State grant aimed at developing heavy construction workforce
Heavy construction workforce development programs have opened at Northern Virginia and Lord Fairfax community colleges.
On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a $453,686 Workforce Development Capacity and Technical Assistance grant to Lord Fairfax Community College to assist it with the development of the new program.
The grant, administered by the Virginia Community College System, will help the college purchase heavy construction equipment simulators that enable prospective workers to train on the equipment they will be using on the job.
McAuliffe’s office said the new programs will support the efforts of Northern Virginia’s heavy construction industry to identify and train talent as infrastructure improvement projects proceed on I-95, I-395 and I-66.
The Heavy Construction Talent Development program was developed through a partnership with the Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA), Alban CAT of Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College and the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Office of the Governor.