Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Looking for a job but don’t have a college degree? This program might be for you

William & Mary is hiring facilities management positions with a virtual job fair via Zoom. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Unsplash)
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is looking for 700 people to participate in the Future of Work Grand Challenge. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Unsplash)

TIDEWATER — Those who are unemployed (or under employed) can learn a few new skills for free.

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is looking for 700 people to participate in a national competition helping job seekers and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic learn new skills and find “high-wage careers.”

The Future of Work Grand Challenge is geared for job seekers 18 years and older who do not have a college degree and are currently unemployed or underemployed. You can apply for the program online here.

“This is a no cost program that offers three training tracks — manufacturing, community healthcare, and construction/labor,” according to application. “If chosen participants will receive rapid training — 12 weeks or less — and guaranteed interviews with employers in the high-demand industry of their choice.“

Generation USA runs the manufacturing training program, Alelo, and is conducting a virtual training program for community health workers. Dignity of Work will also host a virtual training program for construction careers.

“If you are not interested in one of the Future of Work training programs or you’re not sure which one is right for you, select this option and a Virginia Career Works representative will be in touch to help you choose your path,” according to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council.

For more information, please contact Christina Brooks at


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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