Retraining Virginia's Unemployed to Get Back to Work
Overview: The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) formed to address the urgent need to get Virginians back to work.
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.
- Anyone who is currently unemployed and eligible to enroll in a FastForward program is qualified to become a VA Ready Scholar.
- The start date for the FastForward training must be on or after August 1, 2020 to ensure all processes are ready for students’ success, including assistance with obtaining employment.
- FastForward eligibility is not based on employment status nor enrollment in the VA Ready Scholar program.
Computer & Cyber:
|Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)|
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.
- Applicant must be unemployed.
- Applicant must agree to VA Ready Scholars Agreement.
- Applicant must register prior to the start date of the FastForward course to ensure eligibility for the program.
- Applicant must sign up at VAReady.org.
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 VAReady.org.
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.
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.