Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sign up here for our free newsletter that tells you about the newest stories, twice each week.

Virginia Earns Defense Department Grant To Train Shipbuilding Workers

Virginia has received a $5 million Department of Defense grant to train workers for Virginia’s defense manufacturing industries in Danville and Hampton Roads. The grant will go to the Virginia Defense Manufacturing Community, which brings together the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Southern Virginia, and Old Dominion University’s Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem.

With the $5 million grant, the Virginia Defense Manufacturing Community will create a K-through-12-to-university training pipeline, helping students in the Danville and Norfolk areas gain the skills needed for defense manufacturing industries. It will ensure Virginia has the advanced workforce these industries require. The training pipeline will increase manufacturing capacity, capability, resiliency, and diversity in the maritime defense industrial base.

“This initiative presents a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our country’s defense workforce,” said Acting Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Kathleen Jabs. “The entire grant development process required and fostered collaboration among federal, state, and local entities as well as private businesses, academia, and regional economic alliances. We’re excited about the investment in the future beginning with Virginia’s youngest learners.”

The project will create a Manufacturing Engineering Technology community-college-to-university pathway that awards credentials to manufacturing engineers. Students will be introduced to the manufacturing workforce opportunities in elementary school. As they get older, they will have access to curriculums related to their preferred manufacturing discipline, and access to employment opportunities at the high school, community college, and university levels.

The grant will be invested over federal fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

You must purchase this article or be a subscriber to comment on it.

More Government+Business

Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Falls for 17 Months Straight, Lowest In Mid-Atlantic

Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in October, which is 2.5 percentage points below the rate from one year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted...

Gloucester County Treasurer’s Office Offers Online Access To Personal Property Tax Information

GLOUCESTER- Gloucester County Treasurer's Office is now providing online access to residents' personal property tax information through a citizen self-service portal. "For years, we have...

York Seeking Applicants For Board of Equalization

YORK-York County is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Board of Equalization. The Board meets on an as-needed basis to hear and consider...

Williamsburg Designates Medical Marijuana Zone

WILLIAMSBURG-The Williamsburg City Council recently voted to approve an amendment to designate a zone that will allow for medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the...