Workforce Training-Mechatronics PhotoThe following programs / organizations have been identified as resources that assist individuals with training expenses associated with SVHEC Workforce Training programs.

1. Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act program (WIOA) – a federally-funded program that provides tuition assistance to those identified as eligible for program. Individuals must meet specific criteria including, but not limited to, low-income, unemployed, dislocated workers, receiving government assistance through social services department etc. WRF is an approved training program.

For more information contact:
Kris Tuck, Employment Specialist (Adults) kristuck@southernvajobs.com or (434) 572-4472
Jessica Penick, Youth Case Manager  jessica.penick@southside.edu

2.  Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) –provides employment and training assistance for individuals with mental health diagnosis or disability and older Virginians.  Primary goal is to advocate for the highest quality of services and secure their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.  Individuals enrolled in this program are at various levels of functioning (i.e. motorcycle accident resulting in minor brain injury that impacts short-term memory or significant mental retardation).  Funding support is generally available for training when other program funds have exhausted due to the stereotype associated with program title, some individuals are extremely high functioning, have attended college and possess certifications/work experience.

For more information contact:
Stephanie Robinson, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor stephanie.robinson@dars.virginia.gov or (434) 575-5547

3. New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Program (NEWCGP) – the SVHEC has been approved to receive tuition assistance through this program. Participants must be enrolled in approved workforce training programs. The individual and/or employer is responsible for paying 1/3 of the total training costs. WRF is an approved training program.

For more information contact:
LaVerne Taylor, Fiscal Technician lavernetaylor@svhec.org or (434) 572-5485