‘Connecting Opportunities’ aims to help students get trained in trade programs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Elizabeth River Crossing have recently teamed up to launch the “Connecting Opportunities” program. 

Through Connecting Opportunities, 30 students per year will receive funding to complete trade programs through Tidewater Community College’s Skilled Trades Academy.

Participants will receive trainings and employment assistance for in-demand construction and maritime trades such as welding, roofing, National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) Core, and more. 

After the trainings are completed, participants will receive assistance with job placement within the maritime and construction industry. 

The program is open to Norfolk and Portsmouth residents:

  • Adults who are members of the ALICE (Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) community
  • Young adults (ages 18-24) who are members of the emerging workforce
  • Veterans and transitioning service members (at least one-third of all spots are reserved for this group)

The deadline to apply is March 10, 2020. For more information, visit the Connecting Opportunities website.