McAuliffe recognizes businesses for hiring veterans

SEPT. 28, 5:30 P.M. – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Thursday recognized businesses for their ongoing commitment to creating employment opportunities for Virginia’s military veterans at the 2017 Virginia Workforce Conference, hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation. More than 700 businesses, state and local government agencies and educational institutions, certified under the Virginia Values Veterans Program, have hired 26,852 veterans since the program’s inception in 2012.

“Virginia is home to one of the largest veteran populations of any state in America and boasts more veterans per capita in our labor force than in any other state in America,” McAuliffe said. “We each have the responsibility to serve these veterans just as they have served us, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do that effectively through the Virginia Values Veterans program. This is a true public-private partnership that has a proven track record in encouraging companies to hire and retain skilled veteran leaders in our civilian workforce. By continuing our focus on creating economic opportunities for veterans and their families, we will remain the best state in the nation for veterans and their families.”

At the conference, McAuliffe also presented 15 awards in 11 categories to businesses that have participated in the program. Local winners included Altria (Impact Award – community impact and advocacy for veteran issues); First Data (MVP Award – most inspiring workplace culture); Dominion Energy (Triumph Award – most transformative hiring process); and Bon Secours (Phoenix Award – most inspiring success story for going above and beyond to support a veteran hire).

Virginia was the first state to create an official program dedicated to improving the employment of veterans by training employees on the best practices to recruit, hire, train and retain veterans. In August 2014, McAuliffe challenged the V3 program to hire 10,000 veterans in four years. V3 reached the goal 900 days ahead of schedule. The Governor set a new goal of 20,000 hires by 2018, which was met 400 days ahead of schedule last November. In February, he set a new goal of 25,000 hires, which also was reached ahead of schedule.

The current goal is 30,000 veteran hires by January.

“The men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces deserve world-class services from their Commonwealth as they transition to civilian life,” said Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. “Through the V3 program and other important resources, we are building on Virginia’s standing as the best state for veterans and their families to live, work and raise a family.”

“It is fitting that the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Veterans: Closing the Workforce Gap,’” said John L. Newby II, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. “Today’s event brought together hundreds of leading employers, educators, human resource managers, veterans groups and policymakers from throughout the Commonwealth to explore opportunities and share best practices to fill workforce demands with one of our greatest resources – our highly skilled military veterans. We are honored that Governor McAuliffe has joined us here today to personally recognize many of our V3 partner companies with awards and we look forward to recognizing additional V3 certified companies in the years to come.”
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs). > Read more.

Reynolds CC dedicates student center

Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’

Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017

This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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