCCC said, “We believe this partnership will help us expand and transform the provision of non-credit, workforce training to those interested in online learning. WHRO is a proven leader in the provision of effective educational solutions to many and we are very excited about this new opportunity.”
Bert Schmidt, President and CEO of WHRO said “WHRO Public Media is experienced in creating engaging online learning courses currently used by pre-K to grade 12 teachers and students across Virginia for free, funded by the Department of Education. We are owned by the 19 school divisions of southeastern Virginia and use our broadcast and production facilities to create engaging learning modules which capture and hold the attention of today’s online media savvy students.”
Other partner community colleges include Thomas Nelson, Eastern Shore, and Rappahannock Community Colleges.
Working with subject matter experts, WHRO is currently developing the first 5 of 21 work readiness modules identified by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service as those required for employers for career entry and advancement. They include:
- Applied Mathematics
- Reading for Information
- Locating Information
- Internet Use and Safety-Digital Citizenship
- Understanding Health, Wellness and Safety.
Courses in SkillsOnline are grouped by subject area with sub-categories for ease of reference. Simplified registration and an orientation plus an online discussion board make it easy to get started. Free online help is available at any time, including free skills and career assessment tools for students and veterans.
Tuition is very affordable and can be paid via credit card or purchase order. Most courses cost between $99 and $125, while some industry certification preparation courses are priced accordingly at higher rates. Transcripts are maintained online and can be accessed at any time.
SkillsOnline Courses Available:
- Accounting & Bookkeeping
- Business Process
- Clean Energy
- Computer Applications
- Environmental Sciences
- Hospitality & Food Service
- Information Technology
- Logistics and Operations
- Materials & Manufacturing
- Medical Services & Nursing
- Mining & Chemicals
- Networks and Systems
- Project Management
- Safety & OSHA Requirements
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.