RICHMOND, VA - A new agreement between the Virginia Community College System and the Laborers' International Union of North America, or LIUNA, will aim to put residents to work on the Mountain Valley energy project.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline will distribute natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia. The project will need about 2,400 workers in Virginia alone.
The community college system will help find potential workers and will help train them.
This project will be built by union contractors who will be paid a $20 hourly wage, $45 per day per diem, and free family health care.
New hires will be from the college system's schools in Giles County, Craig County, Roanoke County, Montgomery County, Franklin County, and Pittsylvania County. Major areas include Radford, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Rocky Mount, Roanoke, Salem, and Danville.
According to Virginia Western Community College, they do not have a job training program in place at this time, but as information becomes available, it will be posted on their website and social media accounts.