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Germanna receives grant from Go Virginia to launch Tech Talent project

Germanna receives grant from Go Virginia to launch Tech Talent project

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Germanna Community College has received $634,938 in funding toward a $1 million Tech Talent Pipeline Project that aims to train more than 200 students for high-demand engineering, information technology, computer science and cyber-related professions in the Fredericksburg region.

The funding, which was announced this week, was awarded by Go Virginia Region 6. Go Virginia is a statewide initiative to create higher-paying jobs and promote private sector growth through collaborations between private industry, higher education and state government.

Go Virginia Region 6 covers the Fredericksburg area, as well as counties in the Northern Neck. Funding is awarded by a coalition made up of representatives from business, government and education.

The two-year Tech Talent Pipeline Project will create engineering, IT, computer science and cyber pathways programs at Germanna for middle and high school students and adults entering the workforce.

“This project closes a major training gap for students within our region who want to pursue a career in engineering or IT but who may not take a traditional path to reach that goal,” Amy Henecke, dean of professional and technical studies and workforce development at Germanna, said in a press release announcing the grant.

Germanna President Janet Gullickson said the program will help the college “improve career outcomes for hundreds in our region while serving the key industry sectors of engineering and computer technologies.”

The project is the largest Go Virginia Region 6 project to date, according to William Beale, chairman of the Region 6 council.

For more about the Go Virginia initiative, visit govirginia6.org.

Adele Uphaus–Conner:

540/735-1973

auphaus@freelancestar.com

@flsadele

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