Industry-recognized credentials are earned when a person passes a competency test certifying he or she has the skills necessary to succeed in a certain profession. Think of computer network specialists, welders, medical records technicians, pharmacy technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, and manufacturing technicians.
Today, there are literally hundreds of these specialized credentials, certifications, and licensures. What they have in common is specialized training that meet the needs of specific occupations. These “middle skills” jobs require more than a high school education, but less than a college degree. According to the National Skills Coalition, over 49 percent of all Virginians’ jobs require middle skills.
Only 15% of workers between the ages of 61 to 66 are semi-retired. In a report to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that employers adopt phased retirement programs, so that they won't negatively affect the knowledge and experience of Baby Boomers. However, only 15% of workers between the ages of 61 and 66 are semi-retired, according to the GAO.
An environmental assessment of the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline finds the three-state project would have some adverse effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, as well as endangered species.
Knowledge is power, and this is true not only in politics but also in construction. As fast as advances are made in construction materials and methods, we also need to keep pace with information technology, especially given the powerful tools that contractors already have at their disposal. Geofencing is one of those tools that should be considered seriously.
A geofence is a “virtual perimeter” created for a real world area such as a construction site. Industry reports indicate that use of this technology is growing rapidly in the construction industry. It provides real-time data and information to the contractor and provides multiple benefits for a nominal investment, including increased productivity and efficiency which should translate into savings.
If you are a design professional providing services in Virginia, or a general contractor on a public works project for the Commonwealth of Virginia, you need to know of two Virginia Supreme Court decisions in 2016. You ask why? The answer is because your current practices and protocols may expose you to the same risks and liabilities that the design professional and general contractor experienced respectively on the projects the Virginia Supreme Court addressed in its two decisions. Now is the time to learn of these decisions and to review and, if appropriate, modify your practices to avoid the same risks and liabilities.
A new grant program helped almost triple the number of credentials, licenses and certifications awarded in high-demand fields at Virginia’s community colleges last year.
In the 12 months ended June 30, Virginians earned 4,268 credentials for industries in high-demand jobs. A year earlier, 1,528 Virginians had earned those same credentials.
The purpose of these scholarships are to provide financial assistance to qualified and deserving students attending institutions of higher learning.
As a supporter of workplace safety and health protections for employees and employers in the Commonwealth, we wanted to make you aware of a dramatic increase in workplace related deaths investigated by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program so far this year, and ask for your assistance in spreading the word about simple and proven methods for preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.
Thursday, October 5 – Friday, October 6, 2017
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
AGCVA Headquarters - 11950 Nuckols Road – Glen Allen, VA 23059
COST Per Person: AGCVA Member: $495 / Non Member: $795
This course will help early-career project managers gain insight into the types and sources of risk, techniques for managing risk, the basics of insurance and bonding and how quality control/quality assurance plans help mitigate performance risk.
Both the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy require that CQC personnel pass this training program as part of the certification process. AGC has worked with these groups over the past eighteen years to provide this training on a convenient, reasonably-priced basis.
A registration fee of $200/member rate and $250/non-member rate will be charged per attendee to cover the cost of the meeting facility, lunch, handout materials and refreshments.
First Session: Thursday, August 10, 2017
AGCVA has developed a comprehensive training program for the young construction leaders in the Commonwealth. The concept is to provide our young leaders with information on other areas of a firm’s operations early in their career so that they will have a better understanding of the “big picture”, as well as an expanded skill set to help them grow in effectiveness in their current positions.
The Piedmont Young Leaders are helping the local Girls Scouts with a project at the Fluvanna SPCA to pour a pad for additional dog runs. The materials are being donated from Luck Stone and Allied Concrete. The work crew pictured are from AG Dillard (Matt Gibson, Shawn Kitzmiller, Sheldon Shifflett and Operator - Joey Canosa)
Tom Paquette (AG Dillard) and Chris Diaz (Allied Concrete) have been instrumental in this project. View a video of the project – https://youtu.be/9JANrqpsfw8
In 2000, then Tidewater AGC President Stephen B. Ballard, S. B. Ballard Construction Company, Inc., created the Tidewater AGC Poker Run, an annual boating event, held in the Hampton Roads area, to benefit local charities. For a number of years, the event bounced around from one charity to another until it finally settled on the Susan G. Komen Foundation and has stuck with that charity for nine years and the majority of the work for the event in done through the Mid Atlantic Power Boat Association (MAPA)
New General Contractor Member
Artisan Construction Inc.
1132 East Market St., Bay 7
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Fax: (434) 979-3987
Contact: Audrey Storm
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Healthcare, Contractors Equipment (General)
New General Contractor Member
Consolidated Construction Services Inc.
103 8th St SE
Roanoke, VA 24013
Fax: (540) 725-3968
Contact: Steward Smith
Specialty: Fire Remediation, Biohazard Remediation, Construction & Renovation: Multi-Family, Mold Remediation, Restoration, Water Damage Restoration
New Subcontractor Member
Clear View Window Tinting LLC
1720 Allied St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Contact: Darin Martin
Specialty: Glass & Glazing Contractors
New Service/Supplier Member
Total Hardware Inc
700 Thimble Shoals Blvd #110
Newport News, VA 23606
Fax: (757) 913-5093
Contact: Andy Geith
Specialty: Doors, Doors & Frames, Frames, Hardware