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Through the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) campaign, the governor’s office is giving Virginia’s Community Colleges $27 million to help current and future students cover the costs of tuition and fees in fields that will lead to careers in their community.

Virginians who meet the eligibility requirements should contact their local community college. Contact NRCC (see below) for assistance to claim a voucher and enroll in a program that can give you the skills and education you need to succeed in a career in a high-demand field.


  • You are a Virginia citizen.
  • You filed a claim for unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020.


  • You lost your full-time job due to COVID-19 and currently earn less than $15 per hour -OR- you lost a full-time job because COVID-19 caused your employer to close or reduce staffing, and you are now working in a part-time job that pays less than $15 per hour.
  • You are interested in pursuing training or classes in a high-demand area: Early Childhood Education, Health care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Skilled Trades.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Training Voucher?

In April 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Each state received CARES Act funds to address costs related to the public health emergency created by the pandemic, as well as to provide economic support to individuals suffering from unemployment due to COVID-19 business closures. Governor Ralph Northam has made available $27 million of Virginia’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide one-time Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Training Vouchers to Virginians whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Who is eligible?

The signed brief from the Governor’s Office defines eligibility as follows: In order to be eligible for a training voucher as provided by this request, an applicant must have received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or must certify that they are working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 after losing a full-time job due to COVID-19.

Is an individual who works part-time eligible?

Yes, if the individual was laid off from a full-time job due to COVID-19 and is now working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 (DACA students and dual enrollment students are not eligible).

How does an individual prove eligibility?

Individuals must self-certify their eligibility by signing a form attesting that they received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or they were laid off from a full-time job because of COVID-19 and are now working in a low-wage part-time job (additional verification of unemployment with the Virginia Employment Commission may be required).

What does the REV Training Voucher pay for?

For qualifying students, the REV Training Voucher will be pay for tuition and fees for a short-term FastForward workforce program or for one semester of a credit workforce education program offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges.

What training programs are eligible?

An individual may use the REV Training Voucher to enroll in a community college program designed to prepare him or her for work in any one of five essential and high-demand industries: technology/IT; manufacturing and skilled trades; healthcare; early childhood education; and public safety.

Eligible Credit Programs
Associate of Applied Science Degrees
  • Administrative Support Technology
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Engineering Design Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology: Cloud Computing
  • Information Technology: Cyber Security
  • Information Technology: Game Design*
  • Information Technology: Mobile App
  • Information Technology: Network and Technical Support
  • Instrumentation & Control Automation Technology
  • Machine Technology
  • Medical Administrative Support
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal Administrative Support
  • Police Science

*Only available to students currently enrolled in the program.

  • Automotive Analysis & Repair
  • Machine Operations
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Maintenance*
  • Practical Nursing
  • Welding Technology
  • Word Processing

*Only available to students currently enrolled in the program.

Career Studies Certificates
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advanced Manufacturing I
  • Advanced Manufacturing II
  • Advanced Welder
  • Applied Mechatronics
  • Automotive Drivability
  • Basic Machine Tool Operations
  • Child Development
  • Child Development: Infant & Toddler
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Cyber Security
  • Cybersecurity & Networking Foundations I
  • Cybersecurity & Networking Foundations II
  • Digital Design
  • Electricity
  • Engineering Design Fundamentals I
  • Engineering Design Fundamentals II
  • Engineering Design Technology
  • Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals of Welding
  • Industrial Maintenance I
  • Industrial Maintenance II
  • Information Technology Foundations
  • Information Technology Mobile Apps
  • Information Technology Network
  • Information Technology Software Design
  • Machine Operations
  • Machine Technology Fundamentals I
  • Machine Technology Fundamentals II
  • Mechatronics Fundamentals
  • Medical Coding Foundations I
  • Medical Coding Foundations II
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Practical Electrical Energy Technician I
  • Practical Electrical Energy Technician II
  • Practical Electrical Technician I
  • Practical Electrical Technician II
  • Practical Electronics Technician I
  • Practical Electronics Technician II
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Eligible Non-credit Programs(short-term training)
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • EKG Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt

How much does the Training Voucher pay?

  • Up to $1,500 toward the cost of the tuition and fees for enrollment in a short-term FastForward workforce program.
  • Up to $1,500 toward the cost of tuition and fees for part-time enrollment (11 semester hours or less) in a credit workforce education program.
  • Up to $3,000 toward the cost of tuition and fees for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) in a credit workforce education program.

Please note that funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Does acceptance of a Training Voucher impact my unemployment benefits?

No, acceptance of the Training Voucher is a benefit that does not impact an individual’s unemployment benefits. The voucher is not considered income.

Is there a deadline for enrollment?

Yes. Funding for the REV Training Voucher is available on a first-come, first-serve basis through 2021.

Is REV Training Voucher available to students currently enrolled in a community college?

Yes, an eligible student who is currently enrolled may receive a Training Voucher for enrollment in classes that begin on or after October 29, 2020 and conclude by the end of fall semester 2021.

Can an individual receive more than one REV Training Voucher?

No; these are one-time vouchers.

Next steps

If you meet the requirements above, then you’re on your way to getting your next semester or career training paid for. To take advantage of this one-time-only opportunity, follow these four steps.

  1. Contact a member of the REV team at NRCC today (or complete the form below to be contacted by a team member directly).
    Contact Information:
    Email: rev@nr.edu
    Phone: (540)674-3738
  2. Click to certify that you’re eligible to receive an REV voucher.
    This form requires signing into your VCCS Gmail account to proceed. If you are signed into a personal Gmail account, this may interfere with the process. To ensure the correct account is logged in, please perform the following steps. (Note: These steps were written with Desktop and/or Laptop computers in mind.)
    1. Right-click on the link to certify that you're eligible, and select the option to open it in a new Private (Firefox), InPrivate (Edge), or Incognito (Chrome) Window.
    2. This will present you with a Google sign-in page. Enter your VCCS email address (Eg: abc123@email.vccs.edu)
    3. Google will recognize this as a VCCS account and will redirect you to the VCCS My Accounts sign-in. Enter your VCCS username and password here.
    4. After these steps, you will arrive at the form itself. Please verify that the email address specified at the bottom of the first page is your VCCS email before continuing.
  3. Plan your courses with a member of the NRCC REV team and determine your REV funding.
    • If you choose short-term workforce training, you’ll receive up to a $1,500 voucher applied to your student account.
    • If you choose classes for a career studies certificate or an associate degree, you’ll receive up to $1,500 for part-time or up to $3,000 for full-time – both applied directly to your student account.

This is a one-time funding effort to help Virginians recover from job loss and underemployment due to COVID-19. Take advantage of these dollars soon because funding expires in 2021. Connect with NRCC to start the process.

To have a member of the NRCC REV team contact you directly, please complete this form:

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