Financial Assistance for Workforce Training Programs

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) 865-5882/ / 600 Butler Farm Rd, Room 1014, Hampton

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. Thomas Nelson 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.  

SNAP - Virginia’s NEW EleVAte SNAP Employment & Training

Recipients of SNAP (food assistance) may qualify for this free program, which provides training and support for participants interested in starting a new career. Training opportunities available in Welding, Medical Office Assistant, Apartment Maintenance, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and Information Technology (IT) and Administration.

Contact: Dr. Val Livingston (757) 825-4065 / 600 Butler Farm Rd Room 1300, 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) 825-3640 / / 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. Thomas Nelson 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, Thomas Nelson will invoice the VA directly for class fees. Books and all other costs are paid from the student’s monthly benefit.

Contact: Veterans Affairs Education Benefits / (75) 7825-2909/ Thomas Nelson, Griffin Hall, Room 212 99 Thomas Nelson Dr. Hampton /

Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation

The Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation, Inc. awards more than 50 annual scholarships, a total of more than $50,000. Awards may be used for tuition, books, exam fees and necessary supplies at Thomas Nelson.

Newport News Rotary

Complete Newport News Rotary application; include established financial need (current Federal Poverty Chart, WIA or On Ramp eligibility). Provide work verification via pay stubs/work history via resume or interview. Age restrictions. Resident of Hampton or Newport News preferred. Funding available for any Workforce Development program.

Peninsula Rotary

Complete Thomas Nelson Scholarship application and enroll in Workforce Development programs that lead to industry certification (excludes A+, Network+, Nurse Aide, Medication Aide, and Fitness Trainer).

York County Volunteer Association

To apply, complete a Thomas Nelson Scholarship application and volunteer at the York County Thrift Shop; at least one shift (4 hours) per semester. To be eligible, students must be a resident of York County or Poquoson for at least 6 months. Funding is available for any Workforce Development program.

Contact: Deshondra C. Lindsey-Johnson (757) 825-3520 / 525 Butler Farm Road, Suite 725, Hampton / scholarships