RADFORD — Radford University’s online workforce development program is growing rapidly since its inception just over two years ago — mainly because of public school teachers interested in helping their students.

The Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training program — or IMPACT — has nearly 3,000 participants since it was founded in the fall of 2017. At that time, the cybersecurity element of the three IMPACT elements was the most publicized because of then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push for schools to meet the state’s growing needs for those type of jobs.

However, over the past two years, about 2,800 IMPACT participants have been involved in the Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training arm of the program, or ASSET.


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