Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Thanks to a partnership between Wells Fargo and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, four of Virginia’s Community Colleges will receive grants to help implement creative solutions to some of the workforce challenges facing the communities they serve.

The Wells Fargo Transformational Workforce Award, a competitive grant program, is designed to address the workforce development and job training needs of those communities through support or expansion of FastForward workforce training programs.

Southwest Virginia Community College will receive $10,350 to purchase welding equipment for students. 

Southside Virginia Community College will receive an award of $24,500 for building renovation to support growing enrollment in workforce training programs. 

Mountain Empire Community College has been awarded $12,610 to expand FastForward workforce training in the areas of Health Science.

Thomas Nelson Community College will receive $24,500 to launch Forward Thinking, a job training program, for underserved residents of the inner city of Newport News.

“We know from experience that giving back to the communities that we serve pays substantial dividends,” said Mike Wilkerson, business banking division manager at Wells Fargo. “I, for one, am confident that the funds used for programs like these are not only worthwhile, but they’re likely to produce significant returns for the communities involved and those looking to develop the kind of skills necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.”

Recipients of these competitive grants were selected by a committee comprised of staff from the Virginia Community College System and external workforce development professionals. Submitted proposals were evaluated using a wide-range of criteria including importance to the colleges and their service regions, predicted student outcomes and the potential for success.

Funds for the Wells Fargo Transformational Workforce Award program are made available through the Building the Future of Virginia, a Campaign for Virginia’s Community Colleges.

To learn more please visit VFCCE

cbutterworth@vccs.edu'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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