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The investment-based model allows students to participate for free while working to find a job, he said.
Dunton said students who completed the program were hired from Framatome and Banker Steel, among other local employers.
“Everyone wants to see a stronger workforce,” Dunton said. “From the overall structure of a community… the more you reduce the need for services because you are autonomous, you have the economic power, it will strengthen the community. This will attract more businesses. This will allow our businesses to be more successful.
The “well-fortified” program recently launched a GED program and is looking to expand into other locations in Virginia and states, Dunton said.
“A million Virginians need a GED. The statistics alone are mind boggling, ”said Dunton. “The absence of a GED is also a health crisis. ”
Jasmine Gilbert, another student in the program, said she enjoys the centre’s smaller classroom environment and the relationships that form there.
“We help each other,” Gilbert said. “If one person is having a hard time, we all try to participate to make sure everyone is successful in their classes. “
Gilbert, who enjoys cooking and pursues a career as a chef, works evenings in the kitchen at Oakwood Country Club.