Virginia Ready

Retraining Virginia's Unemployed to Get Back to Work Virginia Ready logo

VA Ready 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.

Download the Eligibility Checklist


You are eligible for VA Ready if any of the following applies: 

  • Unemployed due to COVID-19.
  • Eligible for FANTIC or, if not applying for this, current earnings are at or below 200% of the poverty guidelines included below in blue font.
  • Currently earning less than $15 hourly and working less than 30 hours weekly on a consistent basis.
  • Currently earning less than $15 hourly and unable to access employer benefits for medical coverage and/or paid time off.

VA Ready is open to motivated, Virginians whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic (COVID-19) and who enroll in one of the VA Ready approved credential courses within the FastForward program at one of Virginia’s community colleges or with one of our other Education Partners.

Employment disruption is defined as someone having their employment circumstances change as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, this could include being laid-off, furloughed or now without steady,full-time work. It might include someone working more than one part-time job to make ends meet.

**Eligible Programs: 

Computer & Cyber: 

CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+


Medical Assistant
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Medication Aide
Phlebotomy Technician
Pharmacy Technician
EKG Technician

Trades & Others

Electrical and Electrical Systems
CDL License A


















**This list is subject to change. No other programs are part of this initiative at this time.


  • See eligibility requirements above. 
  • Applicant must sign up at

When do students receive the award?

The student will receive the $1,000 Credential Achievement Award after the student provides evidence they have completed the credential to the associated VCCS college and at

Will students be taxed on the $1,000?

It depends on the student's income. Please consult the Virginia Income Website and a tax advisor.

Other questions?

Visit for more information, or contact Jenny Carter with the Virginia Community College System

The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) is a public charity focused on retraining Virginia’s unemployed for in-demand occupations in high-growth industries. VA Ready brought together over 35 leading companies across Virginia and established a partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the Commonwealth’s existing FastForward Workforce Credential Program.