The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce recently donated proceeds from its 4th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament to support workforce training programs at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC).
“The golf tournament has been one of the most successful programs the Chamber has implemented. It is our pleasure to use that money to benefit workforce development in our community,” said Nookie Green, owner of Distinct Impressions in downtown South Boston, and five-year chairman of the Chamber’s golf tournament committee.
Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens, Chief Workforce Development Officer, accepted the Chamber’s donation on behalf of the SVHEC. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the Chamber and its members in our training efforts. The donation will benefit participants in our workforce training programs that include Work Ready Foundations, Welding, IT Academy, and Mechatronics,” Simon-Owens stated.
SVHEC workforce training programs provide short-term (less than a year), hands-on training that leads to industry recognized certifications. Because of these programs, 173 skilled workers were added to the regional economy in fiscal year 2017.
“SVHEC training programs positively impact our local economy and we’re proud of our program outcomes to date that includes an 89% completion rate and 87% employment placement rate,” Simon-Owens said.
For more information about hands-on training at the SVHEC visit www.svhec.org/workforce or call 434-572-5473.