Getting Out-of-Work Virginians Back in the Game

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Governor Ralph Northam wants to “REV” the state’s economy and in particular, its workforce, a large portion of which has been left idle by COVID-19.

WelderREV is an acronym for the Re-Employing Virginians Initiative and there’s a lot of money behind the effort. The state’s chief executive has earmarked $27 million in CARES Act funding to provide training vouchers for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic and who enroll in the following programs:

  • IT/Technology
  • manufacturing & skilled trades
  • healthcare
  • early childhood education
  • public safety

Individuals wanting to participate in the program will be asked to certify in writing that they received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020 (Note: applicants don’t have to be newly unemployed on/after August first. Their UI benefits may have begun before August 1.), or that their employment was adversely impacted by COVID-19. For instance, he/she is currently not working outside the home or is working in a low-wage, part-time job.

The REV vouchers will pay up to $1500 for tuition and fees for a FastForward workforce program, up to $1500 for tuition and fees for part-time enrollment in a credit workforce education program or up to $3000 for tuition and fees for full-time enrollment in a credit workforce education program.

Perhaps most importantly, interested students must enroll by Dec. 14, 2020.

You can read the governor’s news release here. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be accessed here.

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