Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announces grant award at Hampton University

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education Scott Stump were at Hampton University Friday to announce that the university was one of eight locations to receive grant funding to provide students the opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas.



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The recipients will leverage the expertise and facilities available on college campuses to spur entrepreneurship and foster business development and innovation, as the country starts to recover from COVID-19-related disruptions to education.

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Hampton University received $17,735,349.43. Through Hampton University, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development will establish the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

The center will provide opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs to help grow the recovering economy, such as new education and training opportunities.

Hampton joined California, Hawaii, New York, and other states that will use the

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a group of people that are talking to each other: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, left, elbow-high-five with Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research and Associate Provost Dean, Graduate College, after her visit Hampton University during the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.


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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, left, elbow-high-five with Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research and Associate Provost Dean, Graduate College, after her visit Hampton University during the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the grant in a visit to campus Friday morning. Virginia is one of eight states that won part of over $126 million set aside for workforce programs as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 response.

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The Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will be a partnership between the university, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and Old Dominion University.

“This program is for all kinds of students, of all ages, including and especially

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