Workforce Development Center Launches Strive & Thrive Alexandria Podcast

Page updated on Feb 12, 2021 at 12:05 PM

Workforce Development Center Launches Strive & Thrive Alexandria Podcast


Strive and Thrive Podcast Web BoxFebruary 12, 2021--The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) has launched the Strive & Thrive Alexandria Podcast to provide insight into regional employment and economic trends as well as inform residents of the latest news about employment and career growth programs, new initiatives and benefits, and local job opportunities. 

The podcast is part of WDC’s Strive & Thrive initiative, which was launched last year to deliver services and programs remotely and online in order to reach more residents and employers seeking assistance during COVID-19. 

The latest episode provides a snapshot of the older adult workforce and WDC resources to assist them. Guests include AARP Vice President of Financial Resilience Program Susan Weinstock, who shares how older adults were impacted by the pandemic, and an Alexandria resident who had lost her position during the pandemic and regained employment through participation in WDC’s 50+ Rapid Reskilling Cohort program.

Previous podcast episodes explore:

  • How the region is performing during the pandemic along with strategies for securing employment; guests included Alan Cooley, Manager of Labor Market Research at Northern Virginia Community College, and Dave Remick, Executive Director of Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council.

  • Promising career paths in the Alexandria Public Schools; guests included ACPS representatives and WDC Business Service Specialists Salvador Amado and Ralph Critten.

WDC is a leader in shaping the initiatives and discourse around workforce and economy, along with jurisdictional partners, Virginia Career Works, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and other business-oriented organizations. The podcast allows residents to access and engage with a growing collection of thought leadership and resources relevant to job seekers and business owners in the region.

Residents can access audio episodes at and the City’s SoundCloud site or watch video episodes on the Department of Community and Human Services YouTube channel.