Employment

Ban the Box Efforts

Jan 16, 2014

Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime.  Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars.  Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.

Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.

“I mean they literally can’t get an interview.  People won’t even talk to them.”

Virginians will likely spend some time over next few weeks getting their paperwork together to complete their taxes.  And if you’re thinking about having someone else do your taxes,  new research says tax preparers and other service providers can sometimes benefit by making information about their services hard to read.

There’s no doubt that today’s US economy is primarily a service economy. That means the new ‘goods and services’ now translates as plain, ‘good service.’

But not all businesses know how to make the most of their customers’ service experience.

We’re not talking about something as egregious as an employee chatting on a cell phone during your transaction or other clearly rude behavior, but with so much riding on the service in our service economy, it’s the little things that make all the difference. 

Helping Those Over 50 Get a College Education

Jun 24, 2013

Virginia Western Community College is one of 36 new colleges taking part in a national effort to train 10 thousand baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education, and social services. 

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Governor McDonnell’s Rural Jobs Council is out with its final report with recommendations on how to create and retain jobs in the rural parts of the Commonwealth.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

Six months after Governor McDonnell established the Rural Jobs Council, its members came back with a number of suggestions, mainly in three areas - investing in the economic development infrastructure, workforce training and development-especially for young adults, and providing services to existing businesses to become better established and/or grow. 

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