February 2014 - Washington, DC
The Walmart Foundation will provide a $4.2 million grant to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for the Job Ready, Willing and Able initiative. This is a program to train and place community college students in new careers.
Seventeen community colleges have been selected to receive the funding to work with local companies and provide training of local residents for middle-skilled jobs. This is an expansion of the Workforce Economic Opportunity Initiative originally funded by the Walmart Foundation back in 2008. Four of the colleges from that program will become mentors in the new program.
This grant will allow the AACC to help the community colleges provide a broader range of wrap around services supporting students during their quest for career education. One of the services being provided to students is the Virtual Career Network web portal (VCN.org) which provides students with information and assistance in their preparation for choosing and securing new careers. VCN.org was designed and built by XPAND Corporation for the American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the Department of Labor in an effort to facilitate students entering the workforce.
By using VCN.org, students can find information to make informed decisions for selecting a career, receive the information to get the training to qualify for the positions of their choosing, and find a job in their new career.
The American Association of Community Colleges is an association of 1,200 community, junior, and technical colleges with more than 13 million students.
May 2013 – Reston, Virginia
Ayub has more than 17 years of professional experience with database development and management. In his spare time, he likes to engage in sports like golf, soccer, and yoga. He also plays acoustic guitar.
April 2013 - Reston, Virginia
XPAND has launched the U.S. Department of Labor's new CareerOneStop Business Center, a one-stop portal providing access to workforce information and available state and local resources to help employers recruit, hire, and train a strong workforce. The site helps organizations identify what exactly they need in an employee and develop strategies to find the right full-time employees, part-time employees, temporary workers, contractors, and interns for their needs.
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April 8, 2013 – Reston, Virginia
Srividya joined our team this month as a Software Engineer II working on the CareerOneStop contract for the Department of Labor. She graduated from JNTU University with Bachelor’s degree of Information Technology in India. She has good experience with .Net technologies and likes to keep up to date with Latest technologies. She likes Indian food, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
April 1, 2013 – Reston, Virginia
Jerry Dykstra has just joined XPAND as our Market Acquisition Manager handling marketing and business development. Jerry graduated from Syracuse University with an MBA and has over 20 years of experience selling IP products and services to government and commercial organizations. He lives in Reston and likes to bike 1,000+ miles each summer on the bike trails.
March 4, 2013 – Reston, Virginia
Payal is the newest Software Engineer to join XPAND, working on the Virtual Career Network web portal. She finished her Bachelor of Engineering from Nirma Institute of Technology (India) in Information Technology. Since then, she has been working in software industry as web developer for a variety of clients. She loves outdoors and tries to spend as much time hiking when not writing code or trying to keep up with ever changing technologies.
January 15, 2013 – Reston, Virginia
Amit Deshmukh has just joined XPAND as a Software Engineer for VCN Project. Amit graduated from George Mason University with Masters in Information Systems and has over 3 years of experience in open source technologies like PHP, Drupal, MySQL, jQuery, etc. He lives in Reston and is looking forward to travel and explore new places in the summer.
August 2012 – Reston, Virginia
XPAND recently secured a new contract with the State of Minnesota through its Workforce Development Division of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The contract is for ongoing maintenance, new software, system development, and re-architecting for the CareerOneStop.org website (“COS”) under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (“DOLETA”). This contract will extend until 2017.
March 9, 2011 – Reston, Virginia
XPAND and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are collaborating with the American Council on Education to provide users with equivalent college credits for on-the-job training, military experience, and other formal courses and examinations taken outside of traditional degree programs. This information will be used as part of the Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (HVCP) in its mission to transition un‐ and under‐employed workers into careers in the healthcare field by assisting them to obtain the credentials they need to secure jobs in healthcare and healthcare‐related occupations.
March 2011 – Reston, Virginia
Through a new feature developed by XPAND, job seekers can now view a list of businesses, including government and nonprofit organizations, in industries that often employ the occupation selected on mySkillsmyFuture.org, the website which helps job seekers match their current skills to new careers and discover what training is needed to transition from one job to another. You can explore XPAND’s newest innovation by going here.
March 2011 – Reston, Virginia
XPAND has worked with the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) and the National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) to enhance and transition the MID-BRR web portal onto a private virtual cloud environment. Post deployment, monthly maintenance hours were increased 300%, from 50 hours to 160 hours.
February 2011 – Reston, Virginia
In order to host the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Reagent Resource (MID-BRR) web portal in a private virtual cloud environment, XPAND needed to secure a Medium Impact Authority to Operate (ATO) from the National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID). The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) sponsored a Certification and Accreditation (C&A) effort to accomplish this. XPAND completed this exercise in a record span of 3 months and secured an ATO. This is XPAND’s first Medium Impact ATO.