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Virginia received 4.3 million federal grant for career pathways

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Staff writer ▼ | October 9, 2015
Virginia has received a $4.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help nearly 500 Virginians with disabilities gain new skills and credentials to seek employment.
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The five-year grant will allow the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) to develop and implement a demonstration project to enhance Virginia’s existing regional career pathways systems to serve individuals with disabilities, including young adults and veterans.

The effort will identify and address needed enhancements to the Commonwealth’s existing career pathways programs to ensure access for individuals with disabilities, initially in south central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, where the project will partner with the regional Workforce Investment Boards.

The DARS Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville will work with the Virginia Manufacturing Association to develop a one-week training program. The Blue Ridge Community College is also expected to partner in the project.

The federal grant, awarded to only three other states, totals $4,314,015, or 89 percent of the overall project budget. The Commonwealth and other project partners will contribute a minimum of $506,891, or 11 percent of the total projected five-year budget.