Initiative supports Virginia-based educational organization, Edtunity, adding to larger STEM and workforce development program funding of over $3 million since 2021
Electrify America today announced a $100,000 investment to support zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology and infrastructure workforce development programs for veterans.
The recipient of the announced investment is Edtunity Institute, Inc. (Edtunity), a minority-owned and veteran-led 501c(3) organization dedicated to continuing education and workforce development for transitioning active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and underserved populations in Virginia. Edtunity is approved to receive GI Bill educational benefits and will partner with The NEXT Education to bring electric vehicle technician training programs to veterans and municipal employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As part of Electrify America’s continuous efforts in ZEV education, the initiative aims to bolster the critically needed EV workforce by providing operations and maintenance vocational training, driving forward the transition to electric transportation.
“Electrify America is committed to supporting the workforce of the future through our investments in STEM education and training which is imperative to the success of the industry,” said Robert Barrosa, president and CEO of Electrify America. “To help move the industry forward, we are enthused to contribute to organizations like Edtunity that are offering skilled and specialized training to service zero-emission vehicle and infrastructure technology.”
This new investment in Edtunity expands on Electrify America’s National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education and Workforce Development Program funding announced in March 2023. Recipient organizations included:
- Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
- Ecology Action
- EV Noire
- Sinclair Community College
- Valley Clean Air Now
These STEM and workforce development programs will build on Electrify America’s previous $1.6 million dollar investment with five community-based organizations announced in March 2023, and another $1.6 million investment in 2021, bringing our total investment to more than $3 million dollars. Key learnings from previous investments shaped this year’s award process, focusing on outcomes, impact and reach.