MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — As part of the Road to Success In Virginia Program(RSVP), Patrick & Henry Community College has received $138,271, in hopes to prepare Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) recipients for employment leading to self-sufficiency and independence from temporary benefits.

According to P&HCC — for TANF recipients–, this program will serve as an entry point into pathways and provide opportunities for partners to collaborate and enhance career pathways that support sector strategies.

The program’s design is said to incorporate in-demand, industry-recognized, credential-based training, work readiness development, and coaching to assist TANF recipients in obtaining self-sufficient employment.

Through a partnership with the Virginia Community College System, TANF and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is able to provide funding for the program.

RSVP is designed to improve and develop programs that support the following priorities:

  • increase the attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees in regional demand
  • increase self-sufficiency through stable employment
  • reduce reliance on temporary benefit programs like TANF
  • foster a culture of adult learners using the career pathway model for economic stability

According to P&HCC, as a sub-recipient of RSVP funds, the college will use the funding for the following:

  • Addressing barriers to employment to include career and success coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, digital literacy training, a cohort design, and integrated adult education and basic skill instruction.
  • Post-secondary training that will lead to in-demand credentials, occupational training in regionally high-demand fields which will lead to industry-aligned credentials, and programs of study in credit or noncredit areas
  • Post-training employment and retention, including job searches, preparation, placement activities, financial literacy, soft skills development, work-based experiential learning opportunities, employment retention strategies, and support.

“We’re always excited to receive funding that will help us serve our community, along with our partners, Virginia Career Works – West Piedmont, Henry-Martinsville Department of Social Services, and West Piedmont Regional Adult and Career Education,” said Rhonda Hodges, P&HCC Vice President of Workforce, Economic & Community Development. “Many in our area don’t have the resources and supportive services to attain the education needed for high-paying jobs. These funds will put a better future within reach of so many families in the area. Having a well-trained and educated workforce is crucial to growing our local economy.”