BLACKSBURG, Va., April 8, 2011 – Virginia Tech’s two-year focus on training for green jobs helped Nader Rasoul, of Blue Ridge in Botetourt County, get a job. Because of the green jobs grant that Office of Economic Development spearheaded, Rasoul now works part-time for Breakell Incorporated, a Roanoke-based company.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.