MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Days after students across the state found out their courses would end and all campuses of Virginia College would close, there are emergency meetings being planned to offer them help plotting their next move.
The Alabama Career Center System, in cooperation with the Alabama Community College System, AIDT, the Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (SWAPTE), and the Rapid Response Team (part of the Dislocated Worker Unit at the Alabama Department of Commerce) will host emergency information sessions for both students and employees impacted by the sudden closures.
In Alabama, a total of four Virginia College campuses closed, putting more than 1,100 students in a bind.
Four meetings are scheduled, one each in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile.
Degree and training programs are available to students through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including full and partial funding for two and four-year degree programs, vocational and industrial training, and more.
Qualified applicants can participate in these programs at no charge and employees can take advantage of benefits such as mortgage assistance and unemployment insurance, among others, the Alabama Department of Labor said.
“We realize that many students were left without options with this closing,” said Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “There are many programs available and we want to be sure that students know about them. In some cases, they may be able to finish their education at no cost. Affected employees should also attend to find out what services may be available to them.”
The meetings are listed below. Officials say space is limited, so those affected should call to reserve a spot. Visit www.joblink.alabama.gov for more details on each program.