Workforce Credential Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Workforce Credential Grant?
The New Economy Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) is an initiative for Virginia residents to:
- Create and sustain demand-driven supply of credentialed workers in high-demand occupations
- Expand the affordability of workforce training and credentialing; and
- Increase the interest of current and future Virginians in technically-skilled occupations.
What is a Credential? How will that help me get a job?
Employers want to know that an applicant has the skills to perform the job. A Credential is documentation that you possess skills and abilities as verified by an industry accreditation body. A credential assures an employer you have the required knowledge and ability to perform a specific job(s) rather than having to guess if a job candidate can really do what he/she says they can. Although there are multiple factors employers consider when making job selection decisions, credentials give them the confidence you have the knowledge and skills to perform the job.
Possessing in-demand credentials prepares our workforce for job entry and/or advancement in their profession. Another benefit of possessing a credential is portability. As long as you keep your credential current, the credential belongs to you and moves with you if you change employers, even if you move to another state.
What are High-Demand Occupations?
Virginia has identified current high-demand occupations around the state based on employer feedback, as well as future workforce needs due to employee attrition and new technologies. While some occupations are in need state-wide, other occupations may be unique to specific areas of the state. These occupations either currently have openings or will soon be looking for job candidates.
How do I obtain the training and ultimately the Credential?
Virginia’s Community Colleges have responded by developing credential preparation programs to provide the required training to achieve the industry credential required to enter these high-demand occupations. While learning the skills is critical, without the credential, an employer (current or future) cannot be assured you have the required knowledge and ability. Training, without the credential, does not quantify your ability.
How will the WCG help me afford these credential preparation programs?
The funds* provided by the WCG underwrite the cost of WCG approved programs reducing the cost of the training programs to 1/3 of the full cost. In exchange for the reduced cost, participants are expected to:
- Successfully complete the class by meeting all requirements of the class; and
- Take the associated Credentialing Examination.
What if I can’t afford to pay my portion of the cost?
If student has a financial need and meets the requirements, additional financial assistance (referred to as FANTIC) may be available to pay 90% of the student’s portion of eligible WCG programs. It’s as simple as coming by our office, completing an application, and providing documentation that can establish your financial need. It’s a simple process.
What programs are covered by the WCG at Lord Fairfax Community College?
Fall 2017 CLASSES
- ASCP Phlebotomy Technician Program
- Nurse Aide Program
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- Construction Project Management
- Accelerated Electrical Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs @ Fauquier
- HVAC Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs
- Plumbing Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs
- Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification
- Medical Assistant (CCMA) Certification
- Patient Service Representative Program (PSR)
I may be interested. Where do I begin?
Contact the LFCC Workforce Solutions office at either our Middletown or Fauquier campus by phone or by coming in. We can set up a time to meet with you, review the process, complete the paperwork and register you for a class if you are ready. We also have a Workforce Coach who can assist you if you are unsure of your career path or interest but know you want to enhance your current career or make a change. Let us help you!
- Middletown Campus Workforce Solutions Office
- Corron Community Development Center / Room 103
- Telephone (540) 868-7021
- Fauquier Campus Workforce Solutions Office
- Room 209
- Telephone (540) 351-1524
* Funding for WCG and FANTIC is limited and subject to availability. Approvals are first come, first served. Funding for FANTIC is also limited and will be disbursed on first qualified (submission of all required documentation and approval), first served.