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This article appeared in the August 2014 issue of Cooperative Living--a publication of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative. Click the image to download a pdf of the complete article. See related video of SVHEC Workforce in the news here

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Put your career in high gear with the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp. The Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp (AMB) is a hands-on, work readiness training program that prepares individuals for success in entry-level advanced manufacturing positions. Through a combination of lab exercises, demonstrations, and small-group instruction, participants obtain the skills needed for success in a variety of advanced manufacturing positions.

Before enrolling in the AMB, participants sit for the ACT WorkKeys assessment. This assessment measures an individual’s workplace-related skills in reading comprehension, applied math, and locating information. Individuals scoring at the bronze level are placed in the Work Ready Foundations© track; those scoring at the silver or gold levels could be placed in the Manufacturing Technician I© (MTI) track.

On December 16, 2013, Deloris Jones started in her new position as project coordinator for the recently awarded $163,750 Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp grant.Delores Jones, Workforce Project Coordinator

As project coordinator, Deloris will be responsible for grant implementation, documentation, tracking, reporting, and management to ensure goal attainment. She will oversee all aspects of the grant as well as day-to-day coordination of related activities.

According to Nettie Simon-Owens, Director of workforce services, "Deloris is quite knowledgeable of the training components involved in the new grant award, the Work Ready Foundations and the Manufacturing Technician I programs. She is also familiar with the potential partners who can help us extend these programs further into the Southern Virginia region." Simon-Owens said, "Deloris' experience and knowledge of the SVHEC, workforce services, and our grants are a good match for what is needed to move the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp initiative forward and to getting the projected results."

Deloris worked as administrative support specialist for Workforce Services@SVHEC since July 2012. She worked on the Workforce Readiness Initiative: Retention of Manufacturing in Southern Virginia under the leadership of Sandra Conner.

Deloris will continue to provide a variety of administrative and programmatic duties in support of workforce services and educational programs. Deloris' work area is located in the administrative suite of the SVHEC's Innovation Center. She can be reached at 434-572-5593 or via email: delorisjones@svhec.org.


The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TIC) has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) two grants to strengthen southern Virginia’s workforce. A grant in the amount of $163,750 will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp initiative, and a second grant in the amount of $20,886 will fund the initial cohort of participants in the SVHEC’s new welding lab.

We are most grateful to the Tobacco Commission for approving these grants. These resources allow us to continue responding to the immediate workforce needs being articulated by regional employers while laying foundational career pathways to prepare our advanced manufacturing workforce,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

The Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp will use the SVHEC-developed Work Ready Foundations (WRF)curriculum and Virginia Manufacturers Association’s (VMA) Manufacturing Technician Program to prepare participants for success in entry-level advanced manufacturing positions.

Through a combination of lab exercises, demonstrations, and small-group instruction, participants obtain the skills needed for success in almost all manufacturing entry-level positions and a foundation for more advanced skill building. Successful program completers will earn a set of stackable, nationally recognized credentials including the National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10, Lean Principles, Standard Work, and CPR & First Aid.