On-Ramp Grant

What is the On Ramp Program?

The On Ramp Program provides financial assistance (tuition) to Dislocated Workers with the goal of completing an occupational noncredit course, including sequences of courses such as a certificate that can lead to an industry certification, a state licensure or other portable workforce credential as defined by Complete 2021. The program is an effort to successfully transition a dislocated worker back into the workforce through short-term non-credit programs.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Receive Financial Assistance to pay for tuition of a non-credit credential
  • Receive assistance and support from an On Ramp Coordinator
  • Formulate and develop a Career Pathway (Program of Study) for employment
  • Use the Virginia Educational Wizard to identify interests, skills, and work values
  • Information about employment resources and services

A Dislocated Worker as defined by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

1. A dislocated worker is an applicant who has been:

  • Terminated/Laid Off and Eligible for UC and Unlikely to Return – has been terminated or laid off, or who has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment and is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation;

OR

  • has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate to the appropriate entity at a one‐stop center, attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that was not covered under a State unemployment compensation law and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
  • Permanent Closure/Substantial Layoff – has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility or enterprise;
  • General Announcement of Closure – is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days; or for purposes of eligibility to receive services other than training services described in Section 134(d)(4), intensive services described in Section 134(d)(3), or supportive services, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close;
  • Formerly Self‐Employed/Currently Unemployed – was self‐employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the applicant resides or because of natural disasters;

OR

  • Displaced Homemaker – an applicant who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who

(A) has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income;

AND

(B) is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment