Sen. Capito, Manchin announce $1 million for agriculture workforce training in WV

West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,000,000 for workforce training in West Virginia.

These awards are through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and will be awarded for training at Pierpont Community & Technical College, Sprouting Farms’ Greenville Farm Kitchen and the Eastern Workforce Opportunity Regional Center and Services

“West Virginians are some of the hardest working people in the nation, we just need the opportunity to prove ourselves. This funding from NIFA is great news for West Virginia’s food and agricultural workforce and will help support our state’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors. These programs will prepare the workforce of tomorrow by providing hands-on learning experiences, as well as internship and mentorship opportunities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding and resources that allow our workforce to access good-paying jobs here in the Mountain State, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of these projects for years to come.”

Sen. Manchin

Both programs work to provide students with the skills and resources needed to join the workforce and secure industry-accepted credentials.

I’m glad to see these investments from NIFA headed into West Virginia to support our agriculture sector and workforce. Our students in West Virginia have such a great opportunity to engage with agricultural enterprise, and programs like this will give them the foundation they need to get a head start. Increased focus on initiatives like this will not only expand our agricultural workforce, but also strengthen the economy of our rural communities. I look forward to the impact these competitive awards will have in our state.”

Sen. Capito

The individual awards include:

  • $500,000: West Virginia University, Morgantown – Shared Use Kitchen Internship and Network Project — This project aims to strengthen existing workforce training programs at Pierpont Community & Technical College and Sprouting Farms’ Greenville Farm Kitchen by providing educational and training opportunities, internships and mentorships.
  • $500,000: Eastern Workforce Opportunity Regional Center and Services, Moorefield – Strengthening AG Workforce Development in the Potomac Highlands Through Practical Application and Mentorship Project — This project aims to develop an agriculture workforce in the Potomac Highlands region through hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities.

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