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Program Working To Help Immigrants Find Jobs
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A program in the Valley is helping place immigrant farmers in jobs.
Whether it's farm work or another industry, the National Farm Workers Job Program gives immigrants the training at no cost.
Help for migrant, seasonal farm workers comes to area
WAYNESBORO – A federal program to help migrant and seasonal farm workers will soon take root in Waynesboro.
Representatives from Telamon Corp. were in Waynesboro on June 4 to announce the setting up of an office at the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree. Their aim is to help area migrant and seasonal farm workers find employment, education and other kinds of support under the National Farmworker Jobs Program — a program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Valley Non-profit Group Expands With New Lab
WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A non-profit group in Waynesboro that teaches computer skills is expanding its reach. The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree cut the ribbon on its new computer lab on Wednesday. It's located inside the Rosenwald Community Center on Port Republic Road in Waynesboro. Executive Director Janet Harvey said this lab will be geared more toward kids and young adults than their main office downtown, but they're still looking to get people of all ages involved, "We're hoping that, because this is a recreational center, that when people are bringing their kids here for open court for basketball, that they're coming here for art classes, they're coming here for exercises, that they too will come in and be a part of the technology extension." Harvey also said the new location will also offer classes, including math, English and Spanish.
A New Program Helps Farm Workers Gain New Job Skills
WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- The non-profit "Telamon" group is partnering with the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree to bring the National Farmworker Jobs Program back to Waynesboro. The program is paid for by the U.S. Department of Labor, and is designed to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers earn steadier employment. "We also give them job readiness training, which includes: how to present themselves in an interview, how to interview, how to ask for the job, how to dress, and how to identify where the jobs are," said Nelson Diaz, the Telamon program coordinator, "Their family can mirror that individual and follow and say 'If my dad or my uncle or my cousin did it, I can do it as well.'" The office will start offering those services on July 1 at the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree office on West Main Street.
Job hunting assistance coming to Waynesboro
Telamon Corporations Returns to Waynesboro!
The Telamon Corporation and the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree are partnering to bring back the National Farmworker Jobs program (NFJP). The National Farmers Program offers opportunities for individuals needing education, occupational skills training and other support to obtain high-paying jobs and benefits. For more information - http://www.telamon.org/default.aspx.
This is exciting news for the City of Waynesboro and Augusta County as it is an employment and training initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
On Wednesday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., at the WALT location, 421 West Main Street, representative from Telemon will be present to announce their program returning to Waynesboro.
Waynesboro News Virginian: Learning Tree Aids Community; donate and help keep it growing. Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 [Read Article Online]
Offering a helping hand
Carl Tate said: A week or so ago, I had the unique opportunity to learn abaout a wonderful nonprofit in downtown Waynesboro -- the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree (Learning Tree)
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The Staunton NewsLeader: Help for immigrants offered by service [Read Online]
Couple crafts Spanish classes
Laurent Herrera and William Douglas know what it’s like to redirect career plans — at least temporarily. The wife-and-husband team came to the United States from Colombia five years ago, leaving behind careers as lawyers. [read full article]
The Staunton NewsLeader: Resources at Staunton event to help immigrants adapt
United Way, WALT host Staunton event to help new immigrants
A celebration designed to reach out to people trying hard to adapt to a new culture is slated for Thursday evening.
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree and the United Way of Greater Augusta will host an early celebration of Navidenas Day from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will take place at the United Way of Greater Augusta, at 24 Idlewood Blvd., Suites 106-112. [more]
The News Virginian: Helping in a time of need
Helping in a Time of Need
On Thursday evening, a handful of community groups gathered together at the Fishersville United Way office to celebrate the holidays with members of some local Latino families. [more]
The News Virginian: News from around the Valley
Let’s Talk on Friday
The next edition of “Let’s Talk” will be held this coming Friday on November 15th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Waynesboro Senior Center. This month, the discussion is based around how to use a smartphone. Janet Harvey, executive director of the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree and Alan Tubbs, representative from nTelos, will discuss the changes and the use of cell phones, as well as offer cell phone tips and troubleshooting ideas.
The Staunton NewsLeader: Center brings tech training to residents
Center Brings Technology Training
The Staunton NewsLeader: Clothes Closet keeps growing
Clothing for work and interviews
Janet Harvey, executive director for Waynesboro Area Learning Tree, sorts clothing designated for N'unique Image located within Church of the Brethren in Waynesboro on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
For the last few years, the Clothes Closet has included a section called “N’Unique Image,” coordinated by the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree. That section harbors donated formal and casual work clothes for women and men who have lined up job interviews — or, for people who have already landed jobs. Janet Harvey, founder and executive director of WALT, said people can call WALT at 943-4457 to make an appointment.
The Staunton NewsLeader: Learning English
Learning English: Tutors from LEARN are helping students learn English in Augusta County.
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
The organization — along with others that work with immigrants — provides an increasingly important service in a state where the immigrant population is growing faster than the national average. According to the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., the number of immigrants in Virginia rose from 570,279 to 900,243, for an increase of 58 percent, between 2000 and 2011. At a national level, the immigrant population grew 30 percent during that period.
The News Virginian: Many turn out for Goodlatte Job Fair
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday's job fair, sponsored by 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte, attracted more than 50 vendors that included private companies, government agencies and those providing services to help people with their employment skills. Others present at Monday's job fair wanted to let job applicants know of the services they offer. Janet Harvey, the executive director of the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree, helps people improve computer skills. Harvey said her nonprofit helps people with keyboarding skills and resume development. [read more]
Waynesboro Area Learning Tree Enters Its 3rd Year of Serving the Valley
|On Saturday, September 7, 2013 the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree celebrated its 3rd Anniversary. In just three years, WALT has become a major resource in helping to reduce the skills gap of individuals in the community. We are proud of our accomplishments and thankful for each and every contribution that allows us to meet the computer technology needs of those in Waynesboro and the surrounding rural areas. Because of your continued support, we are truly changing lives through technology one keystroke at a time.|
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree has announced their new fundraising campaign through “Fundanything.com.” WALT's goal is to raise $25,000 to enhance its community technology training center and its core program “Basic and Advanced Computer Literacy”. On September 7, WALT will celebrate its 3rd Anniversary. Help this vital organization further its mission by donating to their campaign and spreading the word about this important endeavor!
The News Virginian: Training for the future
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Gregory Layne, Tina Thompson, Paula Davis and Kelly Fisher all have something in common. They all found themselves without an income for one reason or another. Most were laid off when the Great Recession hit or shortly thereafter. But what drew them together was the need for updating their knowledge and/or skillsets and that’s where the non-profit Waynesboro Area Learning Tree filled the void for them. [read more]
WALT 2nd High Tea on 05/11/2013
Who and What's New Downtown [review newsletter online] 04/03/2013
Innovation In Higher Education Award
This award honors the innovative use and/or development of technology within the region's higher educational system or other technology-training program.
Nominees for Tech Nite 2013 Innovation In Higher Education Award:
- 4-VA at James Madison University
- Dr. Hossain Heydari, James Madison University, CISE, CS
- Lord Fairfax Community College
- Alan McKay, SU’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
- Waynesboro Area Learning Tree
WALT to Host High Tea Fundraiser by Gina Farthing, The News Virginian
Holiday Shopping – Park Lane Jewelry
Tis the season! Take advantage of this holiday season by giving the gift of "GLAM" and help support the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree. When you shop using the on-line catalog, Park Lane will direct a 50% donation from the price of every purchase to the community technology training center. Click on the link to place your order and help support a worthy organization. www.jewelsbyparklane.com/field/jniolalopiccolo.
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree is partnering with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company to host an art auction to benefit both organizations. The event will be held at Patton Hall, 46700 Middlefield Drive, Sterling, VA, behind Station 18, on Saturday October 13th. Admission is $10.00. The preview begins at 7pm with the auction to follow at 8pm. There will be a silent auction, raffle, door prizes. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available. Art will be in all media and price ranges. For more information contact Anand Kumar at (571)236-0222.
Linking Literacy and Technology for Change
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree, Learn and Casa de Amistad have been awarded a United Way Community Impact Grant for the collaborative ”Linking Literacy and Technology for Change.” Using Rosetta Stone software ESOL tutors will assist participants to acquire better English language skills which will accelerate and integrate them into the American economic and social systems. Developing better English language and technology skills will also enhance opportunities for both adults and children, improving the lives of individuals and families in a multicultural community. This grant is bringing together three vital organizations to better serve the community.
1st Annual High Tea Fundraiser to Benefit the Community Technology Training Center
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree (WALT) has arranged for your pleasure a fashionable social event that you don’t want to miss. Join us on Saturday, May 12, 3:00 p.m., Fairfax Hall Grand Ballroom, a turn-of- the-century Queen Ann style facility. It is an opportunity to dress up in your finest and join friends and family for fine food and pleasant entertainment. Hats and gloves are encouraged, but not required. This event occurs on Mother’s Day weekend; so make this a special occasion for mothers, grandmothers and daughters to come together. Tickets are now on sale at the WALT office, 421 West Main Street, Waynesboro. Ticket price is $25.00, for more information call (540) 943-4457. Be a part of reviving the spirit of “High Tea” socials.
It's High Society at WALT Fundraiser, by Amy Satterthwaite, News Virginian, May 10, 2012
Tea Time, Waynesboro Area Learning Tree 1st High Tea Fundraiser. Ladies, gents and children having tea on Saturday, May 12 at Fairfax Hall Grand Ballroom. What a grand occasion. Photo by Roseanne Weber, News Virginian, May 13, 2012
Kaine Talks Talent on Tour – Downtown Waynesboro
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine platform is centered on a “talent economy,” in which education and adequate training are prioritized so that employees can attract the most talented people to better their businesses. In discussing his talent economy approach, Kaine said, “Talent is in technology, which I saw at the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree.” [more]
Collegiate Community – Waynesboro, VA
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree has launched its new Collegiate Community Facebook page and would like for you to "Like Us.”
The next meeting for this innovative group is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 329 West Main Street, downtown Waynesboro. Come be a part of building this new educational community. For more details, please call the WALT office at (540) 943-4457.
Follow us at our FaceBook page.
WALT is Recertified as a WIA Training Provider
The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree (WALT) has been recertified as a training provider for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) customers by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board (SVWIB).
This qualifies WALT to receive eligible referrals from WIA One-Stop Centers for the following training programs: Keyboarding, Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Computers II, Introduction to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is a great accomplishment as we are now on the state list of approved training providers for the State of Virginia.