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

Eligibility - if any of the following items applies to you you are likely to be eligible for VA Ready

  • 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.

**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.