Financial Assistance for Workforce Training Programs | Virginia Peninsula Community College

Financial Assistance for Workforce Training Programs

FastForward, Credentials for a Career that Matters 

FastForward, formerly known as the Workforce Credentials Grant, may reduce the cost of workforce training programs by two-thirds. Virginia Peninsula offers a number of in-demand industry credential programs that give you the opportunity to pay for one-third of training. Upon successful completion of the program and attainment of the certification the grant will offset the other two-thirds of the cost. Alternative funding streams are available. New FastForward funding will be available July 1, 2018.

Funding through FastForward is limited and available until exhausted.


FANTIC – Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials

Requests for FANTIC for approved programs will be reviewed on a “first-come, first-served” basis to eligible students. Students awarded FANTIC will pay 10% of the first one-third of the tuition cost of approved FastForward programs.  

FastForward Scholarship Application


Peninsula Worklink One-Stop - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development’s Peninsula Worklink offers a comprehensive range of services to address workforce needs, eligibility may apply for certain services. These services are funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Contact: (757) 766-4900 / / 600 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666


Middle College Program

If you are between the ages of 18-24 and need to earn your GED, Middle College is for you! Middle College offers free educational and career training to young adults who did not complete high school. In less than eight weeks, students can earn a GED, enroll in College and begin training for an in-demand career.

Contact: (757) 825-4077 / / 600 Butler Farm Rd, Room 1100, Hampton


Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Virginia DARS

In collaboration with community partners, DARS provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, individuals with disabilities and their families student’s monthly benefit.

Contact: (757) 865-4863 / / 303 Butler Farm Rd, Suite 105, Hampton North Office II



MyCAA is a career development and employment assistance program that helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications and some Associate’s Degrees necessary for in-demand fields and occupations.  Qualified spouses will receive a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000. Assistance is available for eligible spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2.

Contact: (757) 825-3644 / / 535 Butler Farm Road, Suite 725 Hampton


Veterans Affairs (VA)

Active duty service members, veterans, and their qualified dependents may be eligible for VA education benefits. Virginia Peninsula provides services and information to assist students in establishing eligibility for and receipt of VA education benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs determines student eligibility for benefits.

For Workforce Development classes, the VA may pay tuition and fees directly to the College if a student is using Post 9-11 or Veteran Readiness & Employment benefits. Students using Chapter 35 (DEA), Chapter 30 (MGIB-A), and Chapter 1606 (MGIB-S) will receive a monthly stipend from the VA based on enrollment; thus, these students will be required to pay tuition and fees upon enrolling in classes.

Contact: Virginia Peninsula Veteran Services (757) 825-3442 / Virginia Peninsula, Wythe Hall Room 253, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr. Hampton /

Contact: Deshondra C. Lindsey-Johnson (757) 825-3520 / 600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 1100, Hampton / scholarships

Workforce Development Scholarship Opportunities

Virginia Peninsula Community College Workforce Development is dedicated to creating customized programs that successfully develop and enhance the Virginia Peninsula’s workforce; through tailored training for the individual and organizations, small and large.

To apply for a Workforce Development scholarship please review the options below. Please attach additional requested documents to the email once SUBMIT is selected.

For further information regarding the scholarship process, please contact the Educational Foundation, Inc. at 757-825-2719 or

Newport News Shipbuilding is Hiring Deck Electrician trainees

Newport News Shipbuilding is partering with Virginia Peninsula Community College in Hampton, VA, for this career-building program! As a Deck Electrician you will be responsible for the installation, repair, overhaul, and operational testing of the electrical systems aboard our ships.

To be considered for an interview, you must apply in advance at:

Go to Trades/Crafts
Search Jobs & Apply
Search for “Deck Electrician Trainee” by location “Newport News”

We offer competitive pay, health care, paid holidays, paid time off, pension, savings plan options, employee discounts & more!
Starting pay more than $18 per hour!

Must be:

  • At least 18 and a U.S. citizen
  • Able to work ALL assigned shift hours
  • Able to pass a background check, drug screen and physical


  1. Apply for the program at
  2. Complete and pass Work Keys testing.
  3. Interview.
  4. Once accepted, complete VPCC’s enrollment process. Pay a refundable $250 tuition fee.
  5. Attend the two-week program, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  6. Successful? Begin your full-time job at NNS!
  7. Recieve your $250 tuition fee reimbursement from NNS.


The Wyneta and Allan Messick/Bayliss/McKenzie Electricians Endowed Scholarship


  • Complete a Virginia Peninsula Community College Educational Foundation Scholarship Application, including submitting the required essay explaining how they will use the electrical training being provided;
  • Be enrolled in a non-credit, electricians training program/course offered by Virginia Peninsula Community College; and
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by Virginia Peninsula Community College.


Rotary Club of the Newport News Foundation Scholarship

  • Enroll in a Workforce Development Course or Program offered by Virginia Peninsula’s Workforce Development Division for the purpose of enhancing skills to either strengthen a current career pathway or become better prepared for a new career;
  • Complete the required Rotary Club of Newport News Foundation scholarship application;
  • Agree to successfully complete the funded workforce development course(s) or program; and
  • Agree to attend one Rotary Club of Newport News meeting as a guest of his/her sponsor, meet periodically with sponsor, and conduct a final meeting within six (6) months to one (1) year after completion of the course(s) or program to evaluate program success.


York County Volunteer Association (YCVA) Endowed Scholarship for Workforce Students

  • Complete a Virginia Peninsula Community College Educational Foundation Scholarship Application;
  • Be enrolled in any Workforce Development course/training program offered by Virginia Peninsula Community College;
  • Be a current resident of the City of Poquoson or York County and have resided there for at least six (6) months; and
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by Virginia Peninsula Community College.

Additional Requirement(s): Recipients of the York County Volunteer Association Endowed Scholarship for Workforce Students must volunteer at least one (1) day for a minimum of four (4) hours at the Bargain Box, located at 222 Dare Road, Yorktown, VA.