Virginia Pathway to Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act; established, report. (HB792)

Introduced By

Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials; Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act. Establishes the Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Program (Program), to be administered by the Virginia Community College System (System). The bill requires the System to approve (i) a plan and funding formula to support capacity building for and development and expansion of noncredit workforce credential programs at comprehensive community colleges that prepare students for in-demand noncredit workforce credentials that are aligned with the knowledge and skill sets that are required for the available occupations in each region, (ii) a plan for providing financial incentives to comprehensive community colleges that demonstrate exceptional performance or improvement in the development and expansion of such noncredit workforce credential programs, and (iii) a plan and timeline for assessing the impact of a pilot set of noncredit workforce credentials on short-term and long-term job attainment and wages. The bill requires the System to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development no later than January 1 of each year with certain data from the previous fiscal year on noncredit workforce credential attainment by students at comprehensive community colleges. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102554D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB792)
02/09/2016Tabled in Commerce and Labor

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB575 and HB1206.