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UVA Pipelines & Pathways Grand Opening

On Monday, May 8th, UVA Pipelines & Pathways celebrated its grand opening at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

Pipelines & Pathways is an initiative of UVA President Jim Ryan’s Council on UVA - Community Partnerships and was developed by the President’s working group on local jobs and wages. The goal of the program is to increase the number of individuals residing in underserved communities in the Charlottesville region who are hired by the University, decrease the rate of turnover, and increase the number of Academic Division and University Medical Center employees who advance up the career ladder.

Approximately 200 community members showed up to commemorate the occasion. As part of the event, 13 divisions from the University of Virginia shared information about open positions with the public, and 12 community resource organizations were available to share information about their services to job seekers. There were also workshops on personal branding and professional image, career coaching sessions, and an opportunity to get a professional headshot.

Additionally, the day included speeches from President Ryan; John Kosky, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Juandiego Wade, City of Charlottesville Vice-Mayor; and Pipelines & Pathways participants who have received jobs as a result of participating in the program. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce also marked the grand opening with an official ribbon cutting.