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Biztec, Workforce Development Board team up for new program

Biztec President Mike Williams, from left, Workforce Development Board-Mid Ohio Valley-Region 4 of West Virginia’s Miranda Lough (Employer Services — Program Specialist), Janelle Comstock (Director) and U.S. Department of Labor State Director Kenneth Milnes were in Parkersburg on Friday to officially recognize and sign a Registered Apprenticeship Program, the first RAP sponsorship provided by a local Workforce Development Board in West Virginia. (Photo by Tyler Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — The Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley and local employer Biztec partnered to create a Department of Labor Information Technology Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) on Friday in Biztec’s office on 326 Fifth St. in Parkersburg.

The U.S. Department of Labor also met with WDB-MOV and Biztec to officially recognize and sign the RAP, making it the first RAP sponsorship provided by a local Workforce Development Board in the state of West Virginia.

Biztec, which provides a full suite of IT services to small to medium businesses, saw rapid growth last year seeking assistance from the WDB-MOV. With even more anticipated future workforce need, Biztec decided to fill positions by creating a qualified in-house talent pool through a RAP for its Structured Cabling Installer job positions.

“It’s been an exciting time trying to build that. The goal for us was not only to grow the business, but also create a technology hub in Parkersburg,” Mike Williams, Biztec President, said.

WDB-MOV will be assisting financially for qualified participants through WIOA training funds. Funding will be provided for classroom training and on the job training components of a DOL RAP.

Through the WDB-MOV, Biztec has been able to use apprenticeships that are in the Computer Information Technology program from West Virginia University at Parkersburg, part of the Learn and Earn program.

Structured Cabling Installer Apprentices will also receive a DOL Nationally Recognized Certificate upon completion of the one-year program. Additional partners will be brought in throughout the state as the program continues to grow.

For the past three years, WDB-MOV focused on RAP Implementation for in-demand industries such as construction trades, healthcare and IT. Close partnerships have been formed with West Virginia Department of Labor Education and Training Representatives, and other program sponsors, so WIOA assistance could be provided to eligible participants and employers.

In an email, WDB-MOV stated it is excited to sponsor Biztec’s Structured Cabling Installer RAP to further expand IT career pathway opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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