New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants; established. (SB1209)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
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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


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103444D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1209)
02/05/2015Rereferred from Education and Health (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2015Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104814D-S1
02/09/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Read second time
02/10/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104814D-S1
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1209S1
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2015Placed on Calendar
02/12/2015Read first time
02/12/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2015Left in Appropriations