Scott: CARES Act to Provide $3.3 Million in Worker Training Grants to Virginia Community Colleges

April 20, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement that Virginia’s community college system will receive $3.3 million in grant funding to support workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. It provides states a total of $345 million in Dislocated Worker Grants to workers develop new skills and connect with hiring employers.  

The DOL announced $131 million in total Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) will be available to states immediately to provide career navigation services, access to online skills training, and layoff support. The $3.3 million will be provided directly to the Virginia Community College System.

“The CARES Act provides critical emergency funding to help Virginia’s workers and families cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Scott. “Thanks to the governor’s prompt application for these funds, I am pleased that the Virginia Community College System will receive $3.3 million in financial support for dislocated workers in the Commonwealth. These funds will help in responding to this pandemic by providing the training and services needed to meet the workforce needs in Virginia during the COVID-19 national emergency, especially for health care workers. This funding is an important first step, but in the coming weeks, Virginia state and local workforce systems will need more resources to help get people access to training and employment opportunities when the economy reopens.”

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