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.
REV 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:
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.