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Individual Financial Assistance for Training Programs

Earn a certification with assistance for non-credit workforce training:

Traditionally, student financial aid has only been available to those enrolled in curriculums for academic credit such as career studies certificates or associate degree programs offered at the community colleges. There are several options for funding of non-credit workforce training programs.

Employers in Virginia’s current and emerging economy are unable to fill many jobs due to a lack of qualified candidates with required certifications and licenses. Many of the qualifications for these hard-to-fill jobs can be gained through short-term, non-academic workforce training programs. Some of these programs/licensures include: commercial driver, Virginia teacher licensure, forklift driver certification, manufacturing technician certification, numerous healthcare industry certifications among others.

“This is a tremendous resource for us to be able to help those residents who may have a job and some income but not enough extra to pay for the training that will allow them to take that next step and obtain skills needed to get a better job and start building a career,” said Mac McGinty, Vice President of Community College Workforce Alliance. He added, “This funding helps us serve a segment of the population that has been largely ignored before now. They don’t have to be unemployed to get some assistance.”

The Community College Workforce Alliance, along with several other workforce programs across the state under the umbrella of the Virginia Community College System, is implementing the program to assist students with training.

Certification programs eligible for funding are aligned with recognized shortages in the region where the workforce program is located.  In the Greater Richmond region, these shortages include commercial truck drivers, electricians, welders, certified nursing assistants, plumbers, and HVAC technicians, among many others. Candidates will be required to complete an application process which will determine tuition assistance eligibility based on family income.

In the Greater Richmond region, contact the CCWA at or by phone at 804-523-2292 for more information.