Presenting SJR 226 to the Gunston Hall Regents
Press Conference on SB675 & 676 with Gov. McAuliffe
Virginia Moving Forward on New VCC
Retiring Members Party at Governor's Mansion
Visiting Marine Corps Base Quantico

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In the ongoing effort to improve Amtrak, VRE and freight service between Fredericksburg and Washington DC, construction will begin this summer on 11 miles of new third mainline track beginning in Stafford County and running through the Quantico Marine Corps Base.


Governor McAuliffe Announces $900,000 in Talent Solutions Grant Competition for Economic Development to help close skills gap in key industry sectors in partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). The VEC & Governor's office will be offering the Commonwealth’s first competitive grants designed to help close the skills gap in key industry sectors of critical importance to the Virginia economy and reward and encourage employer-led talent development solutions. These state grants will be matched by private funds and used to provide job training and develop vital workplace skills for prospective and existing employees. 



The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at William & Mary Law School will begin a partnership next month with Starbucks to aid veterans and service members with their benefits claims process and promote community collaboration. The program, “Military Mondays,” will be piloted in coordination with Starbuck’s Armed Forces Network and launched in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia – home to more than half-a-dozen active military bases, upwards of 100,000 active-duty and reserve personnel and thousands of veterans. Services will begin June 29 at the McLaws Circle Starbucks in Williamsburg, Virginia from 1 to 5 p.m. The program will be free to participants.


Continuing to ensure that Virginia remains the state of choice for military personnel transitioning to civilian life, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services is partnering with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to bring The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) to Virginia. Under a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co, VCTP connects transitioning service members, veterans, and family members to industry-specific education and training programs to facilitate post-military employment, and information about national and state-level opportunities and benefits for veterans and their families. Industry certifications that could be earned through VCTP are PMP, PHR/SPHR, CCNA, Comp TIA and Six Sigma, to name a few.


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