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Continuing Education

BRCC Continuing Education Workforce Training Financial Assistance Information

Unlike students pursuing college degrees and diplomas, Continuing Education workforce students take courses that do not offer college credit, and are not eligible for federal financial aid.  However, several options do exist to help cover the cost of short-term career-focused training.  Among them:

Sallie Mae Student Loans

You will need the following information (for yourself AND your cosigner, if applicable) when you apply for a loan:

  • Permanent address and current address, if applicable; along with previous address information if you've lived at your permanent address less than one year.
  • Social Security numbers for student and cosigner, if applicable.
  • School information*, including GPA and academic period of enrollment (dates the class is running. For example: Sept 24, 2014-Jan 16, 2015).
  • Loan amount requested, as well as other financial aid you expect to receive.
  • Employment information.
  • Financial information, including monthly mortgage or rent payments.
  • Name and contact information for two personal contacts (not required for cosigners).

After you complete your application, Sallie Mae will send an email to you stating that your portion of the loan application is finished and it is now working with BRCC to finalize your loan application.  AT THIS TIME, YOU MUST CONTACT BRCC CONTINUING EDUCATION TO CONFIRM THE LOAN FINALIZATION AND REGISTER FOR YOUR CLASS(ES).  YOUR REGISTRATION AND LOAN WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL THIS STEP IS COMPLETE.  After everything has been finalized, Sallie Mae will send approved funds directly to Blue Ridge Community College on the date you requested on your loan application.

*School Information
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA   (School Code 006819-98)

Frequently Asked Questions about Sallie Mae Loans

Q. What courses/programs are eligible for loans? 
A. Workforce Training

Q. How much may I borrow?
A. $1,000 minimum (can be used for a combination of courses)

Q. What’s the application deadline?
A. Secure your financial aid and register for your class as soon as possible.

Q. Where do I register for my classes?
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board

Valley Workforce Centers located throughout the Shenandoah Valley have implemented the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for workers who are either unemployed or working in low-wage jobs to acquire additional skills.

To access WIA services, please follow the steps below:

  • Register on Virginia Employment Commission and post your resume and work history.
  • Contact your local Valley Workforce Center (see below).
  • Sign up to attend a WIA Orientation on Tuesday OR Thursday at 9 am OR 1 pm
  • Bring the following eligibility documents to the WIA Orientation:
    • Citizenship – birth certificate or driver’s license
    • Income – paystubs or unemployment records
    • Selective Service – for males born after 1959
    • Employment Status – lay-off letter or unemployment documentation
  • Make an appointment at orientation to meet with a Career Coach and develop your Individualized Employment Plan

Valley Workforce Centers

Staunton   

1600 N. Coalter Street, #302 
Staunton, VA 24401  
540-887-9895   

Harrisonburg

1909A East Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-434-2513

Frequently Asked Questions about WIA Financial Assistance

Q. What course/program do I have to take to be eligible? 
A. Workforce Training

Q. How much money can I be given? 
A. Up to $7,500, with the option of an additional $3,000 for out-of-pocket expenses.

Q. What’s the application deadline? 
A. Since the enrollment process varies in length, we suggest contacting your local Valley  
     Workforce Center as soon as possible.

Q. Where do I register for my class(es)? 
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)

BRCC Continuing Education Workforce Training Scholarship

The Blue Ridge Community College Education Foundation is providing scholarship funding for BRCC Continuing Education workforce training courses that begin July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  To apply for the scholarship, please call 540/453-2215 or email us to request an application.

Frequently Asked Questions about Workforce Training Scholarship

Q. What course/program do I have to take to be eligible? 
A. Eligible courses are listed on the scholarship application

Q. How much money can I be given? 
A. Maximum award amounts are listed on the scholarship application

Q. What’s the application deadline? 
A. At least two weeks prior to the start date of the course

Q. Where do I register for my class(es)? 
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)