The Job Skills Training Program (JSTP) is a comprehensive approach to job skills training and placement for those with barriers to employment.
JSTP works with social services, community agencies, the business community and industry sectors to provide hands-on support, job internships, workforce readiness training and job follow-up.
Individuals who have not been referred by an agency may attend an assessment and meet with our case managers to determine their eligibility.
Current JSTP programs include Culinary Arts and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Enrolling in JSTP
If you are interested in JSTP, you must first attend an assessment, which is held regularly at the Norfolk Campus of Tidewater Community College.
This orientation will review eligibility requirements and funding sources and will include an Employability Adaptability Profile Index and an Adult Basic Education Literacy Test.
After testing is completed, you will have a one-on-one meeting with a case manager to determine eligibility and to enroll in classes.
Programs of study
JSTP currently offers programs in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Culinary Arts.
Culinary Arts is a re-entry program; CNA requires a clean background check.
Each program is 12 weeks, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
These programs include an unpaid internship, which if successfully completed, guarantees the student employment at the end of the program.
At the end of both programs, students will take the WorkKeys Assessment to earn their Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that signifies their readiness for the workplace.
The CRC is linked to employment opportunities locally and across the United States.
Earn multiple credentials and college credit
All successful JSTP participants will earn multiple credentials.
Culinary Arts students earn their Food Service Management Certification in addition to their CRC, and Certified Nursing Assistant students also earn their Basic Lifesaving Skills and CPR certifications.
Both programs provide continuing education credit and college credit that can be used toward an associate degree in the corresponding field of study.
To learn more about JSTP, email Anthony Fontes or call 757-822-1519.