The deadline for unemployed and underemployed Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to claim up to $3,000 in tuition funding through Governor Ralph Northam’s Re-Employing Virginians (REV) is Dec. 14, 2020. Virginia Western Community College is encouraging individuals to immediately RSVP for REV to find out if they are eligible for training in a high-demand career field. To see if you are eligible and schedule to meet an enrollment specialist, visit: https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/rev/.
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The REV initiative will provide scholarships to eligible individuals to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety, and early childhood education. Virginia Western is allocating REV funds to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis.
“This is truly a golden opportunity for people in our community who have lost work due to the coronavirus to get the training they need to start a new career,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “We want to help as many of our neighbors as we can so that our region can come out of this crisis poised to succeed.”
Virginia Western offers a wide variety of programs that are eligible for REV scholarships across subject areas such as Building & Trades, Health Professions, Information Technology, Mechatronics & Manufacturing, Public Service and Science. The initiative will provide one-time REV scholarships of $3,000 to register in a qualifying full-time degree program and $1,500 to register part-time or in quicker, career training courses.
“Virginians who have been furloughed, had hours reduced, or lost a job because of the pandemic are struggling and wondering what the future holds,” said Governor Northam. “Investing in programs that help people develop skills in high-demand fields is a win for workers, employers, and our economy. As we focus on recovering from the impacts of the global pandemic, the new REV initiative will give Virginians the resources they need to get back on their feet and help ensure that our Commonwealth emerges from this public health crisis even stronger than we were before.”
“If you have lost your job, or seen a reduction in your hours and paycheck, Virginia’s community colleges want to help you,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “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.” Interested individuals should contact Virginia Western as soon as possible to apply before the Dec. 14, 2020 enrollment deadline. To find out more information and apply, visit: https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/rev/.