Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is offering free tuition and training for residents whose employment status has been affected by COVID-19. Residents must act by December 14, 2020 to take advantage of this exciting opportunity that is funded through the state’s new Re-employing Virginians (REV) Initiative.
Visit www.rappahannock.edu/REV to learn more, find eligible programs, and sign up for assistance from a College navigator who will walk you through the funding and enrollment process. You can also call RCC FastForward Program Developer Kelly Clifton at 804-758-6794.
The REV Initiative, recently announced by Governor Ralph Northam, is leveraging $27 million in CARES Act funding to provide training vouchers for students pursuing high-demand fields, which at RCC are: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, and Skilled Trades.
The vouchers will pay up to $3,000 for tuition and fees for full-time enrollment in an eligible certificate or degree program or up to $1,500 for tuition and fees for part-time enrollment in an eligible certificate or degree program or for a FastForward short-term credential program.
Individuals wanting to participate in the program will be asked to certify in writing that they received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or that their employment was adversely impacted by COVID-19. For instance, the individual is currently not working outside the home or is working in a low-wage, part-time job.
RCC President. Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy, commented, “I urge residents to visit the RCC REV web page, complete the quick form and they will be assisted by a College navigator.” She noted, “Individuals who resigned from full-time employment to care for sick relatives or stay home with school-age children are not eligible for these REV training vouchers, however they may be eligible for financial assistance through other programs. We want residents facing that situation to also reach out to us.”
If you are a student interested in taking advantage of this voucher, you must enroll by Dec. 14, 2020.
If you qualify, or if you’re unsure if you qualify, you can visit www.rappahannock.edu/REV or call Kelly Clifton at 804-758-6794 to connect with a navigator who can walk you through the process.
Rappahannock Community College is celebrating 50 years of breaking down barriers to education in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Five degrees, six certificates, and 26 career and skills-training programs are offered by RCC, in addition to nearly 40 guaranteed admissions agreements with colleges and universities across the state and region. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy — healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and tradespeople. It’s hard to go through a day without being served by an RCC alum in some way. For more information, visit rappahannock.edu.