WDC is Helping Alexandria's Job Seekers and Workers Access Two New Training, Credential Programs

Page updated on Nov 16, 2020 at 3:09 PM

WDC is Helping Alexandria's Job Seekers and Workers Access Two New Training, Credential Programs


WDC LogoNovember 16, 2020--The Workforce Development Center (WDC) is helping Alexandria residents whose employment was disrupted by the pandemic access training through Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia, two new programs to help Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work.

Through Re-Employing Virginians (REV), a new state initiative to help Virginians enroll in a workforce or community college program to pursue training in high demand fields, residents can apply for one-time scholarships of $3,000 to register in qualifying full-time workforce program or $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education.

Applicants must be Virginia residents and: 

  • Filed a claim for unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020.

  • Lost a fulltime job due to COVID-19 and currently earn less than $15 per hour -OR- lost a full-time job because COVID-19 caused an employer to close or reduce staffing, and now working in a part-time job that pays less than $15 per hour.

  • Interested in pursuing training or classes in a high-demand area: Early Childhood Education, Health-care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Skilled Trades.

The enrollment deadline is December 14, 2020. Learn more about the program at Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria

Through FastForward Virginia, a Virginia Ready initiative, residents can receive two-thirds of the cost of tuition for a wide range of credential programs offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges in the healthcare, technology and skilled trades industries. Most programs take 6-12 weeks and are flexible so that students can work while attending. Residents can also earn a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and the opportunity to apply for open positions at the VA Ready Jobs Board.

Residents who want more information or need assistance to apply for either program can call WDC at 703.746.5990 or email wdc@alexandriava.gov

WDC is a trusted resource, providing services and expertise to support job seeker and employer workforce needs in Alexandria. A certified One Stop Center, WDC serves a variety of skill levels, from those with advanced degrees and years of experience to those with limited education and experience. WDC also provides a range of services at no cost to businesses

In July, WDC launched “Strive & Thrive: Helping Alexandria Stay Resilient & Get Back to Work” to support Alexandria’s workforce and employers by offering events, services and training remotely and online, including virtual recruitment events, online job readiness and essential skills workshops, a redesigned job board and informational sessions for employers and job seekers. 

To learn more, visit alexandriava.gov/WorkforceDevelopment. Access more resources at Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers.