The Rapid Response Program, funded by the Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), is a pro-active, business-focused program that uses customized and flexible strategies.
Virginia’s Dislocated Worker Unit’s Regional Rapid Response Teams work with your employer to provide transition services at your work site and before the last day of work. We customize the services based on your needs and the needs of your company. Our goal is to get you back to work as soon as possible.
Rapid Response is initiated when the Dislocated Worker Unit or Rapid Response team learns of impending layoffs. Many companies will contact the Dislocated Worker Unit to notify them of a layoff and invite them to come on site to provide assistance. In some cases, employers are required to provide 60 days notice before a layoff. If you know your company is planning layoffs and you have not been told that rapid response services will be available to you, or your company laid you off without notice, please contact
To develop a transition services package in conjunction with your employer, the Rapid Response team will gather information about your needs by asking you to complete a survey called the Workforce Development Services Need Questionnaire. This will help them begin to organize the services necessary to help you return to work.
At employee orientation meetings, you will be informed about services and benefits designed to help you get back to work, including:
Local services in your community include use of computers, telephones, fax machines and group workshops to assist with your job search. Additional support may be available if your job was lost to foreign trade (Trade Act Program). Services are available for veterans and adults with disabilities.
For more information contact Felecia McClenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-819-4946.
The Rapid Region Map outlines the four regions – Northern Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Community College Workforce Alliance and New River. For a full size PDF that links to the regions, click on the graphic.
Dislocated Worker Unit
Lead Rapid Response Coordinator
Virginia Community College System
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219