The Collegiate Community is part of the Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center’s CollegeGo Waynesboro project. Its purpose is to create an opportunity for current and prospective students to meet, socialize and share their experience with local college students, distance learners, other degreed and interested individuals in the cities of Waynesboro, Staunton and surrounding rural counties. Open to all individuals who have completed a degree (s), pursuing a degree (either through distance learning or a traditional campus setting) and those who are interested in obtaining a degree.
The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center, Learn, Casa de Amistad are linking literacy and technology for change. Using Rosetta Stone software for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors assist participants to acquire better English skills to help accelerate and integrate them into the American economic and social systems.
Classes are provided to help improve English, public speaking and computer skills development. We are continuous improving our programs to enhance communication amongst our diverse community.
In June 2014, in collaboration with the City of Waynesboro, the Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (WALT) opened a new computer lab at the historic Rosenwald Community Center (RCC). It is an after school program that has been established as a learning site for disadvantaged youth and young adults.
RCC offers resources to help bridge the digital divide, primarily through the public accessing computers, training and the Internet. The training range from basic computing skills, digital literary to applied skills, (e.g. math, science, reading, online job searches, job applications, etc.) to promote academic success.
The objective of this program is to increase residents’ self-sufficiency, capacity to learn, develop technology skills and talent to help build a more educated, more able workforce, safer and better connected community.
The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (W.A.L.T.) has recently established a referral-based partnership with the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (W.A.R.M). WARM is a local non-profit that provides shelter to our community’s homeless. The program is in its start-up phase and, although the program offers effective shelter and support, there was a clear need to address the employment and computer skills barriers of the participants.
WALT has agreed to address this need for our community members who are homeless, unemployed, underemployed and lack of basic computer skills.
The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center and the Waynesboro Redevelopment & Housing Authority have partnered under the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant to provide computer training and development under the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PHFSS).
The self-sufficiency program works to provide training, supportive services and resident empowerment activities. These services should enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.
The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center is partnering with the New Directions Center, Inc. to provide computer training for residents in job readiness and computer literacy.
The instructors will guide residents in acquiring the basic computer skills necessary for employability and prepare students in life/work skills so that the individual can find and apply for employment.
New Directions Center is a non-profit community organization devoted to diminishing the occurrence and impact of emotional, physical, and sexual violence in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.
WAYNESBORO-They wanted to help local charities. The idea was to go beyond collecting food or something of that nature and to really aim high, to do a large project. And so, the staff at Waynesboro’s Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym set a goal of $6,000 to raise for five local charities earlier this month, as part of their “Make Every Rep Count” event.
“We wanted to put something together that would be like what we do day in and day out, which is lifting,” Wayne Williams, Powerhouse Gym owner, said. “We wanted to do a competition where ladies could lift. They would earn sponsorships throughout the community from local businesses. Those local businesses would pledge different amounts for each pound or each lift.”
Williams and his staff reached out to other gyms, to groups like the Waynesboro YMCA, Crossfit, Anytime Fitness and Staunton Health and Fitness, along with local businesses. They recruited 20 women from places like Charlottesville, Staunton and here in Waynesboro, to basically work out for charity.
Williams mentioned that not only was this for Powerhouse, but they wanted to include everyone.
“We got agreements from other gyms to send athletes,” he said. “We sought out judges and athletes from Charlottesville and Staunton and everywhere in between. We wanted it to be bigger than just Powerhouse, we wanted it to be a community thing where the local gyms could come together.”
The women competed in three classes, including 125 lbs, 150 lbs and the unlimited category, to see who could lift the most weight. Each of the women went through the community and collected sponsors, who agreed to pay based on how many reps each one did. That included things like the squat, the deadlift, the bench press and power clean, among others. It wasn’t long, however, before the group met and passed the original goal. When all was said and done, the fundraiser collected $6,200. That money then was split up among five local charities, including the Waynesboro Boys and Girls Club, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Waynesboro Learning and Technology Center, the MaDee Project and Valley Young Life.
Shenandoah Powerhouse has been in the city since 2009, when Williams and his wife Lindsey started looking for places to open up a fitness center.
“We thought Waynesboro would be a fantastic place to start a fitness center,” Williams said. “We love the area and we thought it was a market open for us. Powerhouse is the only family owned corporate gym that’s out there and it just made a lot of sense. They give us a lot of flexibility to do what we want to serve our community.”
Make Every Rep Count 2 will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym in Waynesboro. This year, the stakes are even higher. Our goal is to raise $8,500 to support five local charities, including Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, MaDee Project, Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro Boys and Girls Club, Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (WALT) and the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry.
The “Make Every Rep Count” competitors will enlist sponsors to pledge a dollar amount per pound lifted in the squat, deadlift, bench press or reps in the power clean. The better the athlete performs, more funds goes to local charities.
To participate in this annual fundraiser as an athlete or to sponsor a lifter, call Wayne at (540) 942-9466.