Creating a critical talent pipeline
Bedford County and its partners in the Region 2000 geographic area (Lynchburg MSA) work together to create a critical talent pipeline for our industries that depend on a highly skilled and ready workforce. Among these industries are nuclear energy for companies such as Babcock & Wilcox and AREVA, wireless communication for companies such as Harris Corporation, CommScope and dozens more firms, and a variety of advanced manufacturing companies.
Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership and its Future Focus Foundation is working to create a collaborative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education network, from elementary school up, in which this region’s industries may benefit from a “grow your own workforce” approach. This is accomplished through a multitude of activities and events such as robotics and Lego competitions, student career fairs, summer camps, and specialized high school courses, industry tours, and internships.
In Bedford County, we offer the Bedford One Program in which high school students are offered a chance to tour a local industry of their choice and talk to professionals. Students are also offered an internship course in high school where they can work a few hours a week at a local company.
To learn more about how Bedford County and Region 2000 are working together to “Grow our Own Workforce,” please contact the Office of Economic Development at 540-587-5670.