Programs offer financial rewards to Virginia schools, scholarships for college students

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that registration is now open for the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, which aims to support and inspire high school girls across Virginia to explore careers in cybersecurity and computer science.

"As a national leader in the cybersecurity and technology industry it is vital that we encourage Virginia students to take advantage of opportunities to explore cybersecurity and computer science," said Governor Northam. "The 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program provides early experience that positions young women across the Commonwealth to step into valuable roles and careers after college."

The Girls Go CyberStart program is an online game consisting of a series of challenges that put students in the role of a cyber protection agent charged with solving realistic problems and puzzles. It is designed to explore relevant and exciting topics such as cryptography and digital forensics.

SVCC's Machining Skills Certification Program will begin at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia on March 11, 2019 and continue through July 12.

Students will earn 4 NIMS (Metalworking) Credentials and OSHA 10 through this 18-week program. The first 6 weeks are online, follwed by 12 weeks in Machining Lab sessions which meet 5 days a week, 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Tuition is $6,700 and FastForward Credentialsfor a Career that Matters may help pay tuition costsfor qualifying Virginians. Additional scholarships may also be available.

For information, contact Erica Randolph at 434-634-9358 or email

7 of VGA's Counties hold a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA and are part of Central Virginia's Beyond Horizon Corridor testing environment. Virginia was recently in the news for testing of a revolutionary new unmanned flying taxi.

Boeing flying car Unmanned Aerial Sytems testing in VirginiaSEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> said on Wednesday its flying car prototype hovered briefly in the air during an inaugural test flight, a small but significant step as the world's largest planemaker bids to revolutionize urban transportation and parcel delivery services.

Boeing is competing with arch-rival Airbus SE <AIR.PA> and numerous other firms to introduce small self-flying vehicles capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

The investments, fueled by leaps in autonomous technology as much as frustration with road congestion, could change the face of the aerospace industry within the next decade.

~Microsoft investment and expansion will create more than 100 new jobs 

RICHMOND - Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Microsoft Corporation, one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, will inject significant capital investment to expand its enterprise data center in Mecklenburg County. The project is Microsoft's sixth expansion at the facility since 2010 and will allow the company to further enhance its ability to serve customers in the U.S. and across the globe. Virginia successfully competed against multiple states for this significant investment, which will create more than 100 new jobs.

"When Microsoft established its new enterprise data center in 2010, it represented the largest economic investment in southern Virginia history, and we have been thrilled to see the company continue expanding in the Commonwealth ever since," said Governor Northam. "Microsoft's sustained investment in Virginia has created hundreds of new jobs for our citizens and advanced our position as a leader in information technology. We thank Microsoft for its tremendous contribution to the economies of Mecklenburg County and to the Commonwealth as a whole."

The Commonwealth secures BF's top annual honor with a diversified and successful high-tech growth strategy.

photo of flag of Virginia with hand showing OK signVirginia has been named Business Facilities magazine's 2018 State of the Year. "Virginia snared more than $5.5 billion in capital investment for its top two projects, and its top five job-creation efforts netted nearly 28,000 new jobs in a diverse and well-executed growth strategy that has made VA a high-tech force to be reckoned with," said BF Editor-in-Chief Jack Rogers.  View the Jan/Feb 2019 issue's cover article about Virginia.

Rogers noted that VA has been a perennial contender for BF's top honor due to its proximity to Washington DC, making it an attractive location for major corporate headquarters. In recent years, the Commonwealth has invested in fiber-optic networks that have made Northern Virginia the nation's leading data center hub.

"The 21st-century infrastructure that Virginia has meticulously installed will serve as a fertile root system that will nurture a lush forest of high-tech enterprises in the Commonwealth for years to come," Rogers said. "Virginia not only is ready to compete in the emerging high-tech battleground—it shows every intention of dominating the field."

YakAttack, LLC to expand manufacturing facility 

Gov. Northam announces Yak Attack expansionGovernor Ralph Northam today announced that YakAttack, LLC, a leading manufacturer of kayak fishing gear and rigging, will relocate and expand its production facility in Prince Edward County. The company recently acquired technology that will allow for more control over its supply chain and requires additional square footage to house the new processes. YakAttack will move from its existing facility in Nottoway County to a 66,000-square-foot space in Prince Edward County. The project includes an investment of $3.4 million. Virginia successfully competed with South Carolina for this project, which will create 34 new jobs. 

“Virginia’s kayak fishing community has become hooked on YakAttack, a beloved member and integral part of the region’s emerging adventure tourism industry since they arrived in 2009,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “We thank YakAttack for creating 34 new jobs in our Commonwealth and are confident the company will continue to grow and thrive as they chart a new course in Prince Edward County.” 

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