Career pathways programs awarded $4.3M federal grant
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has received a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the commonwealth’s existing career pathways programs. The project will help nearly 500 Virginians with disabilities gain new skills and credentials to seek employment in competitive, high-demand, high-quality occupations. The five-year grant will allow the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired 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.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, “This grant will advance DARS and DBVI’s mission to train more Virginians with disabilities to succeed in jobs in industry sectors that are key for building a new Virginia economy. I am proud of the way our agencies are using industry-recognized credentials, employability skills training and assistive technology to empower a workforce to do in-demand jobs for their clients.”
The federal grant, awarded to only three other states, totals $4.3 million, 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.