- Last Updated on 08:56 AM 09/11/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
The Dominion Foundation has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center a $45,000 grant for workforce development. The Dominion Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources (NYSE:D), of which Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary.
The grant funds given to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center will be used to purchase a welding simulator. The simulator will play a critical role in training students in the nationally certified welding training program coming to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Educational partner, Virginia Technical Institute in Altavista will provide program instruction and is working with Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Workforce Services to set up the instructional space.
The decision to bring a welding training program to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is in response to the demand for skilled workers regional businesses and industries are experiencing.
“Many employers in the area have expressed the need for welding training and for people with welding skills. Increasing access to welding training within Halifax County will help us to meet the needs of existing employers, attract new industry, and complement work going on at the SVHEC,” said Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center director of workforce services. “We are grateful to Dominion Foundation for funding our grant to bring welding equipment and training opportunities to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.”
Emmett Toms Jr., external affairs manager for Dominion Virginia Power, said, “We’re always interested in supporting the educational needs within the communities in our service area.”
Halifax County Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Pool sees great value in bringing another technical training program to Halifax County.
“This is incredibly meaningful not just for the business community in Halifax County but for the community as a whole,” she said. “This is a wonderful collaboration that will provide opportunities for some of our people to find jobs.”
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center plans to announce the start-up of welding training classes in the coming months.
For more information about the SVHEC visit www.svhec.org or call 434-572-5440 and toll free 1-800-283-0098.
For more information about Dominion or the Dominion Foundation, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.