Students participating in workforce training have several options for financial assistance. Students are encouraged to submit an application for financial assistance so the Workforce, Economic, and Community Development staff can closely examine your needs and attempt to find the most financial assistance as possible to help pay for classes.
Those 18-59 years old receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) may qualify for the Eleveate/SNAP Grant, which provides training and support for participants interested in starting a new career. In addition to job training, other supportive services are provided including: transportation assistance, eye exams, eyeglasses, job interview clothing, tools, and work uniforms.
The Elevate/SNAP Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and PHCC is one of seven colleges in Virginia receiving it. A two-hour information session is held weekly when students can learn more about the opportunity.
The Elevate/SNAP Grant is part of a study in which students are randomly selected to participate. Aside from attending an information session, students must take a reading assesment. After the evaluation/test, students are randomly selected to participate in the program and receive free career training and additional services. Those not selected are sent to social services to help with outside resources, but they can still receive tuition assistance through other sources.