(Franklin, VA) – As the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges continues to work toward the expansion of Pell grants for students enrolling in short-term workforce programs, there are local opportunities that can help pay for student training at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility.
“At the workforce center, we see many students who are job seekers,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “We are seeing more and more students who want to learn specific skills in a quality program that will train them for work in a shorter amount of time than it takes to earn an associate’s degree.”
Some of these programs are being taught at the new facility, which is located in the back of The Tidewater News building at 1000 Armory Drive and is adjacent to the football field at the Armory.
Forklift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator, for instance, is a 15-hour, three-day course. The Warehouse and Distribution Foundations course only takes 40 hours or one week, and Certified Logistics Associate or Certified Logistics Technician take four weeks each.
“n one week, a student can complete a Career Readiness Certificate, the Fork lift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck class, OSHA 10 certification, and nine hours of employability/soft skills training,” said Lawhorne.
According to Lawhorne, there are several ways for eligible students to receive funding for the courses, thanks to the shared vision of the localities, area businesses and industries, and donors who recognize that fulfilling the gap of skilled workers for area jobs can help the Commonwealth as a whole.
“Funds have been donated from supporting events, like the LogistX Games and from other partners for student scholarships,” said Lawhorne. “Money is also available from the FastForward Workforce Credentials Grant and through workforce scholarships.” Additionally, approved programs are eligible for 100 percent payment by Hampton Roads Workforce Council and its Virginia Career Works office.
“Students may also apply for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative funding, a state-level campaign that includes PDCCC and is aimed to help students in rural communities transition to higher education,” she said.
Students learn skills hands-on in real life warehouse surroundings that allow them to excel in logistics.
“The skills that the students attain put them in a career-ready position that will fulfill the needs of the supply-chain industry and at the same time, allow them career advancement opportunities and the ability to earn a sustainable wage,” said PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin.
For more information about workforce development programs, email, call 757-569-6050, or visit .
Operating the forklift, Andrew Murrell is a graduate of several of the workforce programs. He works at Cost Plus World Market in Windsor.