Your Employee Connection

The GWCTA Workforce Development Task Force presents Your Employee Connection. 

Our Workforce Development Mission Statement: Disseminating information and make available existing Workforce Development programs, initiatives and assets to our Membership to fill their Workforce Gaps. Identify Gaps in existing Peninsula services and make easy for our Membership to access and use.

Our Workforce Development Web Initiative: We hope to simplify the process, for our Membership, to contact the specific person in any of the multiple Agencies, Organizations or Programs (located in the Greater Williamsburg & Peninsula Area), that each have Job Ready Employees

Please find a list of agencies and organizations below that can help connect employers with job seekers. If you want to make an update or see an error in any of the information below, please don’t hesitate to contact us



AARP Foundation
The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers a diverse range of skilled applicants age 55 and older. Also offers a “try before you hire” incentive program to qualified employers. Please have ready or send before you call the Job Description of desired position. 

Contact: Leontine Jameson, Project Director, Senior Community Service Employment Program | 804-355-3600 | Email

DARS (Dept. for Aging & Rehabilitating Services)
The Commonwealth’s employment services for persons with disabilities. Partners with employers across Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia to provide them with trained, qualified and dependable employees. Between 3,000 – 4,000 DARS clients become successfully employed each year. 

Contact: Kimbala Watlington, Job Placement | 757-865-3113 | Email
Williamsburg Contact: Margie Millner | 757-865-3117 | Email

Literacy for Life -  EmployED
EmployED provides basic skill instruction, credential preparation and support, and career development services to adult learners to eliminate barriers to living wage employment. We partner with local employers to provide an employee connection resource for the individuals receiving credentials for in demand jobs in the Greater Williamsburg Community. 

Contact: Andrew Martin, Career Coach | 757-221-1144 | Email

PAA (Peninsula Agency on Aging)
Through Experienced Employees In Transition Career Club, delivers monthly professional support and training for senior workers [40 and older] seeking to change or discover employment opportunities. 

Contact: Diane Hartley, Director | (757) 345-6277 | Email
Contact: Elizabeth Cavallari, Volunteer | (757) 585-2561 | Email 

Project SEARCH (Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital) 

The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital is a unique, one-year employment preparation for youth with disabilities that takes place entirely in the hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through multiple worksite rotations. The program culminates with ready-to-work graduates. 

Contact: Tonya Gokita, Transition Specialist | 757-603-6563 | Email 

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg
The ARC provides support services to young adults as they age out of special education and throughout their lifetime. The Arc’s Day Support Program, “Arc of Abilities,” provides continuing education, life skills and vocational training. The Arc provides staffing solutions and opportunities for area businesses seeking to provide meaningful employment to support individuals with disabilities. 

Contact: Pamela McGregor, Executive Director | 757-229-3535 | Email

TNCC Workforce Development
Thomas Nelson’s Workforce Development works with community, government, education, business and industry partners, and the academic units of the College to develop and deliver market-responsive education and training services to individuals and organizations throughout the region. 

Contact: Franz Albertini, Director, Career Service/Workforce Transitions | 757-865-5882 | Email

Virginia Career Works – Greater Peninsula Region
Committed to providing valuable workforce development services, at no cost, to local employers. Opportunities for on-the-job training placements, may be reimbursed 50% of the new employees’ wages. Virginia Career Works the Greater Peninsula’s One-Stop Career Centers/American Job Centers, and partner agencies, provide employment and job training assistance for area job seekers.

Contact: Lourdes Malave, Business Services Coordinator | 757-766-4919 | Email 
Contact: Diana Cordero, Business Services Career Planner | 757-766-4916 | Email 
Contact: Lisa R. Taylor, Business Services & Community Relations Coordinator | 757-766-4915 | Email

VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
The Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) website is the Official State Workforce Agency Jobsite for online employment services to assist employers in finding qualified workers (including Veterans and spouses) and to assist workers in finding suitable jobs. There are no fees charged to the employer or applicant for our services. VEC staff assist employers by screening and referring applicants to job openings. Virginia’s “Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Program” is managed by the VEC and provides employment services to eligible veterans, spouses and transitioning service members. 

Contact: Shawntez Edmondson, Lead Local Veterans Employment Representative | 757-968-2092 | Email > for Veterans Employment Assistance 
Contact: David B. DeBose Jr., Lead Local Veterans Employment Representative | 757-968-2163 | Emailfor Veterans Employment Assistance 
Contact: Carolyn Powell-Nichols, Workforce Service Rep | 757-865-5839 | Emailfor job order assistance 

VIEW – Virginia Initiative for Education & Work
The Commonwealth’s employment services program for TANF recipients. VIEW offers case management services, that assist with job readiness, education and training and supportive services to obtain and maintain employment.

James City County Department of Social Services Contact: Kimberly Owens, Family Services Supervisor | 757-259-3126 | Email
Williamsburg Human Services Contact: Ermadine Bullard, Coordinator | 757-220-6161 | Email
York-Poquoson Department of Social Services Contact: Marcy Enoch | 757-890-3949 | Email