- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has been awarded $6.9 million in federal grants to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the awarding of the American Apprenticeships Grants Thursday from the U.S. Department of Labor.

McAuliffe’s office says the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board will receive $4 million for a project targeting skilled trades in the advanced manufacturing industry and higher-demand occupations, such as welders and production and industrial maintenance technicians.

The project is expected to build support for the registered apprenticeship journeyman credential, adding 600 new registered apprenticeships in Virginia.

A $2.9 million grant will go to the Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College.

The project will create and expand opportunities for more than 330 workers in information technology and advanced manufacturing.

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