Virginians rush to sign-up for free workforce training at Virginia’s Community Colleges

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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
Blue_Ridge 205 50 255
Central_Virginia 232 84 316
Dabney_S_Lancaster 43 7 50
Danville 142 36 178
Eastern_Shore 47 13 60
Germanna 505 136 641
J.Sargeant_Reynolds 1199 348 1547
John_Tyler 729 205 934
Lord_Fairfax 212 54 266
Mountain_Empire 102 30 132
New_River 163 45 208
Northern_Virginia 3902 901 4803
Patrick_Henry 142 42 184
PaulD_Camp 209 60 269
Piedmont_Virginia 249 62 311
Rappahannock 192 52 244
Southside_Virginia 190 60 250
Southwest_Virginia 75 16 91
Thomas_Nelson 960 328 1288
Tidewater 2110 620 2730
VCCS contact form 318 117 435
Virginia_Highlands 72 20 92
Virginia Western 311 77 388
Wytheville 137 27 164
Grand Total 12446 3390 15836

 

To learn more, visit https://www.vccs.edu/rev/

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