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Lumina Foundation Designates Richmond as Talent Hub

Lumina Foundation has announced Richmond as one of 17 communities across the country designated as a Talent Hub, which comes with a $350,000 grant. Richmond earned this new designation by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain and cultivate talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households.

Bridging Richmond, a cradle-to-career partnership, will lead Richmond’s effort. Virginia Commonwealth University founded the Bridging Richmond partnership in 2009 and has provided an administrative home in the Office of the Provost and Division of Community Engagement since 2012. Jason Smith, Ph.D., executive director for Bridging Richmond, convened United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, John Tyler Community College, Reynolds Community College and VCU to develop Richmond’s Talent Hub application and work plan. The partners will collaborate to accelerate regional credential attainment by establishing data-sharing agreements and implementing targeted interventions to support adults with some postsecondary experience but no credential.

“Educational attainment is an important component of the success of families and individuals in our region,” said James Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and co-chair of Bridging Richmond. “I am excited about the Talent Hub designation and I look forward to working with regional partners to continue this critical work in the years ahead.”

Read the full VCU News article.