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Funds allocated to train Virginia residents in high-demand areas

POLITICS. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam during an event in Arlington, Virginia, in June 2019. Credit: SHAWN THEW / EFE

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced on Friday, October 30, that the state allocated $ 30 million from the CARES Act to help residents whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They will offer job training in fields with high demand.

The new Virginian Reemployment Initiative (REV) will provide scholarships to individuals eligible to enroll in a job training or community college program in five essential industries, including healthcare, information technology, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education. .

“Virginia residents who have been laid off, had their hours cut or lost a job due to the pandemic are struggling and wondering what the future holds,” Northam said.

“Investing in programs that help people develop skills in high-demand fields is a boon for workers, employers, and our economy. As we focus on recovering from the impacts of the global pandemic, REV will provide people with the resources they need to recover and help ensure that our Commonwealth emerges from this public health crisis even stronger than before. “

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The initiative will provide one-time scholarships of $ 3,000 to enroll in a full-time skilled workforce program; and $ 1,500 to enroll part-time or in a short-term non-credit training program.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Local Workforce Development Areas will administer the CARES Act funds for the REV initiative, with $ 27 million allocated to VCCS for state programs and $ 3 million for the two areas of the workforce.

Together, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia have experienced nearly 50% of all initial and ongoing unemployment claims.

“Even with high unemployment rates, many employers are still struggling to find the talent they need in critical sectors,” explained advisor Megan Healy.

Education Secretary Atif Qarni commented: “Increasing educational opportunities for those who have recently lost their jobs will strengthen the Commonwealth workforce, equip Virginians with the credentials they need to return to work, and bring Virginia closer to our objective of being the best educated state by 2030 ”.

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Interested individuals should contact their local community college quickly to submit an application prior to the registration deadline of December 14, 2020.

Information on eligibility criteria and applying for a REV scholarship is available here: They also provided links for residents of Northern Virginia ( and Hampton Roads (

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