Grants aim to help students get high-demand jobs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at helping students get skills for high-demand jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant Program will make certain workforce credential training programs at community colleges cheaper for students.

The grants cover 124 community college training programs .

Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000. If they complete a training program covered by the grants that costs $4,500, they’ll pay just $1,500.

McAuliffe’s office says lawmakers approved funding to provide about 10,000 Virginians with grants over the next two years.

Secretary of Education Dietra Trent says the program will be a “game changer” for Virginia.

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