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Free Training in High-Demand Fields for the Region’s Unemployed

Free Training in High-Demand Fields for the Region’s Unemployed

In an effort to support Virginians affected economically by COVID-19, Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new CARES Act-funded $30 million initiative. The program, called Re-Employ Virginians, will provide free workforce and certification training for Virginians who are now unemployed and under-employed as a result of COVID-19. Virginia residents receiving unemployment insurance on August 1st or after, or who lost a job or work hours due to the pandemic, may be eligible for free occupational training in health care, trades, manufacturing, and IT career fields.

At CCWA, individuals interested in the following certification training programs can receive vouchers and grants to participate in upcoming fast-track programs that lead to high-demand careers in the Greater Richmond region.

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Coding & Billing Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills
  • Electrical – Level 1
  • HVAC – Level 1
  • Heavy Equipment Operations – Level 1
  • Manufacturing Specialist (MS)
  • Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1)
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • VDOT Central Mix Aggregate Plant
  • VDOT Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control Training and Flagger Certification
  • VDOT Inspector Series:

Bridge Preservation for Inspectors
Documentation & Record Keeping for Inspectors
New Structures and Bridges for Inspectors
Plan Reading for Inspectors
Roadway Construction & Drainage for Inspectors
Site Manager
Structures and Bridges for Inspectors
Surveying for Inspectors

The initiative will also allow qualified individuals to enroll in degree-seeking programs in the region at Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges.

“CCWA and our colleges are proud to help job seekers in the Greater Richmond and Crater regions to rapidly get back to work,” says Elizabeth Creamer, Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment.

“Through the new Re-Employing Virginia program, we can help residents of our region prepare in a matter of weeks for new careers in fields such as healthcare and trades that offer unlimited opportunity for continued education and training, career progression, and personal growth,” she continues. “The new program is a great benefit to those looking for work, and businesses looking for a skilled workforce.”

Participants will have to attest that they are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 and residents of Virginia.  Students must enroll in training programs by December 14, 2020 and complete the training by May 2021. To learn more and register for an upcoming training program, please complete the form below.

Press Release:
Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians (October 30, 2020)


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