CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A grant will go to help retain college graduates by creating relationships with businesses in the area.

According to a release, the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development received $307,500 from a GO Virginia grant for the Tech Talent project.

Some of the money will help student ambassadors learn what local business leaders need, company culture, and opportunities the ambassadors will promote to other students.

“We have a high-quality developing talent pool that disappears at graduation,” said Melinda Crawford, Partnership Board Chair and Executive Director, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority. “We’ve heard from businesses that they want to tap into that talent and hire students who might want to stay in our region and enjoy our quality of life.”

Specifically, this project is focused on tech positions in various sectors, such as business and financial services, information technology, light manufacturing, and bioscience.

“Many local businesses don’t have the resources to recruit on Grounds,” said Helen Cauthen, Partnership President. “Our student ambassadors will help spread the word that there are excellent career-worthy job opportunities in and around the Charlottesville area.”

Three student interns will be working on this project, determining the best practices to deliver the message of local businesses to other students.

Spreading this information can take place in several manners, such as job fairs or social media.

Other internships are available at this time, at UVA, Piedmont Virginia Community College and Germanna Community College.