April 28, 2021

Students attending Wytheville Community College (WCC) who enroll in high-demand skills training may qualify for the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3)” program. Governor Ralph Northam recently signed “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3)” into law. This key legislation will give low- to middle-income individuals funding to pay for tuition after other financial aid or scholarships are applied.

The G3 program targets key industries for which skilled workers are in demand; these include, healthcare, information systems technology, manufacturing and skilled trades, and public safety. The covered programs of study lead to higher paying jobs for employees and increased tax revenue for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“The G3 program will connect thousands of Virginians with the skills, training, and resources they need to secure jobs in high-demand fields and support themselves and their families—all without being forced to shoulder mountains of student debt,” said Governor Ralph Northam.

Although many WCC students already qualify for financial assistance, the G3 program will fill in the gap for many students in our region to receive a quality tuition-free education. G3 tuition assistance is available to individuals who qualify for in-state tuition, enroll in a minimum of six credit hours within an eligible program, have applied for federal and/or state financial aid, and have family income that is less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (roughly an income of $100,000 for a family of four).

“WCC is fortunate to have a robust offering of training programs to help individuals launch into meaningful careers,” said Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President. “We are thankful for the Governor’s vision to provide much needed financial assistance for students in our region.”

Initial eligibility for the G3 program will be determined through the submission for federal and state financial aid, this includes the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Prospective students are encouraged to visit www.wcc.vccs.edu/g3 for a complete list of eligible programs and to find more information on how to apply for the G3 program, or they may call (276) 223-4758.

 

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