October 30, 2020

CVCC To Offer REV Tuition Funds to Students and Perspective Students

LYNCHBURG, VA - Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) have announced plans to participate in a new Virginia state government employment initiative titled Re-Employing Virginians or REV.
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia is allocating $30 million of CARES Act Funds to provide one-time Re-Employing Virginians (REV) training vouchers to Virginians whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.
The REV program will be implemented by all 23 Virginia Community Colleges with direction from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) office in Richmond, VA.  CVCC will immediately work to connect eligible students and perspective students with its office of financial aid to secure funding for the spring semester.    
Dr. John Capps, president of CVCC states: “We are excited about this new funding and the pathways it provides for our current students and prospective students.  This pandemic has hurt so many of our Central Virginia families and this free training program for unemployed and under-employed workers is vital to our region.  We look forward to enhanced collaboration with Virginia Career Works – Central Region to train those whose jobs have been effected since August 1st.”
In order to be eligible for a training voucher, an applicant must have received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or must certify that they are working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 after losing a full-time job due to COVID-19.
Any Virginian who has received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020 can qualify for a REV training voucher and use it to enroll in a CVCC Workforce Development program or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.
CVCC’s CTE program areas include:

  • Health Sciences

  • Information Technology

  • Manufacturing Technology

  • Public Safety Programs

Ben Bowman, executive director of Central Virginia Workforce Development Board explains: “Everyone who has lost their job, or lost hours of employment due to covid-19 should take advantage of this funding.  This is a clear opportunity for a person to use CARES Act funding to get a great start on the new year by attending CVCC in the spring semester and  find a purposeful career in critical employment sectors.”
To apply, an individual must self-certify by signing a form attesting that he/she is a Virginian, is unemployed, or is underemployed as defined in the Governor’s Decision Brief. The first step is to fill out the VCCS online form on the CVCC website.
For qualifying students, the REV training voucher will be pay for tuition and fees for a short-term FastForward CVCC Workforce Development program or for one semester of a credit CVCC Workforce Development program.
The REV training voucher can pay:

  • Up to $1,500 toward the cost of the tuition and fees for enrollment in a short-term FastForward CVCC Workforce Development program.

  • Up to $1,500 toward the cost of tuition and fees for part-time enrollment (9 semester hours or less) in a credit CVCC Workforce Development education program.

  • Up to $3,000 toward the cost of tuition and fees for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) in a credit CVCC Workforce Development education program.

The REV Training Voucher Program began on October 29, 2020. Colleges may apply training vouchers to new eligible enrollees in programs/courses that begin on or after October 29.
In addition, an eligible student who is currently enrolled may receive a training voucher for new enrollment in classes that begin on or after October 29, 2020 and conclude by the end of spring semester 2021.
All of the REV funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Those interested can begin the application process on this webpage.
Funding for the REV training vouchers will not be available after December 14, 2020. Therefore, interested individuals should contact CVCC right away in order to meet the enrollment and registration deadline.
Students who don’t qualify for the REV tuition assistance should also be aware of the regular types of financial aid such as FANTIC, Pell, and college scholarships that are available to them through the CVCC Financial Aid office.  That office can be reached at 434.832.7814 during normal business hours.
For more information view the CVCC REV webpage or call the CVCC Workforce Development office at 434.832.7607 or CVCC Student Counseling at 434.832.7800.
COVID-19 Impact on Working Virginians:

  • Over 1.1 million Virginians have filed for unemployment benefits

  • Economists project that Virginia’s labor force participation will not fully recover until 2023

  • Many restaurant and retail jobs are not coming back soon

  • 70% of unemployed people have some college or less

  • 35.5% of initial unemployment claims are Black Virginians, which is higher than the general population of 20%

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