VA Community Colleges, Businesses Partner to Get Virginians Back to Work

The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) announced Monday a program that will provide stipends for unemployed Virginians to attend community college programs in an effort to find new industry jobs and overcome coronavirus-related economic hardships.

“We have people who need work and companies who need employees, so Virginia’s community colleges and employers are coming together to help,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “If you choose a high-demand field, our community colleges will train you and then Virginia Ready will help you find a job and give you a $1,000 achievement award. This is one more way that Virginia is demonstrating that helping workers also helps business and our economy.”

VA Ready and its 20 Virginia business partners will provide $1,000 incentives for motivated, out-of-work Virginians to reskill for high-demand jobs by attending short-term community college programs. Participants would also be offered the opportunity to interview with participating Virginia companies.

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