Workforce Development Month

September 2020

September is Workforce Development Month and is celebrated annually by connecting people with employment opportunities in their communities. In recognition, the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center is offering several special virtual events during September 2020 that speak to a variety of community interests and needs. It is recommended that you have both camera and microphone capabilities on your device to enhance your event experience. Check out the events below and register online today. 

How to Navigate the First Day of Employment
Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by: Michael Bozeth, SHRM-CP, Loudoun Workforce Resource Center

Note: This webinar is not an offer of employment. This webinar is for educational purposes only. 

Join this webinar to learn what you might expect with your first day on the job. Topics to be covered include: the typical documents and items to bring for your new employee orientation, how to dress when you arrive to work and advice from a Human Resources perspective on best practices to build a great employment relationship with your new manager and company. Register at

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Tackling Employment Challenges with Criminal Backgrounds
Thursday, September 10, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Presented by: Vincent Smith, Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Attend this webinar for important legal information on the following: prior criminal charges and expungement, ways to answer questions about a criminal background on job applications, and driver’s license issues. Plus, updates on new laws in Virginia as of July 1, 2020, in regards to previous possession charges. Register at

Cracking the Federal Code
Friday, September 11, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by: Wendy Thompson, Federal Job Results

Do you have what it takes to become a civil servant in the federal government? If you think you have the stuff - then we will help you get there - and further! Topics include: understanding the federal application process, qualifying for federal jobs, reviewing vacancy announcements, and guidelines for federal resume format and content. Register here.  

The Accessibility Advantage: Job Seeking When You Have Differing Abilities
Tuesday, September 15, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Presented by: Sheila Jones, Eliza Chappell, & Claudia Barrios from The SkillSource Group

Join this webinar to learn about job accommodations, American Job Centers, and employment programs and initiatives for candidates with disabilities. Register at

Registered Apprenticeship 101
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presented by: Crystal Thrower, MBA MPA, Registered Apprenticeship Consultant, & Shannon Crooks from Virginia Department of Labor & Industry

Job Seekers: Learn all there is to know about Virginia's Registered Apprenticeship Program, its benefits and how to find employers/sponsors near you. Employers: Why Registered Apprenticeship? Are fighting for the same qualified skilled labor pool? Then why not grow your own? Learn the key elements, benefits and resources available through the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program. Register at

Still New on the Job?
Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by: Michael Bozeth, SHRM-CP, Loudoun Workforce Resource Center

So, you made it through your first day, the first week, and now you’re learning all about your job and the company in your initial or probationary period. This webinar covers how to organize all of the important first year mile stones on the job while still understanding and maintaining a work-life balance. Register at

Ticket to Work Program Orientation
Thursday, September 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Lauren Parker, Claudia Barrios, & Sheila Jones from The SkillSource Group 

Do you receive Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Are you thinking about returning to work? Maybe you are already working and wondering how Ticket to Work can support you. Join the Ticket to Work team to learn more about the benefits of work and how you can make your Ticket work for you! Topics covered include program eligibility and expectations, services and supports, and common myths about work and benefits. Register at

Commuting with Confidence
Friday, September 18, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by: Judy Galen, Loudoun County Commuter Services

This webinar offers insights on planning a commute in and out of Loudoun County, riding public transportation during the ongoing pandemic, and maintaining productivity when working remotely. Register at

Increasing Access to Employment & Community Support for our Military and Veteran Families
Monday, September 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by: Christy Kenady, ServingTogether; and Karen Santiano Francis, Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Join this webinar for an overview on employment, education and training opportunities for military and veteran families. Plus, an introduction to Onward to Opportunity, a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. Register at

Work Happy
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by: Jessica Zappia, MEd, NCC, Catholic Charities of Arlington  

Learn tips on how to assess and address your “working wellness.” Sometimes we sense that we are unhappy, but we don’t know why or what to do about it. Together, we’ll explore common symptoms of unhappy work and job seeking, and some best practices for creating a healthier working you. Register at

The Priorities of Post COVID-19 Financial Recovery
Thursday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.

Presented by: Julie Steele, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity; and Alex Figueroa, Bank of America

Join this webinar to learn more about the Tools for Life Virtual Webinar Series, including tips to get back on stable financial footing after the COVID-19 season. Fast track your recovery by prioritizing your financial goals, developing a smart spending plan and implementing tools to support discipline over your finances on the road to recovery. Register here

Coffee with a Career Counselor
Wednesday, September 30, 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Stephanie Wolo, Loudoun Workforce Resource Center

Keep up your job search during the coronavirus pandemic! Join this webinar for an overview of the current job market, resume tips and trends, and a Q&A session. Register here

Ongoing Workshops and Career Development

Continue your career development with the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center through our events and workshops all year long.