New Economy Workforce Credential Grant: Annual Report FY 2018

From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia:

Contact: Laura Osberger
(804) 786-2323 (office), (804) 387-5191 (mobile)

February 22, 2019

For immediate release

RICHMOND During the 2016 session, the General Assembly and Governor established the New Economy  Workforce Grant. This grant, the first of its kind, provides a pay-for-performance model for funding noncredit workforce training that leads to a credential in a high-demand field. The grant also includes requirements for students to complete training in order to avoid paying additional costs. The grant is offered by community colleges throughout Virginia and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) serves as the grant administrator and reports annually on the progress of the program. Additional information is available through the Code of Virginia. Summary of Findings for FY 2018:

  • Institutions offered training in nine high-demand occupational fields.
  • Collectively, these institutions enrolled 3,760 students. Of those, 3,457 completed training and 2,518 reported a credential attained.
  • The top training programs lead to high-demand jobs as commercial truck drivers, welders, highway construction workers, medical assistants, phlebotomy technicians, certified nurse’s aides, power line workers and machinists. These programs accounted for over 80% of credentials attained.
  • The average student cost of the program was $904. The average state cost per credential attained was $2,004.
  • Training completion rates averaged 92% and credential completion rates averaged 73%.
  • The majority of students tend to be male with an average age of 35 years.
  • A preliminary review of earnings indicates that they increased in all occupational fields with the exception of computer and mathematical for individuals in those programs. In addition, individuals earning less than $20,000 prior to enrollment had the highest increase in earnings.
  • Program demand continues to exceed current funding levels.
  • Given the positive outcomes of the program over the last two years, SCHEV recommended for FY 2020 an additional $4 million in funding for the program and an additional $1 million in need-based financial aid for students enrolled in training.

The full report and all SCHEV reports are available at schev.edu/reports.


The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan: schev.edu/TheVirginiaPlan.

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Chamber News | February 2019

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Gentry Locke is hosting its 2019 Employment Law Symposium next month in Roanoke and Lynchburg. You can learn about this event, Small Business Awards nominations, Legislative Wrap-up and more in our latest newsletter.

Are you interested in promoting your business in this newsletter in 2019? Please contact Starr Anderson at SAnderson@RoanokeChamber.org for more details


Chamber opens nominations for annual Small Business Awards

The Roanoke Regional Chamber and Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center are now accepting nominations for the 33rd  Annual Small Business Awards.

Members of the community are invited to nominate their favorite small businesses and nonprofits in one of the following categories: Business-to-Business Services, Business-to-Consumer Services, Health & Wellness, Residential & Commercial Business Services, Tourism & Hospitality, Micro-Business, Wholesale/Retail, Best New Business, Legacy and Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year.

New for 2019, the Small Business Awards program will recognize the top three finalists in each category. The winner of each for-profit category will go on to compete for the title of 2019 Small Business of the Year. The finalists and winners are selected by a committee of the region’s business and community leaders and industry experts.

In addition, the Chamber will recognize the Small Business Veteran of the Year. This is a person who has made a significant contribution to the local economy through ownership of a small business and has made a difference in the community by promoting a sense of duty and volunteerism.

To nominate an outstanding small business or nonprofit, click here. Chamber membership is not required.


RGC Resources President & CEO to Chair Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber, western Virginia’s largest business organization, has elected its 2019 officers and directors. John D’Orazio, president & CEO of RGC Resources, Inc. has been elected chair. Other officers are: Terry Jamerson, The Roanoke Times, past-chair; Mark Hudzik, Member One Federal Credit Union, chair-elect; Eddie Hunter, First Citizens Bank, vice chair of membership; Matt Pumo, WDBJ7, vice chair of public policy; Susan Still, HomeTown Bank, vice chair of economic development; Chris Wingfield, Brown, Edwards & Company, vice chair of operations/treasurer; Greg Brock, Firefli, vice chair at large; Larry Jackson, Appalachian Power, vice chair at large; Rick James, Adams Construction, vice chair at large; Joyce Waugh, Roanoke Regional Chamber, president and secretary.

New board members are: Husain Alam, Alam Design Group; Chad Brown, SunTrust; Joe D’Angelo, Oak Hall Industries; Shawn Edwards, BB&T; Joe Hoff, Friendship Retirement Community; Stephen Lemon, Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.; Max Wiegard, Gentry Locke.

Continuing to serve on the board are: Steve Arner, Carilion Clinic; Dr. N.L. Bishop, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; Penny Burch, Magic City Motor Corp; Ruth Cassell-Huynh, Family Service of Roanoke Valley; Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership; Dr. Kay Dunkley, Roanoke Higher Education Center; Mike Hamlar, Hamlar Curtis Funeral Home; Dr. Lesa Hanlin, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center; Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, Radford University; Landon Howard, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge; Dr. David Johns, Ferrum College; Dr. Pareena G. Lawrence, Hollins University; Michael Maxey, Roanoke College; Allison McGee, Kroger Mid-Atlantic; Jeff Merritt, Cox; Craig Parrent, Union Bank and Trust; Sean Peters, Tech Squared, Inc.; Matt Pumo, WDBJ7; Dr. Robert Sandel, Virginia Western Community College; Eddie Smith, Marsh & McLennan Agency; Jeff Smith, Voltage Leadership; Chris Stevens, Woods Rogers; Wayne G. Strickland, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission; Dr. Jennifer E. Walker, Balance Wellspace; Tina Workman, Downtown Roanoke, Inc.


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