$1M in federal funding awarded for ag worker training

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal funding totaling $1 million is being provided for agricultural workforce training in West Virginia.

The funding was announced Tuesday by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

The funds will be split evenly between two projects.

One is a shared use kitchen internship and network project at West Virginia University. The program is intended to strengthen workforce training at Pierpont Community and Technical College and Sprouting Farms’ Greenville Farm Kitchen by providing educational and training opportunities, internships and mentorships, according to a news release from Manchin and Capito.

The other half will go to Eastern Workforce Opportunity Regional Center and Services in Moorefield for its agriculture workforce development program. The project works to develop an agriculture workforce in the Potomac Highlands region through hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities, the release said.