It’s a limited-time offer, and Virginians are wasting no time signing up for a new grants program that would pay for targeted workforce training courses at community colleges across the commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam announced the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) grants on October 30.
The governor allocated $27 million in Federal CARES Act monies for the REV grants, enough to help thousands of Virginians. For most participants, the REV Initiative will mean FREE career training.
Most participants will take their courses in the spring semester, but applicants must be signed-up by close of business December 14.
Public response has been immediate and substantial. As of this morning, almost 70,000 visits had been logged on the VCCS web page that explains the grants program. Almost 16,000 people had signed-up to learn more and possibly apply for the grants and training. (See table below)
“These numbers come as no surprise,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “We know many Virginians have lost their jobs or have had their work hours cut back due the coronavirus’s economic hit. Now, it’s up to us to help them find a path to a better future through our workforce/career training. Time is of the essence, and we’re confident our dedicated people at colleges around Virginia will respond to this challenge.”
Here’s a college-by-college breakdown of the numbers of people who signed up for more information through the vccs.edu web page. This table was updated on Nov. 10.
|College||Continue/start a certificate or degree program||Spend 6-12 weeks training for an industry credential||Grand Total|
|VCCS contact form||318||117||435|
To learn more, visit https://www.vccs.edu/rev/