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June 27, 2014 
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Online Survey about Virginia's Workforce Needs
News from TN14 nominee GroMobi
Growing entrepreneurship at JMU
Free webinars about hiring veterans
Job posting: programmer analyst
Highlighting renewing member: DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design
Highlighting renewing member: JMU's Office of Technology Transfer
Highlighting renewing member: City of Waynesboro IT Department
What can the SVTC do for you?
SVTC encouraged to particpate in JLARC/ General Assembly Workforce Survey
Online survey assesses skills needed by Virginia Employers
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The Virginia General Assembly has directed staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to evaluate the success of the state's workforce development programs in equipping Virginia workers with the skills and credentials that employers need. To incorporate the perspective of the business community, JLARC researchers are conducting an online survey of Virginia employers.


To obtain input from as many Virginia employers as possible, JLARC invites SVTC members and newsletter readers to participate in the survey. Your input will strengthen the quality and accuracy of research presented to the Virginia General Assembly. By providing us with your company's perspective, you can help align Virginia's workforce development programs and the skills and credentials of the workforce with your company's needs.


Participating in the survey is important for several reasons: 

  • The effectiveness of workforce development programs cannot be assessed without the input of the business community.
  • Your input could improve the quality of Virginia's workforce.
  • Your input could increase the number of Virginians that possess the skills and credentials most valuable to your company. 
  • Your input could improve the quality and effectiveness of Virginia's publicly-provided recruitment and training services, which can be economical resources for businesses.

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 Some important information about this survey:

  • Please complete this survey by Friday, July 11th, 2014.
  • The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • Your responses are confidential. Survey results will be presented only in aggregate form and will not be attributed to specific individuals or companies. 
  • The survey is intended for private sector companies (both for-profit and not-for-profit) that have operations in Virginia and employ Virginians.
  • Executive leaders and human resources staff will generally be best suited to answer the survey questions. Respondents are encouraged to seek the input of colleagues when needed. However, JLARC can only accept one response per company.

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News from Tech Nite 14 nominee GroMobi

Over the past 18 months, Harrisonburg based GroMobi has released three iPad apps in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education's I'm Determined Project. These apps are all geared towards streamlining an understanding between students and their teachers of that individual's needs, goals, and daily schedule. These initial releases have been a success with over 300 users participating in their initial release.  They have been a topic of discussion at educational conferences across the state and country.

This year GroMobi and I'm Deterimined are working on an app that is geared to conflict remediation in K-12. It provides the ability to track problems in the classroom and access multiple accounts of the same story while staying private and secure.  With its release GroMobi hopes to help students with behavioral problems
across our state and others.

More about GroMobi

JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship & Society of Entrepreneurs
Growing an entrepreneurial community

"Entrepreneurship is going to put JMU on the map," says Eric Walisko of JMU's Society of Entrepreneurs (SOE), an inter-disciplinary student group which doubled its enrollment in the previous school year. The SOE hosts a monthly "Start-Up Studio" for students to share and get input on ideas from other SOE members.


"It's not just the College of Business. We've got SMAD students, social work students. For us, entrepreneurship is about innovating in your field no matter what it is, and creating opportunity," said Ben Stout, SOE alumni. "JMU is a perfect place for entrepreneurship to spread because the university attracts people who communicate well."


Carol Hamilton, director of the JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, says, "We're simply building on our existing strengths. Everyone knows that JMU is an unusually social place. And you hear all the time from recruiters that JMU graduates are naturals when it comes to teamwork."  Hamilton says "Instead of a place to go, we are hoping to promote a way of thinking....We're hoping to bring lots of alumni to campus and really raise awareness that JMU can become well known as the place to go for budding entrepreneurs."


From Madison Magazine Spring 2014 and JMU News (full article)


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NVTC Hosts Series of Free Webinars about Hiring Veterans 
Upcoming dates are 7/10, 8/12, 9/9. 10/14

The Northern Virginina Technology Council (NVTC) Veterans Employment initiative is launching a new series of FREE webinars designed to educate Human Resources professionals, recruiters, hiring managers, CEOs and COOs on best practices in veteran hiring. During these live monthly webinars, experts from NVTC member companies as well as federal and state government agencies will provide tips and tools on specific topics related to veteran hiring, concluding with a Q&A session.
  • July 10 (11:30 a.m.): Sourcing Veteran Talent, Presented by: Leidos
  • August 12 (11:30 a.m.): Interviewing Veterans - Understanding Diversity, Presented by: VetAdvisor
  • September 9 (11:30 a.m.): Understanding a Veteran Resume: A Case Study on Transferable Skills, Presented by: CACI
  • October 14 (11:30 a.m.): Retention and Maximizing the Value of Military Veterans in Your Organization, Presented by: VetAdvisor
Register using
Approximately a week before a scheduled webinar, registered attendees will receive an email with login instructions for the program. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact NVTC Manager of Veterans Employment and Strategic Initiatives Rick Ferry at or 703-268-5145.

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Job Posting: Programmer Analyst

BEAM  BROS. Trucking Inc. is seeking an experienced Programmer Analyst to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at our headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. BA degree in related field or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Engineering required. Must be detail-oriented and work well independently.


To be considered as a potential applicant you MUST complete a Non-Driver Application and attach a resume with salary requirements. Go to for application and details.   

EEO/AA Employer/ Veterans/Disabled


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Welcome Back Level 1 Member:  DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design

DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design is a full service film, video and motion design company focusing on marketing, advertising, branding, corporate communication, and original content creation. Services include concept generation and planning, scriptwriting, field production, post production, live event production, branding, motion graphic design, and consulting. Clients range include Fortune 500 companies, internationally known brands, federal, state and local governmental agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. DIGICO works with clients to assess needs and goals, and then formulate concepts to best communicate their story.

For more information use or contact Joey Groah.

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Welcome Back Level 1 Member: JMU Office of Technology Transfer

James Madison University's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) mission is to promote innovation, enhance research by connecting inventors and industry, and foster economic development through protecting and commercializing intellectual property. Along with James Madison Innovations, Inc., JMU's intellectual property management and licensing organization, the two entities connect researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industry and support services to bolster the entrepreneurial infrastructure and promote innovation in the Valley.

For more information use or contact Mary Lou Bourne.

Welcome Back Level 1 Member:  City of Waynesboro IT Department
Nestled snugly at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the community of Waynesboro is sure to earn a special place in your heart. Named in 1797 after Revolutionary War hero Mad Anthony Wayne, this picturesque city has retained the charm of the valley while embracing modern progress. The city has a growing population of 21,000 amidst a labor pool of over 250,000.  Our manufacturing heritage dates to the 1800's when companies  flocked to the area to take advantage of the water and transportation access.  Stoves, doors, furniture, bricks, barrels, dairy products, paper, and matches all carried the "Made in Waynesboro" label.  Later, DuPont, Crompton, Mohawk, and GE established a major presence in the city for the same reasons.  Today's major employers in Waynesboro include:  nTelos wireless, Lumos Networks, McClung Printing, PPI/Timezero and Solutions Place.

For more information use  or contact Gerry Choate in their IT Department.

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We'd like your suggestions for luncheon topics, speakers, and "field trips".
What Interests You?
  • Tell us about topics, speakers or locations you want to hear about or visit in this coming year.
  • What are the trends?  What makes a techie's heart skip a beat?
  • What could we schedule to bring more users and creators in?
  • Is there something you'd like to present to the group (barring shameless self promotion)?
  • Is there a member group or local organization you'd like to hear from or to visit? 
  • What about social or evening events -- would you make room on your calendar?

Link to SVTC interest / planning survey (Goggle doc)   

In case you wonder what topics we've had in the past, here is a pdf:
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