VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.— Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02) joined U.S. Department of Commerce officials and Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) on Wednesday to announce an $11 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant to Hampton Roads Workforce Council to build a talent pipeline in Coastal Virginia.
The program will bring together large employers and community-based organizations to create a training program and grow industries in Coastal Virginia. The program will also establish training pathways in coordination with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase career opportunities for workers in maritime engineering and robotics.
“This more than $11 million investment in Coastal Virginia will create opportunities and support jobs throughout Coastal Virginia, including for our veterans and military families,” Rep. Luria said. “I will continue to support federal investment in our workforce, and I want to congratulate the Hampton Roads Workforce Council on this award.”
This grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The program awarded grants to 32 worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country. The $500 million program is expanding opportunities for more Americans to access and secure good-paying jobs by investing in innovative approaches to advance worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships.
“For years, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council has been a national leader in helping workers gain the basic skills they need to access new jobs. Now, through this $11 million investment, the Workforce Council will be able to move beyond the currently available entry-level programs by strengthening and expanding access to advanced job training,” said Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03). “Simply put, the Good Jobs Challenge grant will help workers gain advanced skills that lead to long-term, rewarding careers, and ensure businesses have skilled professionals on the job. This is just one part of our shared commitment – from the Biden-Harris Administration and Congressional Democrats – to supporting America’s workforce development.”