Valley Partnership receives $3M for workforce development

The Valley Partnership received a boost to its workforce development efforts.

It scored a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop the local workforce for industrial construction, automotive maintenance, aerospace manufacturing and information and communication technologies.

The $3 million grant is tied to Fort Benning's anticipated growth and its local economic impact.

On Wednesday, Debra Lyons, director at the governor's office of workforce development, presented the Valley Partnership with the check.

The money will be divided among several regional entities over the next three years. This includes several local schools: Columbus Technical College will receive more than $1 million; Chattahoochee Valley Community College will see more than $500,000; and Columbus State University will get more than $35,000. Area high schools will also see a more than $70,000 cut in mini workforce grants.

Read more of this story in Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer.