July 21, 2020
Interview Published by WCYB News, Olivia Bailey Anchor/Reporter at WCYB News

WCYB News: VA Ready Program Retrains Unemployed, Partners Businesses with Community Colleges

How summer internshipsA new program is working to retrain Virginians who have lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA Ready is partnering businesses with community colleges to provide a pipeline to jobs in high demand.

Olivia Bailey, Anchor and Reporter at WCYB News, interview Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group, and Glen Youngkin, Co-Founder of VA Ready, to share how the VA Ready Initiative will bring together businesses and community colleges to help Virginians gain the skills they need to get high-demand jobs, while also helping the workforce in Virginia become economically resilient.

Watch the interview on WCYB News here.

“The goal here is dual. Yes, to help people get retrained and get great jobs, but also help our workforce in Virginia become much more economically resilient, so that when we have our next challenge, there will be fewer people impacted.”


– Glenn Youngkin, Co-Founder of VA Ready

“We always call it a career, not a job. A job to me is something you might do and then you might do something else and you might do something else. We are looking for folks that long-term want to stick around and build an IT career.”


– Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group

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Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
Chief Growth Officer

Paul Wilkinson is responsible for managing the company’s growth, leading business development, capture management, marketing, and communications. Paul provides leadership for the development of new markets and managed service offerings.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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Brian Lubin
SVP, Service Management

Brian leads the development and management of our service offerings and brings great value in aligning our growth and delivery activities while ensuring profitability.

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