The funding, called the ‘G3 grant’ is part of Virginia’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which earmarked $5.1 million for education innovations in Virginia’s community colleges.

The “G3” stands for “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back.” With this grant, PHCC intends to make the path from applicant to graduate more straightforward for students.

“Finding the most intuitive track that works for students is something we are and have been actively doing at PHCC,” says Dr. Greg Hodges, PHCC’s vice president of Academic and Student Success Services. “This grant will come alongside us, support our efforts, and help us better serve our students.”

With this grant, PHCC plans to realign the academic plans for several high-demand programs to allow students to start their program-specific courses earlier and have opportunities to earn FastForward industry credentials along the way. These stackable credentials can provide graduates with a competitive advantage when job hunting and may improve their chances of advancement in their careers.

“Embedding the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized credential into an academic plan…

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