November 17, 2016

Warner & Kaine Announce $6 Million Investment In Southwest Virginia Workforce Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium in Radford, VA will receive a $6,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to strengthen and expand regional workforce partnerships in Southwest Virginia. The funds are available through DOL’s America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program.

“Today’s economy requires workers to have knowledge of new and emerging technologies in order to compete for high-skilled jobs,” said Warner. “This funding will be key in providing new training programs, increasing employment opportunities, and creating new partnerships between job creators in Southwest Virginia. I look forward to seeing how the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium uses these funds to invest in the future of our local economy.”

“This federal funding will help equip Virginians with important occupational skills that companies are looking for in today’s competitive economy,” said Kaine. “I supported this competitive grant for our Commonwealth and the Department of Labor agreed with its merits. I look forward to seeing these funds used by the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium to create more opportunity in our economy and train workers who want to build a successful future for themselves.”

The America’s Promise grants will help develop and grow regional partnerships between workforce agencies, education and training providers and employers in a variety of industries. The America’s Promise grant competition was designed to:

  • Increase opportunities for all Americans through tuition-free training for middle-to high-skilled occupations and industries.
  • Expand employer involvement in the design and delivery of training programs.
  • Utilize evidence-based sector strategies to increase employability, employment earnings, and outcomes of job seekers.
  • Leverage additional public, private, and foundation resources to scale and sustain proven strategies.

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