The Virginia State Legislators have approved a special budget appropriation to assist high school students with college tuition costs in health care related fields.
The funds are a result of the critical shortage in Virginia for qualified health care workers. They are designed to be used by students seeking a career in a health-related occupation as a means of facilitating the time required to earn the degrees or certifications to enter the work force.
Health related programs offered on campus and through the CTE programs at the area high schools are supported through this appropriation.
The funding is designed to provide training in entry level health care employment needs and to support bridging programs that lead into health care degree options offered through Virginia Western Community College.
Funding amounts and availability will be reviewed annually and determined by the state’s budget planning process.
Funds will be dispersed on a “first come – first serve” basis until they are exhausted.
The funds can be used for tuition only. Any related class fees, textbook or other required resources are the responsibility of the student. The funds must be used for credit bearing classes that are part of a defined program of study.
The funds WILL NOT cover the cost for an entire degree but will assist with meeting basic requirements into select programs at VWCC. Students must submit the HB1184 Intent Form indicating the degree pathway and meet the eligibility requirements for the program out lined in the PDF posted below.
Most on-campus classes eligible for the funding will meet in the mornings between 8 – 11 AM so that students can return to their high schools for afternoon classes. Some classes may be offered online.
Students can choose between these programs of study:
- Intro to Dental Hygiene CSC
- Intro to Medical Laboratory Technology CSC
- Intro to Nursing CSC
- Intro to Physical Therapist Assistant CSC
- Intro to Practical Nursing CSC
- Intro to Radiation Oncology CSC
- Intro to Radiography CSC
- Intro to Surgical Technology CSC
- Health Records Coding CSC
- Medical Billing CSC
- Medical Office Specialist CSC
- Human Services Foundations CSC
STEM – Health Emphasis
- Science-Health Sciences Specialization
- IT Cyber Security CSC
- Mechatronics: Technology in Mechatronics CSC
Please refer to this PDF for a list of approved classes for the special appropriation funding.
Dr. Kathryn H. Beard
Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Fishburn Hall F125C
3093 Colonial Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
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