At its September 12 meeting, the GO Virginia State Board unanimously approved the Shenandoah Valley Center for Advanced Learning’s (SVCAL) proposal for the Go2Work program. Partnering with local governments and local industry leaders, Go2Work aims to get students ready for high demand jobs in our region, particularly in the manufacturing and transportation sectors.
SVCAL will use GO Virginia funds to add new career education and technical programs for students in industrial maintenance, aviation technology, and heavy equipment as well as to make significant upgrades to its equipment for training high school and adult apprenticeship students in precision machining, welding, and auto and diesel technology.
SVCAL’s campus is in Fishersville and serves the public school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Adult education extends into neighboring counties.
SVCAL is coordinating with Blue Ridge Community College to offer dual enrollment for some programs which means students can get a head start on their careers while still in school and smoothly transition into jobs or advanced training. The program will not only benefit students, but it will also boost the local workforce with highly skilled employees.