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2021 Special Session I

Budget Bill - SB1100 (Introduced)

Virginia Community College System

Item 221

Item 221

First Year - FY2021Second Year - FY2022
Higher Education Student Financial Assistance (10800)
     a sum sufficient, estimated at
$121,054,661
$84,283,661
$119,054,661
$125,404,661
Scholarships (10810)FY2021 $121,054,661
$84,283,661
FY2022 $119,054,661
$125,404,661
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2021 $88,607,355
$51,836,355
FY2022 $86,607,355
$86,957,355
Higher Education OperatingFY2021 $32,447,306FY2022 $32,447,306
$38,447,306

Authority: Title 23.1, Chapter 29, Code of Virginia.


A. Out of this appropriation, $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year from the general fund is designated for Tidewater Community College to support an apprenticeship program for Virginia's shipyard workers. All general fund amounts appropriated for this apprenticeship program shall be used to provide scholarships to shipyard workers enrolled in the program. The conditions for receiving a scholarship shall be those conditions described in § 23.1-2912, Code of Virginia.


B.1. Funding in this Item shall be allocated for the Virginia Guarenteed Assistance Program, the Commonwealth Award and need-based student financial assistance for industry-based certifications or related programs that do not qualify for other sources of student financial assistance.


2. Out of this appropriation, $2,000,000 the first year from the general fund is designated for students enrolled in eligible workforce programs at the Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College in partnership with the VA Ready program. This partnership leverages private resources in order to assist Virginians unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to earn credentials in high demand fields.


C. Up to 15 percent of the funding in this item may be used to support Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program eligible students for (1) priority funding who are enrolled in Data Science and Technology, Science and Engineering, Healthcare and Education programs and (2) as a grant for students in innovative internship programs provided that the institutions has at least one private sector partner and the grant is matched equally by the partner with non-state funding and / or the institution from private funds.


D. 1. Out of this appropriation, $34,500,000 each the second year from the general fund is designated for the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back Program (G3 Program). The G3 Program will offer financial assistance to low- and middle-income Virginia residents who are eligible for in-state tuition pursuant to § 23.1, Code of Virginia, and who are enrolled in a program at a Virginia public associate degree-granting institution that leads to an occupation in a high-demand field and that is approved by the Chief Workforce Development Advisor as advised by the Board of Workforce Development or other council established by the General Assembly or the Governor, from such funds as are appropriated. Such high-demand field shall mean a discipline or field in which there is a shortage of skilled workers to fill current job vacancies and anticipated additional job openings.


. The programs covered under the G3 Program by Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes are as follows:


CIP Code

Description

11.0101

Computer and Information Sciences, General

11.0103

Information Technology

11.0201

Computer Programming/ Programmer, General

11.0701

Computer Science

11.0801

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

11.0901

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

11.1001

Network and System Administration/ Administrator

11.1003

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

13.0101

Education, General

13.1013

Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism

13.1501

Teacher Assistant/Aide

15.0000

Engineering and Engineering-Related Fields

15.0101

Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician

15.0201

Civil Engineering Technology/Technician

15.0303

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician

15.0305

Telecommunications Technology/Technician

15.0599

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other

15.0612

Industrial Technology/Technician

15.0613

Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician

15.0699

Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

15.0899

Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

15.0901

Mining Technology/Technician

15.1301

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

15.1302

CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician

15.1303

Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD

15.1401

Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician

15.9999

Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other

19.0707

Family and Community Services

19.0709

Child Care Provider/Assistant

30.0101

Biological and Physical Sciences

41.0101

Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

43.0102

Corrections

43.0103

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

43.0104

Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

43.0106

Forensic Science and Technology

43.0107

Criminal Justice/Police Science

43.0203

Fire Science/Fire-fighting

43.0303

Critical Infrastructure Protection

43.0406

Homeland Security, Other

43.9999

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other

46.0000

Construction Trades

46.0302

Electrician

47.0000

Mechanic and Repair Technologies / Technicians

47.0101

Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

47.0105

Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

47.0201

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician

47.0603

Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician

47.0604

Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

47.0605

Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician

47.0607

Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician

48.0000

Precision Production

48.0501

Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

48.0508

Welding Technology/Welder

48.0599

Precision Metal Working, Other

48.0701

Woodworking, General

51.0601

Dental Assisting/Assistant

51.0602

Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

51.0603

Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician

51.0707

Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

51.0708

Medical Transcription/ Transcriptionist

51.0713

Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

51.0799

Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

51.0801

Medical/Clinical Assistant

51.0803

Occupational Therapist Assistant

51.0805

Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

51.0806

Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant

51.0808

Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

51.0904

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

51.0907

Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

51.0908

Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

51.0909

Surgical Technology/Technologist

51.0910

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician

51.0911

Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

51.0912

Physician Assistant

51.0999

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other

51.1004

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician

51.1005

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

51.1009

Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist

51.1105

Pre-Nursing Studies

51.1501

Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

51.1504

Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling

51.1508

Mental Health Counseling/Counselor

51.1599

Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other

51.1801

Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician

51.2706

Medical Informatics

51.3101

Dietetics/Dietitian

51.3501

Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

51.3801

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

51.3899

Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other

51.3901

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

51.3902

Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide

52.0499

Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other



2. a. The Board of Workforce Development shall keep a list of high-demand fields and related educational programs. The Board of Workforce Development, in consultation with the Virginia Community College System, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Chief Workforce Development Advisor, shall make recommendations to the General Assembly to help determine additions and changes to the high-demand fields for which programs may be offered pursuant to this item.


b. All additions and changes to the eligible high-demand fields for which programs may be offered pursuant to this item shall be approved by the General Assembly prior to implementation.


The Virginia Board of Workforce Development, in consultation with the Virginia Community College System, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the staffs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees, shall make recommendations to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor to help determine additions and changes to the high-demand fields that qualify for financial assistance under the G3 Program. The Chief Workforce Development Advisor will annually update the high demand fields and related educational programs list no later than April 1 of each year.


3. In order to be eligible for financial assistance under this program at a qualified public institution, an applicant shall:


a. Receive a total household income less than or equal to four hundred percent of the Federal Poverty Level;


b. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time or part-time student at an approved institution in an approved program specific to a high-demand field, as specified in paragraph D.1., and shall be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester, or in an eligible non-credit program;


c. Have submitted complete applications for federal and state student financial aid programs for which they may be eligible.


4. In order to remain eligible for financial assistance under this program at an approved institution, a participating student shall:


a. Meet standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintain the required grade point average established by federal Higher Education Act of 1965 Title IV requirements;


b. Demonstrate reasonable progress to complete their specific program of study to earn an associate degree in no more than three years;


c. Not exceed 150 percent of required credits of certificate or degree.


5. a. Payments out of this appropriation shall provide (i) grants up to the amount necessary to pay for the last-dollar cost of the enrolled institution's tuition, mandatory fees, and textbook stipend for eligible students after all other qualified federal and state financial aid,, and (ii) a Student Support Incentive Grant up to $2,250 per year for eligible students who are enrolled full-time and receive full Federal Pell Grants.


b. Each Student Support Incentive Grant shall be distributed to the eligible students in two equal payments, with the first disbursement after the census date for the enrollment period is reached, and the final disbursement at the end of the term of which the students qualified. Students who withdraw or stop attending during the term shall not receive additional payments and shall be subject to repayment of the funds already received. An eligible student may receive up to $900 per semester and up to $450 per Summer Term.


6. a. Funds for marketing and public awareness efforts to increase participation in the program are contained in Item 220 U. of this act.


b. By September 1, 20202021, the governing boards of Virginia's public associate degree-granting institutions shall develop policies and procedures to ensure that program participation does not exceed budget appropriation.


7. a. No later than September 1 of each year, each Virginia public associate degree-granting institution shall submit to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Community College System a report with data from the previous fiscal year on program participation and completion, including data on what high-demand fields are supported by students at each institution.


b. The Council and System shall work collaboratively to compile the data provided by each public associate degree-granting institution and report such data, in aggregate and by institution annually, to the Governor, the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees, the Senate Education and Health Committee, and the House Education Committee. The report must include student enrollment, retention rates between terms and academic years, wage data including median wages prior to enrollment and one year after completion of a credential or degree, wage rates of students who have not enrolled in over a year and did not complete a credential, and a comparison of demand of jobs and completion rates. The report must disaggregate the information above by program of study, college, and student income level at start of program.