Hampton Roads adult learning program pilot project gets $25,000 federal grant

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VIRGINIA BEACH — A pilot project designed to increase adult learner success by linking local workforce systems with community colleges is coming to Hampton Roads and will be funded by a federal grant.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that Tidewater Community College and Opportunity Inc. will partner and receive $25,000 awarded by the national Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to launch the program.

“Working adults should get every college credit they deserve for the learning and skills they bring to their community college experience, and I’m proud to see Hampton Roads leading this national effort,” McAuliffe said in a release.

Hampton Roads is one of four regions in the United States to receive this grant, according to a news release.

People transitioning from the military, and other adult groups, could benefit from the program, which uses a prior learning assessment to determine if college credit can be awarded based on past experience, training and education, according to the release

The assessment activities will focus on industries like automotive and diesel technology, construction, information technology, manufacturing, maritime and logistics and more. These industries highlighted are expected to grow at rates faster than the regional average, increasing the demand for workers, according to the release.

“This partnership with TCC supports our commitment to transitioning veterans into the civilian workforce, and provides an opportunity to develop and leverage the talent unique to Hampton Roads,” said Shawn Avery, CEO of Opportunity Inc.

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