The Improvement Association Breaks Ground on New Workforce Education Center

Members of The Improvement Association and its Board of Directors recently joined together with local community leaders to commemorate the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the construction of an early childhood education and workforce facility. The ceremony took place at the site of the former Sussex High School on Coppahaunk Avenue in Sussex, Virginia, which was donated to the agency several years ago by Sussex County Board of Supervisors.

Pursuant to The Improvement Association’s mission of empowering people to become self-sufficient, the agency is constructing a 6,500 sq. ft. Workforce/Education Center (WEC) in Sussex County to develop and prepare a ready workforce to meet future labor market demands. The WEC will operate in conjunction with community colleges, the Virginia Employment Commission, and other community partners. According to the executive director, Rufus Tyler, “This unique center will also include an Early Childhood Education initiative which will serve approximately 51 three and four year olds. The center will also house offices, an adult education center, and a commercial kitchen that will provide nutritious meals for the children enrolled in the Head Start program.

“We’ve had many hurdles to overcome,” said Mr. Charlie Caple, Jr., Chairman of The Improvement Association’s Board of Directors, “but we’re trying to be good stewards in our community.” Rufus Tyler, the Association’s Executive Director, stated this project was in the agency’s strategic plan for over 25 years and will assist children and families in reaching their full potential.”

The proposed project is a joint effort between The Improvement Association, BB&T, and various donors who wish to remain anonymous. “This is a great thing for the community,” said Mr. Walter Mason, Mayor of Waverly. This will be a place to hold community meetings and promote community development.”

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