September 26, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Education Grant for Job Training and Placement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced Huntington Junior College has been awarded a federal grant to train and place students in real-time writing careers for captioning services in video programming.        

 “I truly believe that education is the most important investment we can make for the future of our state and our country,” Manchin said. “This grant will provide our students at Huntington Junior College with the experience and skills needed to be competitive in the workforce and will help grow and keep jobs in West Virginia.”

“Federal investments in education and workforce training are essential to our State’s economic future. Our community colleges are demonstrating how the right kind of Federal investments can equip our workforce with skills that open doors to new economic opportunities and better paying jobs,” said Rahall.          

 “The future of West Virginia’s workforce relies on affordable access to training and degree programs at local institutions,” said Rockefeller. “This award for Huntington Junior College will give many West Virginians the opportunity to further their education and prepare for careers in fields with good-paying jobs.”      

Huntington Junior College, which is one of only 50 schools in the nation certified by the National Court Reporting Association, was awarded a $266,175 two-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education, and will use the funding to train and place 20 high school students and 25 adults per year in real-time writing careers.  It also will offer retraining to 80 court reporters in West Virginia.

The U.S. Department of Labor has predicted the growth rate of real-time writer jobs will grow 14 percent between years 2010 and 2020.