Building a Better Workforce for Our Region

Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge

We work with local businesses, government agencies, educational entities and other partners to meet regional workforce needs and allow individuals to prosper, grow & thrive in our region.

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is currently accepting nominations for individuals interested in serving on the Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) for the Blue Ridge Region. The LWDB is responsible for overseeing the administering federal, state, and local workforce training dollars as well as acting as the regional convener for workforce development agencies in the region. The Blue Ridge Region consists of the Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke and the Cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem.

The current vacancies on the Board include:

  • A representative of a private-sector business in Alleghany County
  • A representative of a private-sector business in Botetourt County
  • A representative of a private-sector business in Franklin County
  • A representative of a private-sector business in Roanoke City
  • A representative of a private-sector business in Roanoke County
  • Two representatives of community-based organizations in the region (the definition of a community-based organization is an organization that has demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment needs of individuals with barriers to employment, including Veterans, persons with disabilities, and “out of school” youth.)
  • A representative of Title II Adult Education programming in the region
  • A representative of Career and Technical Education programs in the region

For individuals interested in serving in one of these capacities, please email Morgan Romeo at or contact by phone at 540-562-8442 x 201.

COVID-19 Operations

Updated 6/11/2021

The Virginia Career Works – Roanoke Center is currently open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Wednesdays. Staff are on-site and available to assist individuals with their employment needs, but no staff are available to see individuals face-to-face regarding unemployment insurance benefits. 

For individuals that are interested in speaking with someone from the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) regarding their unemployment insurance benefits, the VEC has set up a statewide scheduling system for phone appointments to speak with a VEC staff. Please visit the following link to make an appointment: 

For all of your job search or employment needs, we are open to the public or you can make an appointment using our online scheduling software!

Appointments are available Monday through Friday for anything you may need, including, but not limited to:
Job Search Assistance
Training and Education
Additional Resources (housing, food, transportation, etc.)
Business Services

For any questions, please email Toni McLawhorn, One Stop Coordinator, at

Job Seekers

We want to help you get into your dream career!


We want to help you get the talent you need!


We want to help you explore your options and achieve self-sufficiency!

Are you looking for how to prepare for jobs of the future? We can help you find your future career!

Services Include:

  • Career coaching
  • Resume/interview preparation
  • Job search, referral & placement assistance
  • Occupational skills training
  • On-The-Job training
  • Supportive services
  • And much more!


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3601 Thirlane Road NW, Suite 2
Roanoke, VA 24019


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Covington, VA 24426


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Rocky Mount, VA 24151