From Germanna Community College:
On Monday, Transurban North America, operator of the 95, 395, and 495 Express Lanes, celebrated the imminent completion of the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension with a $250,000 grant to the Virginia Infrastructure Academy at Germanna Community College.
Joined by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the Virginia Department of Transportation, elected officials, and community members, Transurban presented the contribution that will go toward the Infrastructure Academy’s mission to train military veterans a career in infrastructure.
“We at Transurban are thrilled to be part of delivering the modern infrastructure needed to keep Virginia going—helping maintain our status as a top state for business. But we can’t do it alone,” said Amanda Baxter, Senior Vice President of Virginia Market and Operations, Transurban North America. “Virginia Infrastructure Academy trains the workers we need to design, build, and operate the essential infrastructure that keeps our communities running—connecting military veterans with the jobs of the future. We’re proud to continue the Academy’s mission with a $250,000 grant today.”
In coordinating existing infrastructure training across the Commonwealth, the Infrastructure Academy offers short-term industry training and credentials leading to employment for thousands of Virginians—building long-term career development and overall economic growth. Virginia companies are currently trying to fill more than 260,000 jobs, fueled by record-low unemployment and a shrinking workforce.
“Transurban’s grant will do more than help prepare our students for good jobs that pay well,” Germanna President Janet Gullickson said. “It will also help prime the pump for economic growth for our area and for the state through needed improvements of infrastructure. Germanna is especially interested in its focus on military veterans as that is our shared passion.”
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