Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the winners of the first Governor’s Competition for Talent Solutions on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The Botetourt Education Foundation was a winner. The grant is a $200,000 match for the funds already raised for the Botetourt Technical Education Center's new welding lab to be applied toward work force development.
Bob Patterson, chairman of the Botetourt Education Foundation, was effusive in his praise for the efforts of Botetourt school division's Brian Austin, Jim Bradshaw, Altec's Brian Price, Pete McKnight, a local developer and Dr. John Rainone and Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
"These people raised the funds that got the lab started and complete enough to use," Patterson said. "It is one of the finest welding labs in the commonwealth. Del. Terry Austin, Sen. Tim Kaine and Commonwealth Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones were integral in their assistance.
"As chairman, I can say I am fortunate to have such good board members and associates. This grant seemed tailor made to our situation. It required a school system, private industry, a 501(c)3 corporation and a high education facility to work together. We had all of them.
"It speaks well for the future of our welding program, including future work with the American Welding Society and perhaps it will even bring people here on a tourist level."
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