The Community Foundation and Walmart announce $1.25 million for workforce development programs [News, 10.13.11]

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Walmart Foundation have announced $1.25 million in workforce development grants as part of the DC Urban Workforce Development Initiative, a partnership between the foundations and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Five local community-based organizations received awards, which will support programs to provide 2,000 District residents with literacy, customer service, and retail training. (CFNCR, 10/11)

Transgender job training program fast-tracked after attacks (Examiner, 10/12)

HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT/EDUCATION | School officials in Loudoun County want to provide more locally grown produce in their cafeterias, but are finding that farms in the county, which used to produce enough to feed the region, aren’t large enough to provide for the school system at an affordable cost. (WAMU, 10/12)

EDUCATION | WRAG’s Public Education Working Group recently met with Dr. Joshua Starr, the new superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, to hear about his plans for strengthening the county’s schools. (WG Daily, 10/12)

Related: MontCo schools chief concerned about competition (Examiner, 10/12)

– Christian recently caught up with Chris Shearer, the former associate executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and former WRAG board member. Chris, now a program officer in the education program at the Hewlett Foundation, reflected on what he learned from his time in the WRAG community. (WG Daily, 10/12)

Washington AIDS Partnership is now on Twitter! Follow them at @WASHAIDS.

GIVE TO THE MAX | Nonprofits: If you can’t make it to the online fundraising training for Give to the Max Day tomorrow, you can stream it online at 9 am here.

– Rebekah