Workforce Development

Building a Stronger Northern Virginia Workforce

NVFS offers a variety of programs that provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to build brighter futures for themselves, for their families and for the Northern Virginia community. A parent with marketable job skills, and sometimes simply the ability to travel to a higher-paying job, has the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty within their family.

At NVFS, we help people reach their fullest potential and create opportunities for a brighter, more hopeful future by:

  1. enhancing workforce skills to obtain higher-paying jobs with benefits,
  2. providing transportation options to increase schedule flexibility.

These tools provide more control over the workforce options available to our neighbors and enhance the economic development capacity of the overall community.

A Stronger Workforce Creates a Stronger Community


Higher Skill, Higher Salary
80%
wage increase for Training Futures graduates


Careers with Advancement
75%
of Training Futures graduates find office jobs, with opportunities for advancement, within six months


Mobility
70
cars distributed to low-income families, providing access to more jobs and more school activities

Our Stories

Richard Moya - Training Futures
Career Development
Richard Moya |

Richard Moya was unemployed and studying part time at Northern Virginia Community College before he found Training Futures. Like most trainees, Richard lacked experience in office environments, customer service and belief in himself to overcome adversity.

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Simitha Kumar - Training Futures
Career Development
Simitha Kumar |

Despite having a Master’s degree from her home country, Simitha lacked the confidence and work experience to work in the U.S. Following her separation from her husband, she was desperate to find a way to provide for herself and utilize her skills in the workforce.

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Tyneca-Jeffries
Career Development
Tyneca Jefferies |

Tyneca was tired of working odd jobs for temp agencies and living paycheck to paycheck. As a young mother of two children, said Tyneca, “I knew they were watching me and that I had to set a standard for them to reach and go beyond.”

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Ony Rafamantanantsoa - Training Futures
Career Development
Ony Rafamantanantsoa |

Moving from Madagascar to the United States and leaving behind a 15-year career as a lawyer, Ony and her husband’s decision to give their daughters better opportunities in the U.S. came with a price. It took longer than anticipated to begin working in law and Ony was desperate to provide for her family.

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Meridith Davis - Training Futures
Career Development
Meridith Davis |

After becoming homeless in another state, Meredith moved to Virginia with her children with no financial assistance. After landing a job at K-Mart, Meredith still needed to supplement her income with food stamps and Medicaid. That’s when she found NVFS’ Training Futures.

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Kamina Ellington - Training Futures
Career Development
Kamina |

Kamina discovered NVFS’ Training Futures while working at Home Depot and raising her newborn daughter and longing to be more financially stable to provide for her growing family. Kamina shared: “Since Training Futures simulated an office environment, they helped me understand what it meant to be on time and manage time effectively.”

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Jari Fofana - Training Futures
Career Development
Jari Fofana |

Before Jari found Training Futures, she had little motivation in life. She was on welfare, unemployed and suffered from both substance abuse and mental health issues. It wasn’t until she was introduced to Training Futures that she even considered the idea that she was worth more.

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Ilshat - Training Futures
Career Development
Ilshat |

Before Ilshat found Training Futures, he was working two jobs to make ends meet. He was looking for an opportunity to streamline his career while gaining knowledge in business culture in the States, as well as sharpen his English language skills. When he found Training Futures, he immediately immersed himself in learning.

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Hana Tsige - Training Futures
Career Development
Hana Tsige |

Hana Tsige moved from Ethiopia to the United States in 2015 in hopes of having a better life and career, but her experience and leadership in the hospitality industry wasn’t enough to equip her with a stable career. It wasn’t until a social worker mentioned Training Futures that Hana had a glimmer of hope in utilizing her skills in the workplace again.

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Fatine - NVFS Training Futures
Career Development
Fatine |

After leaving her home country of Morocco, where she obtained her Master’s Degree, Fatine found herself working minimum wage jobs in the U.S. because she lacked a U.S. Diploma. NVFS’ Training Futures provided Fatine with job training that helped to kick off her career in the U.S.

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Life Skills
Ada |

Ada received the support and resources she needed to become “a better mom, better co-worker and a better human being” through NVFS.

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Early Childhood Development
Sezounde |

With services from Early Head Start and social interactions with their peers at daycare, both of Sezounde’s children are hitting all the right milestones — and she now has the tools with which to build them a brighter future.

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Life Skills
Anatolia |

When Anatolia became pregnant at 19, she wasn’t sure where to turn. She knew she needed help to prepare for her new role as a mom and found support through NVFS to ensure her success as a parent, and in creating a brighter future for herself and her daughter.

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Well-Being
Abby |

Bringing home a new baby, especially her first, is often the happiest moment of a mother’s life. However, this was not the case for Abby. Learn how NVFS helped her receive the parenting support she needed, as well as housing and transportation, to improve her circumstances.

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Career Development
Crystal |

Crystal needed a car to help her get to work and transport her family. But what she received from NVFS was much more than a vehicle; she was connected to NVFS’ Training Futures program and gained both the skills and confidence she needed to build a brighter future.

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