Student Tuition Assistance provided by New Workforce Credentials Grant

Student Tuition Assistance provided by New Workforce Credentials Grant

SWCC Students Benefit from New Workforce Credentials Grant

Southwest Virginia Community College students will benefit from tuition assistance with the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant. Through this grant, under the funding formula approved by the Virginia General Assembly last session, a student would pay $1,500, for example, for a training program that normally costs $4,500, with the grant covering the remaining $3,000. One hundred and twenty-four training programs were identified for funding through the grant to help workers obtain credentials for jobs in “middle-skill” occupations. Grant assistance is based upon availability of funds. For qualified students, other financial aid is available to help pay for the students’ share of the cost of the program.

“This grant may well increase enrollment at the college, but most importantly, it will provide financial assistance to students who attend the identified programs,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC. He continued, “This grant provides another opportunity for the people of our region to earn their way to the middle class. It will also create a positive impact on our region’s economy by assisting in providing a well-trained and available workforce.”

James Dye, dean of the Business, Engineering, & Industrial Technology division at SWCC, agrees, “This program will provide area residents with a low-cost opportunity to obtain a credential that could lead to a high-demand, high-wage job.”

The programs available vary amongst the Commonwealth’s community colleges.

See the Workforce Credentials Financial Assistance page for a list of currently qualifying program at SWCC.

“SWCC stands ready to assist individuals in completing short term training leading to credentials which positions them to compete for high-wage, high-demand jobs.  SWCC has a proven track record with “fast track” training programs,” said Dr. Barbara Fuller, vice president of Academic and Student Services.

To qualify for the grant, a student must be a Virginia resident. Other than specific physical capabilities related to an occupation, there are no prerequisites for enrollment.

For those who would like to find out more, contact the college’s Admissions Office at 276.964.7238, or