Shenandoah Valley Workforce Board awarded economic equity grant

virginia

Photo Credit: niroworld

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board was recently awarded a $500,000 Workforce Services Expansion to Increase Economic Equity grant from the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

The grant funding will target out-of-work populations as identified in the 2018 Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service study Who is Out of Work in Virginia.   SVWDB will partner with the Piedmont Workforce Development Board (PWDB) on the program, with the SVWDB serving as the lead agency, grant project manager, and fiscal agent.

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service study found that 650,000 Virginians, ages 16-64 are out-of-work; of which 168,000 are unemployed (26%) and 482,000 (74%) are not in the labor force. It also isolated six workforce clusters to help guide local workforce regions in prioritizing what specialized populations need the most extensive services. Approximately 66,000 out-of-work residents in the Blue Ridge Cluster, which falls within the SVWDB and PWDB service regions, were characterized as younger (25 – 34 years), less educated, or having some disability with roughly 40% living in poverty.

The SVWDB/PWDB partnership intends to use the grant funding to assist these out-of-work populations by:

  • building collaboration infrastructure collaboration to expand workforce services;
  • leveraging innovative programs such as PluggedInVA, a career pathways program that provides motivated adult learners with a contextualized General Educational Development (GED®) curriculum that is integrated with industry-specific technical training as a means to develop essential workplace skills for entry-level jobs in targeted industries;
  • identifying and developing community peer networks;
  • establishing communication with community support organizations;
  • partnering with the Department of Social Services to co-enroll individuals needing social benefits and workforce preparation services; and
  • Expanding outreach using established social media platforms.

The evaluation of grant applications was conducted by staff from the Virginia Community College System, Department of Education, Department of Social Services, and the Governor’s Office.

For more information on the award and implementation of this grant, contact Joan Hollen, 540.442.7134,  jhollen@vcwvalley.com.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments