Program Objectives are reached through a Competitive Education Grant Program, Workforce Financial Aid and the Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness Program.
The Competitive Education program funds initiatives designed to assist residents of the tobacco region in obtaining levels of education previously not promoted, or available, in the region. The program focuses on ways to increase the education and skill levels of the region’s labor pools, as a method to attract and retain employers. Objectives for this funding are to enhance workforce readiness through support for proven and/or innovative programs, and to focus on “gaps” between education supply and occupational demand with emphasis on post-secondary STEM-H and advanced manufacturing career skills. Requests for FY 19 Competitive Education are due March 14th using the TRRC online application portal. The committee has budgeted $2 million for this sub-program.
Funding for Workforce Financial Aid is made available to Community Colleges, the Higher Education Centers in Southern and Southwest Virginia, along with New College Institute, to serve students residing in the tobacco region, based on the following priorities in order:
- Workforce Credentials – All certifications that can be completed in six (6) months or fewer;
- STEM-H and Advanced Manufacturing applicants who can attain their degree / certificate within one year;
- Stem-H and Advanced Manufacturing applicants who are working towards a degree or certificate, for which completion will require more than one year;
- All other students who might obtain their degree/certificate within one (1) year;
- All other full-time, program-placed students. for which completion will require more than one year.
For students receiving FastForward Workforce Credential funding, the commission will support one-sixth of the cost of the training program and certification, (half of the one-third share the student is responsible for) with the remainder to be covered by FFWC and potentially state FANTIC funds or other sources.
Proposals for Workforce Financial Aid to serve students in the 2019-20 school year are due March 28th. The Commission has allocated $3 million for this program in the current FY2019 budget.
Click here for Guidelines and Call for Proposals for the Workforce Financial Aid Program.
For more information on the Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness program, including information on deadlines and how to apply, please visit the Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness Program website.
March 14th, 2019
Workforce Financial Aid:
March 28th, 2019
2018 – 2019 Workforce Financial Aid