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Chamber’s bi-monthly meeting set to focus on Workforce Issues in Elkins and Randolph County

ELKINS – The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite both members and community members to their bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at The Wood Tech Center. Continental breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m.; the meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. The focus for this gathering is Workforce.

Chamber members, guests, community members and those interested in joining the Chamber are all welcome to attend. This meeting is free and open to all. Come learn what’s happening at The Chamber!

This month’s focus is Workforce. The three topics being presented are Creating a Work Ready Workforce, Being a Randolph County Ambassador at Work and a new Leadership/Internship Program being offered by the Chamber and D&E College.

The Chamber’s Workforce Team will present where we are in preparing our community to be Work Ready – ready to efficiently and effectively build our workforce. The Workforce Team will hear businesses’ concerns about the area’s workforce and what we can do together to improve the disconnect between employers and potential employees.

Second, this meeting will highlight a training workshop, spearheaded by the Economic Vitality Collaborative of the Chamber and Elkins Main Street and provided by Woodlands Development Group. This training workshop focuses on creating “employee ambassadors,” particularly in regard to handling visitor’s questions about Elkins, Randolph County, its amenities, etc.

Finally, participants will learn about a new internship program, SHIP, spearheaded by the Chamber and D&E College. This exciting new initiative will be piloted in the summer of 2020 with ten interns (five from D&E and five from Randolph County who attend college out of our county) learning career, civic, and leadership skills over a nine-week program.

For more information, contact Lisa Wood, Chamber executive director, at lisa.wood@erccc.com or 304-636-2717.