2017-3-2

Frances Gay Mountjoy

Frances Gay Mountjoy, 52, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Mountjoy; son, Matt Mountjoy; two grandchildren, Morgan and Colin Mountjoy; her mother, Irene Bass; two brothers, Bubba Gay and Jamie Gay; three sisters, Jean Moss, Marie Lee and Alice Diehm and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Victory Fellowship Church with interment to follow at Round Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, 200 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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The Improvement Association Honors Famous Americans

Zyric Gibbons shared his presentation on Ray Charles during the parent meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Head Start students and their parents were asked to select a “Famous American” and prepare a presentation to be shared during February’s parent meetings. Children and parents throughout the agency’s 15 Head Start centers are participating in the presentations. Alexis Harris and her father Antwuan Harris share a presentation on Kanye West and his daughter North West during the parent meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church while Zyric Gibbons shared his presentation on Ray Charles. Other famous Americans included Barrack Obama, Rosa Parks, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Garret Morgan.

Head Start is now recruiting for the 2017-2018 program year. For more information, contact Shikee Franklin, Head Start Director, or Logan Tatum, Family Service Specialist at 434-634-2490.

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Dominion Invests in Virginia’s Community Colleges to Train Workers for Emerging Solar/Renewables Industries

~Funds support solar/renewable workforce development at seven community colleges~

Richmond, Va. – Virginia’s Community Colleges are creating and expanding training programs for those seeking careers in renewable energy, thanks in part to a grant of $150,000 from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Virginia Power.

The grant to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, or VFCCE, is helping seven community colleges fund new energy labs and equipment, allowing them to offer solar panel technician training and other renewable energy courses. The community colleges benefitting from the initiative are John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Tidewater, Virginia Highlands, Mountain Empire, Southside Virginia and Central Virginia. 

Virginia aspires to be a leader in solar produced power, but needs to bolster its solar workforce to leverage significant investments being made in the sector. Installing and maintaining solar panels for solar farms, residential communities, commercial developments and other structures will require more skilled workers. 

“Virginia can’t afford to miss out on a growing industry like solar energy because our workforce lacks the training and skills to seize the opportunity,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We are delighted to work with Dominion to prepare the next generation of solar workers – another big example of our efforts to meet the needs of Virginia’s business community to help grow the Commonwealth’s economy.” 

Virginia currently ranks 30th in the nation for solar energy production, but many companies, including Dominion Virginia Power, are forging ahead to add solar energy to the grid. Dominion is committed to developing 400 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. It currently has 398 megawatts of large-scale solar facilities (enough to power 95,000 homes) under development or in operation in 12 Virginia localities. In January, the company completed three large-scale solar farms that employed 550 workers during construction. 

“Virginia’s community colleges are uniquely positioned to provide the training for skilled workers in renewable energy fields,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “We are excited to support these initiatives that will help boost job growth in Virginia.”

This workforce development project started in 2016. It will grow in 2017 to expand the curriculum to all community colleges that offer energy programs. The curriculum will also support expansion of energy programs at high schools through dual enrollment and usage of mobile solar labs.

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