Students participating in workforce training have several options for financial assistance. Students are encouraged to submit an application for financial assistance so the Workforce, Economic and Community Development staff can closely examine your needs and attempt to find the most financial assistance as possible to help pay for classes.
Workforce Credential Grant
The Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) helps pay tuition costs for select training programs. Students only pay 1/3 of the total cost. This incentive is available to Virginia residents who meet Virginia domicile requirements for the following programs:
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
- Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
- Medication Aide (RMA)
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA)
- CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
- CISCO Certified Network Associate
- Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
- Electrical Groundsman: Work Zone Flagger
- Certified Production Technician (CPT)
- Siemens Automation Fundamentals Certificate
- Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program Level 1
How it works
The student is responsible for paying the first-third of tuition at the time of registration. Once the student successfully completes the program and earns the credential, the grant pays the remaining two-thirds.
If the student doesn’t complete and pass the program, then the student is responsible for the other two-thirds.
Students who are financially unable to pay the first-third may qualify for other financial assistance as determined by the Workforce, Economic and Community Development staff.
How to apply
- Complete the Workforce Programs Funding Assistance Application.
- Call 276.656.0260 to schedule a personal interview for submission of application and paperwork.
- If approved for funding assistance, the student will be registered in the program by our workforce development staff.
Those 18-59 years old receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) may qualify for the Eleveate/SNAP Grant, which provides training and support for participants interested in starting a new career. In addition to job training, other supportive services are provided including: transportation assistance, eye exams, eyeglasses, job interview clothing, tools, and work uniforms.
The Elevate/SNAP Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and PHCC is one of seven colleges in Virginia receiving it. A two-hour information session is held weekly when students can learn more about the opportunity.
The Elevate/SNAP Grant is part of a study in which students are randomly selected to participate. Aside from attending an information session, students must take a reading assesment. After the evaluation/test, students are randomly selected to participate in the program and receive free career training and additional services. Those not selected are sent to social services to help with outside resources, but they can still receive tuition assistance through other sources.