Workforce development; grants for earning training credentials. (HB1677)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), and Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Grants for earning workforce training credentials; New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants. Establishes a grant program that would pay grants to certain individuals successfully completing a noncredit workforce training program and earning the related credential in a high-demand field. The grant, up to a total of $1,000, would be limited to payment of tuition charged for the training program, the cost of any required textbooks, and the cost of any examination required to earn the credential. Individuals (i) enrolled in a public or private high school and participating in a dual enrollment program or (ii) not enrolled in a public or private middle or high school would be eligible for the grant. The noncredit workforce training program must be provided or sponsored by (i) a Virginia community college, (ii) a private institution certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) that has elected to participate in the grant program, or (iii) the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, New College Institute, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, or Eastern Virginia Medical School. Individuals would apply for grants directly to the school that provided or sponsored the workforce training program. The Virginia Board of Workforce Development would maintain a list of high-demand fields and the related credentials on its website. The amount of grants available each year for the program would be determined by the general appropriation act. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103262D
01/09/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1677)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Education