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McAuliffe plugs $1M in budget for SVHEC

SoVaNow.com / December 21, 2017
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is set to receive a $1 million boost for career training in the biennial budget that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sending to the General Assembly in early 2018.

McAuliffe announced the new funding Friday for the SVHEC Career Tech Academy as part of a $6.8 million budget initiative to promote statewide workforce development. The governor made the announcement in Charlottesville at an event to highlight career credential and job training programs.

Betty Adams, executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, was in Charlottesville for the event and said she “was thrilled to hear the Governor make that announcement.”

High school juniors and seniors from three counties — Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte — will be eligible to take part in the academy.

She explained that the CTA will provide information technology and advanced manufacturing jobs training for area high school students. Along with tapping the two-year state budget appropriation, the Career Tech Academy will leverage investments in existing equipment, facilities infrastructure and curriculum by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Commonwealth of Virginia and other private and public partners.

The CTA will allow students to access career pathways in what are identified as Region 3 key target sectors: Business Services/IT Data Center and Advanced Manufacturing and Materials. Students will have access to both non-credit credential-based training already offered by the SVHEC and community colleges’ dual enrollment programs.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, she said, CTA students will spend half of each school day in training programs that lead to assessment-based, industry-recognized credentials, hands-on skills and work readiness.

The SVHEC forecasts an enrollment of 345 students in the CTA over a three-year period: 65 students are expected in FY 2019, 125 in FY 2020 and 155 in FY 2021.

Adams said the total operating budget for the three-year project is $2,290,000. The SVHEC is requesting $436,552 from GO Virginia, a region-based economic development entity of the state, and the three local school divisions will be asked to contribute $217,948. The remaining budget amount of $1,634,500 will come out of existing SVHEC appropriations and Tobacco Commission funds which are already in hand.

Also in Charlottesville, McAuliffe announced an additional $600,000 in his budget for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, which will use the money to match enrollment growth for its Integrated Machining and Technology (IMT) Program.

The governor’s budget can be amended by the General Assembly, which must approve the two-year spending package before submitting it to incoming Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature into law.



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