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Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division at PHCC offers funding assistance to career credit students. Financial aid, grants, and scholarships are available to students enrolling in workforce training programs. We are also proud of the partnerships we share with area community service agencies to offer funding assistance for our programs.

Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative provides scholarships to eligible applicants that are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 and enroll in a high-demand workforce education program at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Call 276.656.0260 to enroll today!

To qualify for a REV Training Voucher  an individual must certify that he or she meets one of the following criteria:

  • A Virginian who lost his/her job due to COVID-19 and received state unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or
  • A Virginian who lost a full-time job because COVID-19 caused his/her place of employment to close or reduce staffing, and who is now working in a part-time job that pays less than $15 per hour. (Individuals who resigned from full-time employment to care for sick relatives or stay home with school-age children are not eligible for these training vouchers but may be eligible for other financial assistance.)

VA Ready Initiative: provides registered VA Ready Scholars a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award upon obtaining the final credential in selected training programs in the following sectors: computer and cyber, healthcare and manufacturing/skilled trades (see list of eligible programs below). You must apply prior to or within five (5) calendar days of the class start date
Apply to become a Virginia Ready Scholar!

Funding Sources:

  • FastForward Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) pays 2/3 of the cost of tuition for students enrolled in a workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure (listed below): You pay 1/3 of tuition upon enrollment; the Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 upon successful completion of the class; the final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia when you earn the credential. Click here to review Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) policies.
  • Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) Grant provides need-based tuition assistance for students enrolled in a workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure.
  • PHCC Foundation Scholarships provides tuition assistance for students who do not qualify for financial aid through other sources.
  • Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment (TARE) Grant provides financial assistance for students who are already receiving Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW).  Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be eligible for the SNAP Employment and Training Grant. 
  • Road to Success in Virginia (RSVP) Grant initiative is committed to serving the TANF population and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. This grant opportunity prepares eligible students for employment leading to self-sufficiency and independence from temporary benefits. The program serves as an entry point into Construction and Healthcare career pathways. RSVP students may also be eligible for supportive services, paid work experiences, and tuition assistance while completing a short-term FastForward training program.
  • Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) Grant provides funding for those who have a GED

How do I apply for other funding sources?

  1. If new student, click here to create a career credit student profile.
  2. Complete the Workforce Programs Funding Assistance Application.
  3. Compile the required documentation, as outlined on the application.
  4. Email or call (276) 656-0260 to schedule a personal interview (applicants are required to meet with the FastForward Career Coach).
  5. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis to determine eligibility and approval.
  6. Applicant will be notified of the award decision.
  7. If approved for funding assistance, the student will be enrolled in the program by our workforce development staff.
  8. The student will receive email confirmation when enrolled that will include details about the registered program.

FastForward is short-term training that leads to a nationally recognized industry credential, based on the needs of local employers. Most programs take between 6 and 12 weeks to complete. See "Certificate Programs" to view upcoming program schedules.

FastForward Training Programs:

  • Carpentry, Level 1 – 4
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist 
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant 
  • Certified Nurse Aide 
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician 
  • Certified Production Technician
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate 
  • Commercial Driver's License Tractor Trailer Training 
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills 
  • Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program
  • Heavy Equipment Operator  
  • HVAC, Level 1 - 4 
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Plumbing, Level 1 - 4 
  • Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program Level 1
  • Work Zone Flagger

Workforce Training Programs:

  • Dental Assisting Program w/ Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) Certification
  • HOPE Customer Service
  • HOPE Food Service
  • Veterinary Assistant

Contact Information and Questions:

For general questions, email, call 276.656.0260, or visit our offices in the Frith building.