Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In the most recent session of the General Assembly, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) was allocated $2,000,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding* from the Virginia Department of Social Services to provide job training to TANF recipients at Virginia’s Community Colleges.

The goal of the Road to Success in Virginia (RSVP) Initiative is to provide participants necessary training and skill development so that they can earn credentials for employment and become financially stable. RSVP will also contribute to the development of a better trained workforce with the skills and credentials Virginia’s employers need.

In its initial phase, the RSVP initiative will roll out in the following locations:

Richmond/Petersburg metro area
John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Colleges

Lynchburg metro area
Central Virginia Community College

Roanoke metro area
Virginia Western Community College

Blacksburg/Radford metro area
New River Community College

Funds have been allocated for the following activities:

1.  Short-term credential based training

2. Supportive services

3. Work-readiness training

4. Adult basic skills education

5. Subsidized work-experiences with employers

RSVP participants also will have access to a Virginia Adult Career Coach to help assist in progressing through the program and addressing any barriers that may arise. All TANF recipients with emphasis on those currently enrolled in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) program are eligible for the RSVP initiative.

For more information on the RSVP initiative and for information on how to access services please contact:

Alex Berry
Coordinator of Career Pathways Grant Programming
Virginia’s Community Colleges
Workforce Development Services
Arboretum III – 300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 819-1675

*The TANF program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs.'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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