Network2Work@PVCC Releases Orange Dot Report 4.0

Charlottesville, Va. – January 21, 2021 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College Network2Work division has released the latest Orange Dot Report, providing an updated community review and look at statistics and milestones from the past year. Network2Work@PVCC focuses on connecting job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies. 

PVCC Dean of Self-Sufficiency Programs Ridge Schuyler shared, “There are too many families struggling in our community, but not too many to help.” According to Dean Schuyler:

  • Nearly one out of every five families in the region (17%) don’t earn enough to meet their basic needs. Most of these are working families, but the labor of those workers is simply not valued. 
  • The struggle is not equally shared: 35% of black families in the region make less than $35,000/year, compared to 14% of white families.
  • Due largely to the cost of housing, a single parent with a toddler in childcare needs to earn over $45,000 year.

Network2Work@PVCC addresses these challenges by identifying struggling families through a Job Seeker Network, connecting them to quality jobs through the organization’s Employer Network, and supporting them through a Provider Network. The division recently enrolled its 1,000th job seeker and has engaged over 150 local employers who have currently listed jobs with $10 million in income available for our job seekers. In addition, Network2Work@PVCC is partnered with nearly 50 local non-profits and agencies to provide support for job seekers traveling the pathway to family-sustaining jobs.

"A community thrives when its residents thrive. Residents thrive when their capacity as human beings is unleashed, and their capacity as human beings can only be unleashed when their basic needs are met. There are too many families in our community who do not earn enough to meet their basic needs. When you worry every month about paying the landlord, every week about buying groceries, every day about whether your car will start, it is difficult to be the parent you want to be, the worker you know you could be, or the person you were meant to be,” stated Schuyler.

The first Orange Dot Report, published in the fall of 2011, focused on the city of Charlottesville and showed that 29% of the city’s families did not earn enough to be self-sufficient. Orange Dot 2.0 was published in September of 2015, and focused on Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Orange Dot 3.0 was published in October of 2018, and focused on the entire region (Albemarle, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson). Read the Orange Dot Report 4.0 online.

The Network2Work@PVCC model was recently selected by Governor Northam for expansion across the Commonwealth. The innovative program will expand to the Shenandoah Valley, Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond region, helping the communities get more people skilled up and employed in jobs with family-sustaining wages. To learn more about Network2Work@PVCC visit www.pvcc.edu/network2work.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. Visit
www.pvcc.edu.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu

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