Virginia Career Works – Northern Region offers employment and training assistance for newcomers seeking humanitarian refuge to start professional careers in Northern Virginia.

All visa statuses welcome, including asylum-seekers, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa, and humanitarian parole.


Apply to these Quick-Hire-Survival-Jobs open to newcomers and English Language Learners

  • Leesburg VA – Loudoun Workforce Resource Center offers beginner computer classes on How to Use a Computer, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel
  • Arlington VA – Resource Center for a Better Life offers Computer Literacy classes
  • Virtually and Alexandria VA – Computer CORE offers online and in-person classes on Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), Google Docs, Computer Basics, Buying a Computer, Email Ettiquette, and Intro IT Classes.


Do you need an Employment Case Manager to assist you with finding employment or training? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Employment and Training Programs assist eligible candidates with certification training, career counseling, internships, and supports.

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WIOA Employment Case Management:

  • Career assessment and advice on a career path
  • Certification training for professional careers
  • Employment plan including Virginia Career Works classes
  • Refugee-oriented career coach
  • Monthly check-ins with a Case Manager

If needed, WIOA participants may receive additional supports to achieve the career goal: 

  • Professional clothing
  • Licensure application costs
  • Professional Association memberships
  • Transportation funds
  • Degree Evaluation
  • Paid internship
  • Work equipment
  • Driver’s License costs
  • English Classes (cannot be the only service received)
  • LinkedIn Learning License

Participants must enroll in the WIOA Programs to receive case management.

A WIOA Information Session is available online every Friday at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Does this sound like you?

  • You are ready to work now, or within the next 2 months
  • You speak sufficient English to participate in training and communicate independently
  • You are willing to complete an application and submit work authorization and income documents
  • You are willing to complete a career assessment
  • You are willing to communicate with an employment case manager at least monthly, and follow up for a year after you get a job
  • You see job descriptions you are applying for are asking for certifications you do not have, even though you have experience

If you have questions about if WIOA is right for you:

Contact Eliza Chappell
Northern Virginia Career Pathways for Refugees
(703) 689 – 1717

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