Nearly $2.7 million in federal funds directed to support workforce development in Radford, Roanoke

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) — U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced Friday approximately $2,699,000 in federal funding to provide job training and education for at-risk youth in Radford and Roanoke.

According to a statement from Kaine’s office on Friday, June 11, this funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA)’s YouthBuild grant program.

“These dollars will provide additional resources for at-risk young Virginians and help put them on a path toward successful careers,” the senators said. “These federal investments in community-based job programs will be crucial to our country’s economic recovery.”

Warner and Kaine have been driving Senate efforts to support skills training programs preparing students and workers for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

Kaine reintroduced the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act — cosponsored by Warner — in March to help improve access to job training programs by expanding Pell Grant eligibility. In addition, Kaine reintroduced the Assisting Community Colleges in Educating Skilled Students (ACCESS) to Careers Act in May to boost student success and career readiness.

YouthBuild is a pre-apprenticeship program that provides education and work training opportunities for vulnerable youth ages 16-24 who dropped out of high school,” Friday’s statement said. “As part of the program, these young Americans will split time between job training and the classroom, where they earn high school diplomas or equivalency degrees and prepare for postsecondary training opportunities. This national program serves more than 6,000 youth annually in more than 40 states.”

Officials say the funding will be distributed to the following organizations in southwest Virginia: 

  • New River-Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium in Radford: $1,500,000
  • Goodwill Industries of the Valleys in Roanoke: $1,199,000

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