Governor challenges Virginia’s Community Colleges to enroll more workforce/career trainees in just six weeks

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On October 30, Governor Ralph Northam announced the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Initiative, which will provide vouchers to offset tuition and fees at our colleges to help Virginians get back on their feet through career/workforce training in targeted careers.

The governor allocated $27 million for the REV grants, enough to help thousands of Virginians. For most participants, the REV Initiative will mean FREE career training.

“If you have lost your job, or seen a reduction in your hours and paycheck, Virginia’s community colleges want to help you,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “The REV initiative offers you another way into the short-term credential and degree programs that prepare you for a high-demand career. These opportunities will be more affordable than ever before thanks to these grants, and we look forward to helping individuals and families who want to move forward, beyond the unexpected challenges posed by the pandemic.”

Most participants will take their courses in the spring semester, but applicants must be signed-up by close of business December 14.

You can read more about the REV grants here. [CB’s blog post]

As with all government programs, there are eligibility requirements. To receive a REV voucher, applicants:
• Must be Virginia residents
• Must have received Virginia Unemployment Benefits (UI) on or after August 1, 2020. (Note: applicants don’t have to be newly-unemployed on or after August first and their UI benefits may have begun before August 1.)
Or…
• Applicants also can qualify if they lost full-time jobs due to COVID-19 and currently earn less than $15 per hour working part-time
• REV vouchers are available to help pay for community college training in targeted career sectors: early childhood education, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing/skilled trades, and public safety
• Applicants must certify on a form that they are eligible to receive REV vouchers
• Applicants must sign up before close of business December 14

The REV Initiative is a one-time, limited-time program, and vouchers will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Potential applicants can learn more, and connect with navigators to sign up at their local community college at: https://www.vccs.edu/rev/

Knowing that some details of this program are still being worked out, VCCS leadership has prepared and is updating a Frequently Asked Questions document for our college faculty and staff.

That INTERNALLY FACING VCCS REV GRANTS FAQ is available here.

We note that there’s a student-facing FAQ at the vccs.edu/rev web page. The Internal document is consistent with the student-facing one, but it also includes implementation details that we think will be useful to our college faculty and staff.

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