Virginia Program Trains for High-Demand Jobs

MARTINSVILLE–If you want training for a high-demand, well-paying job, Patrick Henry Community College is ready to help.

The college was one of five selected to launch a $2 million initiative to attract young adults in Virginia to high-demand jobs through FastForward training programs.

The effort will link training, career coaching and job placement services to address the historically challenging issue of youth employment, a news release on the Office of the Governor website said. U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that more than 105,000 Virginians between the ages of 18 and 24 are neither working nor attending school. Virginia’s unemployment rate for this age group (12 percent) is nearly four times the rate for the commonwealth as a whole.

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