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Home » Education News » Northern Virginia Community College… Northern Virginia Community College gets $1M donation for job training Listen now to WTOP News | Alexa | Google Home | WTOP App | 103.5 FM The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. (Courtesy Northern Virginia Community College) Bank of America has donated $1 million to Northern Virginia Community College for minority job training and education programs. Northern Virginia Community College will use the donation to develop new programs and enhance existing ones aimed at addressing specific skills gaps and target hiring needs at companies in the D.C. area. The Northern Virginia Community College grant is part of $25 million Bank of America had donated to 11 community colleges and 10 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. As part of these partnerships, Bank of America works directly with major employers to ensure the schools’ programs are targeting specific job skill needs. “NOVA is committed to ensuring that every student achieves and every community prospers, and with this investment, we will connect even more students to in-demand workforce pathways that lead to meaningful, sustaining careers, ensuring that the full community is supported with the resources they need to achieve,” said Anne Kress, president of Northern Virginia Community College. Bank of America has provided more than $3 million in job initiative grants to nonprofits in the Washington region this year, most of it to minority organizations or those that serve minorities. Bank of America is among the sponsors of the nonprofit Virginia Ready Initiative , which connects Virginians forced out of work by the pandemic with free access to certification programs at Virginia’s community colleges, in addition to connecting them with employers who have jobs to fill in his comment is here their retrained fields. The Virginia Ready Program already has 500 people enrolled in certification programs throughout the state.

Construction is expected to begin in March and be completed by the end of 2021. Police Chief Eric Peterson said the facility ideally would be near the law enforcement center at 3rd Avenue and Harrison Street. The estimated impact on taxpayers with a home value of $250,000 would be between $22 and $28 per year, depending on whether the city bids for a 20-year or 15-year bond. Lift Bridge, Main will get cheerful lights Stillwater will light up its historic Lift Bridge and Main Street for the holidays, thanks to some last-minute brainstorming and a Hopkins lighting crew. The lights, which will illuminate the bridge’s south face, could be ready as soon as Dec. 5, said Mayor Ted Kozlowski. Hopkins-based Holiday Lighting and Design got the $50,000 contract to light the bridge and Main Street. The mayor said he realized a few weeks ago that 2020 is the year, if ever there was one, to go all out on city decorations as people cope with COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings. “Stillwater is the quintessential winter village,” Kozlowski said. “Let’s decorate this place to the nines!” City taking new look at backyard chickens Prompted by a group of interested residents, the Apple Valley City Council has decided to take another look at its ban on backyard chickens. The council voted this month to have an advisory committee study the issue after residents asked to have chickens, specifically hens, permitted on residential property.

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