Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Workforce WednesdayHave you ever visited Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions? Known for its beautiful waters where the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers meet, an abundance of crabs, oysters and sunshine, the birthplace of George Washington, is one of Virginia’s hidden treasures.

Now, thanks to Virginia’s Waterman Training Program, visitors can experience the watermen’s unique heritage through guided tours given by the region’s watermen themselves.

Here’s the video:

The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) recently announced the Virginia’s Waterman Training Program as one of the winners of the 2014 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA).

This program was developed by the Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce and Community Development office and Chesapeake Environmental Communication to capitalize on the knowledge and earning potential of commercial waterman and produce positive impacts for the local economy.

Virginia’s Waterman Training Program provides training for watermen who wish to supplement their incomes by developing tourism-based businesses.

Benefits of the program include an alternative source of income for Virginia’s working waterman, connecting them to the public as educators and Chesapeake Bay stewards, with an emphasis on the benefits of buying local seafood.

Checkout the Virginia EcoTour Guide Certification Course.

Visit for more information on tours.'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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    Meriwether Payne

    I’m a VA certified ecotour guide with a business (Seaside Ecotours LLC) in Wachapreague, VA on the Eastern Shore. I think this would be a WONDERFUL PROGRAM for our Eastern Shore watermen (& women!). What can be done to initiate this?
    I am a friend of Shannon Alexander (Bay Country Kayaking & a coordinator of the Ecotour Guide Certification class).
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks – Meriwether


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