Workforce and Continuing Education/Workforce Training

Personal Enrichment

In support of the College’s values encouraging lifelong learning and providing resources for the intellectual growth and enrichment of the community, BRCC offers an array of personal enrichment courses, leisure activities, and cultural events, as well as an extensive youth program. From music and motorcycling to gardening and art, BRCC personal enrichment courses instruct, entertain, and enhance quality of life.

Fine Arts Center

The Fine Arts Center features two art galleries and an intimate black box theatre. The goal of the Fine Arts Center is to provide a rewarding experience for visitors of all ages interested in art, music, dance, and drama. Six art exhibits are featured throughout the year, each launched with an opening reception providing an opportunity to meet the artist(s). Fall and spring event lineups include professional theatre groups, musicians, dance troupes, historical presentations, and student productions. Visit www.brcc.edu/fac for details on current exhibits and performances. Tickets available online: www.brcc.edu/fac/performances or by calling 540-453-2216. Students are admitted free to most performances. 

Youth Programs

The “Learning Can Be Fun” (LCBF) summer youth program offers a “hands-on” approach to a variety of fascinating topics for students preparing to enter grades K-12. Children are grouped appropriately by grade level; class size is kept to a minimum to allow for flexibility and individual instruction. Classes begin in June and typically consist of 15 hours of instruction within a one-week period. Topics range from art, theatre, and music to computer, science, and outdoor sports.

During the school year, BRCC offers Saturday youth art, music and theatre workshops. Hands-on learning, culminating in an art exhibit or live performance, offers students a chance to explore and share their creativity.

Workforce Training

Workforce and Continuing Education provides a dynamic program of workforce development services, supporting community and economic development initiatives to promote an excellent quality of life and prosperous business climate for the region. Programs and services include customized training to meet the workforce development needs of employers, and a wide range of professional development opportunities, including some that lead to licensure and/or certification. While non-credit instruction is its primary focus, Workforce and Continuing Education also coordinates specialized credit initiatives, and handles event planning and facility rentals for the Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center on the Weyers Cave campus. In addition, we have a warehouse facility in Mt. Crawford that is used exclusively for non-credit classes, such as welding and machining.

Workforce Training for Individuals

Workforce and Continuing Education offers a number of courses to prepare individuals to enter new career fields or enhance their current job performance, with topics ranging from management, supervision, and human resources to teamwork, communication, customer service and manufacturing technology. Industry-specific training opportunities include welding, machining, electronics soldering, Basic Contractor Business Licensing, license renewal courses for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and gas fitter tradesmen. Additionally, Workforce and Continuing Education hosts online courses and career certificate opportunities from nationally recognized vendors. 

The College offers other open enrollment workforce programs, among them:

Career Switchers—Virginia’s Community Colleges offer a fast track alternative licensure program-EducateVA-a statewide initiative to address critical shortages in the teaching profession throughout the state, allowing you to bring your dream of teaching to reality. Visit http://educateva.com/ or contact Dr. K.M. Ogden at 804-523-5671 or kogden@ccwa.vccs.edu.

Commercial Driving School—BRCC’s Commercial Driving School provides instruction to equip beginning or experienced drivers with the skills they need to earn a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  A full-time, five-week tractor-trailer driving (Class A) program is offered. Customized training for companies is also available. All programs feature classroom, practice range, and extensive hands-on, over-the-road training. Students apply what they have learned and gain real industry experience by hauling loads throughout Virginia under the supervision and guidance of professional trainers.

Computer Training Center—BRCC’s Computer Training Center provides high-quality, hands-on computer training to individuals and businesses throughout the central Shenandoah Valley. Training is offered in state-of-the-art computer labs on the Weyers Cave campus. Customized computer training courses can also be offered on-site at area businesses. 

Healthcare Training—BRCC offers an expanding number of short-term training opportunities in growing healthcare fields, many of which can lead to certifications. Among current offerings are Nursing Aide, Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Personal Fitness Training, Medical Office Courses, Medical Coding, and Phlebotomy training.

Welding and Machining—BRCC offers welding and machining courses from introductory to advanced; welding classes prepare students for American Welding Society(AWS) certifications and machining courses for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications. The BRCC Welding Facility is located at 4901 Crowe Drive, Mt. Crawford, VA.

Workforce Services for Employers

In addition to meeting the needs of individuals, BRCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education team provides top quality educational and training services to address the existing and emerging workforce development needs of area employers.

Needs Assessment: Using comprehensive needs assessments, we help area employers identify their immediate and long-range training goals.

Customized Training: Workforce and Continuing Education specializes in providing customized training tailored to meet the specific needs of employers. Training programs feature flexible scheduling and convenient locations.  Employers may choose to have customized training programs offered at their own facility or the College’s Plecker Workforce Center on the Weyers Cave Campus. Topics include: communication skills (technical reading, writing, listening, speaking, and conflict resolution); problem-solving/decision-making skills; customer service; employee relations; computer skills; supervisory and management skills (including team-building and time management); leadership skills; and other specialized topics, such as ISO9001 and safety training. Workforce and Continuing Education also offers pre-employment training and assessment services for area employers. 

Job Analysis and Skills Assessment: We use the WorkKeys® system to help employers determine “job fit” between their positions and their employees. Companies that use validated assessments typically achieve substantial benefits, including: improved employee selection and advancement procedures; reductions in overtime, training time, and turnover; increased productivity and employee morale; and fewer legal challenges to hiring processes.

For additional details on Workforce and Continuing Education programs and services, please visit www.brcc.edu/continuinged or call 540-453-2215.