RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An advanced manufacturing research center in Prince George County is getting $280,000 in federal funding.
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is getting the funds through the "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership."
The partnership is through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and Small Business Administration.
The grant will be used to develop a strategy for establishing the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy, a regional training center that will provide hands-on training to prepare workers in Virginia's tobacco region for careers in advanced manufacturing.
The center is a public-private partnership between dozens of industry partners and the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech. Work taking place at the 60,000-square-foot facility addresses challenges in surface engineering and manufacturing systems.
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