West Virginia's Community and Technical College Systems offers grants and programs that link companies with colleges. Whether it's customized training, skill enhancements, certificate or associate degree programs, if a company needs education or training to get the right workforce - West Virginia's community and technical colleges are prepared to deliver.
Learn & Earn
Would you like your employees to have on-the-job training while earning their degree?
This program is the leading workforce development, economic development, and educational partnership in the Mountain State. Learn & Earn connects employers with students through colleges, allowing students to take technical courses while gaining paid work experiences. The student pay is shared by the company and the college, and students receive at least $10 per hour to work in the field they are studying in.
- 1-year or 2-year degree programs
- Co-op experience must pay no less than $10/hour
- Employer gains a highly-qualified employee and a future skilled labor pool
- Students earn valuable on-the-job training while attending school
- 50/50 employer & college matching reimbursement
Rapid Response Advance Grant
Are you trying to fill an immediate training need?
This grant is awarded to colleges to partner with industries on projects that address the state's workforce needs - including pre-employment programs, pre-preparation programs, skills upgrades, new and expanding companies, and job retention.
Tech Program Development
Do you need a community and technical college to develop an academic program?
This program supports the creation and development of technical programs that are in high demand, lead to high-wage careers, and enhance economic development efforts across the Mountain State. Eligible programs must target high-demand occupations that will result in wages averaging at least $12 per hour with benefits.
Tech Scholars Program
Do you want to invest in a skilled workforce for West Virginia?
This program provides scholarships to students who enroll in high-demand, applied technology programs.
- 50/50 employer & community college matching contribution
- Must lead to a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Employer benefits by investing in a skilled workforce
- Students gain much-needed financial assistance while attending school
HOW TO APPLY
Download the documents below for your grant. Be sure to provide required support letters for your application. After completing the forms, scan and email to Nancy Ligus, Director of Workforce Development,, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals are reviewed by either the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor and by a committee. Once the review process is complete, the college president is notified of the status of the application.