gener8tor Skills Accelerator is a free training program open to all Southern Virginia residents wanting to develop or enhance critical skills for in-demand jobs in just a few weeks

Upcoming Skills Accelerator Programs in Southern Virginia

gener8tor Skills Accelerator Career Pathway: Data Analytics

Explore foundational concepts used in data analysis and practice using software tools for data analytics and data visualization.  

Skills you’ll learn:  
•  Data gathering and cleaning 
•  SQL queries
•  Quality data sets and visualizations
•  Data analysis software tools

March 2024 Cohort

Career Track Focus Data Analytics
Apply by March 10, 2024
Program Kickoff March 11, 2024
Program End April 26, 2024

About gener8tor Skills Accelerator Programs in Southern Virginia

gener8tor Skills Accelerator is a virtual, rapid reskilling program for people looking for jobs in high-demand roles in their communities or working remotely for companies across the country. Graduates build their confidence alongside their technical knowledge in small cohort-based groups where they receive one-on-one support to achieve their goals. Participants earn a gener8tor Skills certificate and, in certain programs, have access to reduced fee exams to secure industry-recognized certifications. All learning is self-paced to fit any schedule.

“This is not your typical Project Management course. This program helps you define yourself; it builds your trust and makes you more confident in being a leader. Being a leader is the most essential skill needed for a Project Manager. In addition, the LinkedIn training is excellent and provides enough CU hours to qualify for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)! g8 has impacted my sense of self by giving me more self-confidence. Being able to talk with career coaches to receive constructive criticism regarding my resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and the mocked interview with recommendations, I was able to come back to the drawing board and improve each one of those items. In addition, I thought I was a terrible interviewer, but the mentor gave me highlights that will enhance my interview techniques.”

Nakita Wilson

gener8tor Skills Accelerator participant, Skipwith, Virginia (Mecklenburg County)

gener8tor Skills Accelerator is a rapid reskilling program that includes

Self-paced virtual curriculum

Self-paced virtual curriculum from Microsoft and LinkedIn allow participants to learn skills and earn certifications and badges

One-on-one concierge support

Participants receive support from the gener8tor team on skills content, plus coaching on resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile creation, and job interviewing

Virtual access

Cohort members receive virtual access to a network of peers for support and community


The gener8tor team prepares participants with interview skills and provides interview opportunities with companies ready to hire qualified candidates

“The mock interviews were extremely helpful. Being in the unique position of usually having found my jobs organically through relationships, I have very little experience going through the application and interview process. It was an area that I was very nervous about. Doing the mock interviews gave me a lot of confidence in myself and showed me areas open to improvement. The skills that I learned in the program have helped me to craft a more accurate timeline and execution plan, as well as better identify all the stakeholders of the project and build a more comprehensive communication plan. I would absolutely recommend g8 Skills Accelerator to others. The program was very thorough in the material covered, but one of my favorite things is that the g8 team is continually at our disposal even after the program.”

Wendy Grimm

gener8tor Skills Accelerator participant, Gasburg, Virginia (Brunswick County)

gener8tor Skills Accelerator Southern Virginia is a partnership among

Success is measured by helping people gain new skills and certificates

  • Unemployed Participants 54% 54%
  • Women Participants 77% 77%
  • Person of Color Participants 58% 58%
  • Graduation Rate 84% 84%
  • Hired (as of June 2023) 75% 75%


Certificates Received

Data above represents cumulative totals from 2020 through December 2023

gener8tor Skills Accelerator FAQs

Do you still have questions about the Skills program? Explore some of our frequently asked questions to find the answer.

What does success look like after graduation from the Skills Accelerator?

Participants that graduate from the Skills Accelerator program are encouraged to utilize our career coaching and job placement services for the duration of their career as needed. Program alumni are routinely reached out to by our team and have direct access to sign up for services through our Skills Jobs Board Website.

Can I complete the program 100% virtually?

YES! All programming will be virtual to make sure you can progress your career in a format that works well for you. Some programs will have in-person events and opportunities available but won’t be a requirement for you to graduate.

How much does this program cost?

gener8tor Skills program is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to applicants who are eligible for privately funded scholarships or public innovative workforce programs funded at the federal, state, and local levels. If you choose to apply, we will do our best to contact you to determine eligibility in accordance with requirements set by our program partners who make this work possible.

Companies hiring graduates of the gener8tor Skills Accelerator include

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Don’t let that stop you from applying!

Program participants receive complimentary access to the SOVA Innovation Hub coworking space during our regular business hours – Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm – for the duration of the program.

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