NRCC Receives G3 Grant from VCCS

New River Community College (NRCC) was recently awarded a “G3” grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) totaling $119,918. The “G3” or “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” capacity building grant will help NRCC expand existing programs and develop new pathways needed to successfully prepare students for in-demand career fields. The awarded grant is part of $5.1 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state set-aside funds awarded to community colleges across the Commonwealth.

“The face of education and career training is shifting, and NRCC is committed to developing the next generation of highly skilled workers for our region,” said Dr. Pat Huber. “The pathways that we will be able to cultivate as a result of this grant will help NRCC take one more step toward ensuring that students have the right educational resources to succeed and to meet the needs of employers in New River Valley.”

The grant will be used to develop career pathways in the areas of nursing, advanced manufacturing/industrial maintenance, cyber security/information technology and child development, all in alignment with targeted industry demand.

One of the ways NRCC plans to develop educational pathways is by bridging the gap between traditional credit and non-credit programs. For example, the nurse aide program—a short-term, non-credit program—will be enhanced to provide a pathway for students to transition seamlessly to the credit program in practical nursing, a program that already has an existing bridge to the associate degree nursing program.

The project will also support a joint initiative with Montgomery County Public Schools that will enable high school students to transition to NRCC’s associate degree nursing program by completing the first year of the program in high school.