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Council to act on workforce-credential grants, cybersecurity scholarships; welcomes two new members

by Elizabeth Liverman | Jul 15, 2016
July 15, 2016
For immediate release
RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will discuss and vote on regulations for the nation’s first pay-for-performance grants for noncredit workforce training at its July 19 meeting.

During the 2016 session the General Assembly passed HB 66, establishing the New Economy Workforce Grant Program. This program, the first of its kind, provides a model for funding noncredit workforce training that leads to a credential in a high-demand field. 

Under regulations set by SCHEV, the program will grant $12.5 million over two years to students who meet in-state residency requirements and attend eligible Virginia institutions. The program includes requirements for students to complete the programs to avoid paying additional costs. 

Council also will review proposed guidelines for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students in cybersecurity programs at nonprofit institutions. Under the proposed policy, students who agree to work at a state agency or institution after graduation could get $20,000 annually for two years. 

In addition, two newly appointed members will join council: Ken Ampy and Thomas G. Slater Jr., both of Richmond. 

Committees will meet in the morning, followed by a meeting of the full council that afternoon at which John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will address the council. Among other business, council members will hear a report on the impact on higher education of the GO Virginia Act and its economic-development initiatives. Council members also will accept nominations and elect officers for the coming term. 

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. A full meeting agenda is available at  

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on higher education issues. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the nation’s best-educated state. 

For more information, contact Greg Weatherford, communications and outreach associate, at (804) 786-2323, (804) 317-3879 (mobile) or

Resources: Bios of Ken Ampy and Thomas G. Slater Jr. are available at Full meeting agenda:
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