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PVCC graduates 61 students in Workforce Credentials Grant training program
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)
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Submitted Press Release | Piedmont Virginia Community College | Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:54 a.m.

(Charlottesville, Va.) – Sixty-one students at Piedmont Virginia Community College have graduated from the Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) training program.

The WCG training program is a special, state-funded initiative offered through PVCC’s Workforce Services Division that provides funding for high-demand industry credentials in select programs. Virginia residents accepted into the program are provided reduced tuition costs and are only responsible for paying one-third of the overall tuition for their selected program. The remaining portions are covered by the state; one-third is paid at the start of the class and the remaining third is paid once the student has successfully completed the program. In addition, low-income Virginia residents may also be eligible to apply for Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training that leads to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) and, if accepted, will have 90 percent of their portion paid by the state. 

“The Workforce Credentials Grant recognizes the need for skilled workers,” said Valerie Palamountain, dean of workforce services at PVCC. “The Governor and the General Assembly allocated funds to meet the workforce training needs that keep our region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, competitive. This program opens the door to new employment opportunities for Virginia residents who would not have access to high-level skills training without it.”

2017 PVCC graduates included:

  • Danielle Boston, Tatyana Swift, and Jamie Willoughby, all of Charlottesville, for the certified nurse aid credential.
  • Lincoln Seigler, of Barboursville, and Jules Walker, of Stony Creek, for the certified welder credential.
  • Hunter Herbert, of Manassas, and Sean Roseme, of Manakin Sabot, for the certified welder: pipe welding credential.
  • James Arnold of Batesville; Gerald Allen, Michael Billie, Lakeita Jones, Purna Manger, Zachary Reid, Danny Skinner, and Charlie Stokes, of Charlottesville; Harold Bishop, of Christiansburg; Benjamin Spencer, of Columbia; Reginald Simmons, of Farmville; Steven Dickerson and George Morris, both of Gordonsville; Tamika Lowe-Kobler, of Grottoes; Paulin Makungu, of Harrisonburg; Erwin Flamenco, of Kents Store; Josh Darnell, of Leon; Ricky Duncan, Brittany Morris, and Jacob Ward, all of Louisa; Raphael Howard, of Palmyra; Kelvin Thompkins, of Ruckersville; Erik Vanname, of Scottsville; and Jesse Wyant, of Shipman, for the commercial driver’s license credential.
  • Stephen Ficara, of Stanardsville, for the culinary training credential.
  • Steve Beavers and Jacob Lane, both of Charlottesville; Forrest Voight, of King And Queen Court House; and Brian Huneycutt, of Scottsville, for the driveline/hydraulics credential.
  • Lorena Fuss, of Barboursville; Brittni Pulley, of Broadway; Leslie Baumgardner, Debbie Collins, Melissa Gentry, Kelly Houchens, Micheletti, and U’Niqua Taylor, all of Charlottesville; and Janet Frye, of Louisa, for the pharmacy technician credential.
  • Nikita Jones, of Amelia Courthouse; Scott Hunter, of Barboursville; Ashley Lewis, of Blacksburg; Chris Broomall, Christopher Hall, Brian Mundy; and Robert Koester; all of Charlottesville; David Bowyer, of Collinsville; James Fulcher, of Earlysville; Bill Dunn, of Palmyra; Brian Lee, of Ruckersvillle; Joe Hogue, of Spotsylvania; Ryan Arbour and Billy Arbour, both of Stanardsville; and Richard Trent and Lorna Trent, both of Virginia Beach, for the remote pilot airman credential.

Since the WCG program was implemented at PVCC in 2016, 310 students have completed the program and an additional 425 have already enrolled for future training. To learn more about WCG programs, contact Ashley Robinson at or 434.293.8901, or visit


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