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Oct. 30, 2020 Update - 12:30 p.m.

Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians
Re-Employing Virginians initiative will provide scholarships to enroll in programs in high-demand fields

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 new Re-Employing Virginians (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.

The initiative will provide one-time REV scholarships of $3,000 to register in a qualifying full-time workforce program and $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Local Workforce Development Areas will administer the CARES Act funding for the REV initiative, with $27 million allocated to VCCS for statewide programs and $3 million for the two workforce areas (PDF). Together Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia have experienced nearly 50 percent of all the initial and continuing unemployment claims.

Interested individuals should contact their local community college as soon as possible to apply before the Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 enrollment deadline. 

View information about eligibility criteria and applying for a REV scholarship.

Read the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom.