The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Economic Mobility grant to Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation for the College’s Network2Work program. The program connects job seekers with the skills and resources they need to become valued employees and helps employers find quality employees, and it is a partnership between PVCC and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Bank of America is working to remove economic barriers for individuals and families in the community by improving access to education and job training,” said Bank of America’s Charlottesville Market Senior Vice President Carolyn E. Rainey. “PVCC’s Network2Work program is exactly the type of initiative that will help accomplish that.”

“Thanks to the generous support provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, we can connect local families with jobs that allow them to reach their potential,” said Ridge Schuyler, PVCC Dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs. “This support will help address the fact that nearly one out of every five families in our region don’t earn enough income to meet their basic needs (like food and housing) and the costs associated with working—childcare and transportation.”

More than 80 percent of Network2Work’s job seekers have found jobs; 60 percent of those jobs pay more than $25,000 annually. To learn more about PVCC’s Network2Work program, visit www.pvcc.edu/network2work.

Through its Economic Mobility for Individuals and Working Families grant program, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation seeks to support individuals and families living in poverty by investing in workforce development and basic needs. The program creates partnerships between Bank of America and nonprofit organizations to help meet the basic needs for families to advance along the economic continuum, provide access to education and job training to lift them out of poverty, and connect them to tools that will help them build better lives. For more information, visit https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/charitable-foundation-funding.html.

The PVCC Educational Foundation was established in 1982 to cultivate and provide financial and in-kind support for the College. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from the business, financial and professional areas in the communities served by the college. It operates to foster the growth, progress and general welfare of PVCC and its programs; contributing toward the acquisition of books, supplies, and equipment or the construction of buildings and facilities; and providing scholarships for students of the college.