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7 tips to get your child ready for kindergarten

September 11th, 2018|

Even if your child can do numerous items a kindergarten readiness checklist, you might still encounter stress navigating the transition. Here are some tips that might help you and your child with kindergarten readiness.

Beyond pencils and crayons: what does “kindergarten readiness” really mean?

August 30th, 2018|

“Kindergarten readiness” is a phrase we all hear, but what does being ready for kindergarten actually mean? Preparing to enter kindergarten means a lot more than having a brand-new backpack, matching lunch box, pencils, and crayons.

Bridging the gap between learning and work

April 9th, 2018|

In Southwest Virginia—and in much of the country—there exists a gap between the worlds of learning and work. According to the Virginia Department of Education, less than half of high school graduates in Southwest Virginia go on to technical training, two-year or four-year higher education, or the military. Based on local employer feedback, Southwest Virginia is experiencing a workforce shortage and cannot fill open positions.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia investing in the region’s workforce of tomorrow

September 30th, 2019|

The 2019 Careers Expo for Youth took place on September 24 and 25 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. During the two-day event, 4,720 seventh-grade students across Southwest Virginia navigated through four zones filled with hands-on career activities, all led by over 60 industry professionals from the region.

High school students present internship experience at United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Leaders’ Breakfast

September 30th, 2019|

Students from the inaugural group of Ignite interns spoke during United Way of Southwest Virginia's Operation Tomorrow's Workforce Leaders' Breakfast about their experiences over their four-week Ignite 2019 Summer Internships.

Workforce development key issue for Southwest Virginia’s future economic growth

August 6th, 2019|

Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin visits Southwest Virginia to learn more about educational and workforce development opportunities that can help benefit the regional economy. Barkin and others from the Richmond Fed met with leaders from Southwest Virginia to discuss United Way of Southwest Virginia’s signature youth workforce development initiative, Ignite.

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2018 Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Op-Ed Series

Bridging the workforce gap

July 6th, 2018|

Each day, as President and CEO of the United Way of Southwest Virginia, I have the privilege to hear from our region’s employers, schools and local governments.

A model for the Commonwealth

July 31st, 2018|

In 1941, my father, Ben J. Davenport Sr., founded Davenport Energy, a small oil jobbership.

Using technology to connect employers to talent

August 24th, 2018|

In 1941, my father, Ben J. Davenport Sr., founded Davenport Energy, a small oil jobbership.

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2018 Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Spotlight Series

Now hiring qualified candidates: credential alignment through partnership

September 20th, 2018|

Sometimes, all it takes to align career-learning opportunities is a simple conversation between people who care about the community and are willing to work together – proven by a new partnership between a Bristol-based manufacturer and a local high school.

2018 Week of the Young Child Series

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2017 Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Spotlight Series

1/11: An introduction to the gap between learning and work in SWVA

April 28th, 2017|

United Way of Southwest Virginia is the leading non-profit organization in our region and serves as the backbone organization in our community.

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2017 Week of the Young Child Series

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