Virginia Goodwill Network Public Policy

Updated: May 11, 2017

Strengthening Virginia’s Workforce Development System

The Virginia Goodwill Network supports the following initiatives:

SB 1539 (Ruff) – Chief Workforce Development Office
The Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program empowers people with disabilities to find a job. Each state dollar leverages almost four federal dollars. Because of state funding limitations the waiting list has grown to 3,000 and only those with the most significant disabilities are being served.

HB 1664 (Greason) – Strengthening Virginia’s Longitudinal Data System
Institutionalizes this nationally recognized program by codifying the oversight to SCHEV. Currently that assignment to SCHEV is only within the budget bill. The bill authorizes SCHEV to publish employment outcome data on workforce education and training programs.

HB 1592 (James) & SB 999 (Ruff) – Articulation of College Credits for Industry Certifications
To encourage Virginians who attain industry certifications to continue their education by requiring the State Board of Community Colleges to develop a policy for awarding college credits for high value certifications that align with academic certifications or degree programs.

Expungement

The Virginia Goodwill Network supports legislation that removes barriers to employment for certain ex-offenders. SB796 responsibly removes a significant impediment to gaining life altering employment:

SB 796 (McDougle)
Allows a person to petition for expungement of convictions and deferred disposition dismissals for marijuana possession, underage alcohol possession, and using a false ID to obtain alcohol when the offense occurred prior to the person’s 21st birthday and five years have elapsed since the date of completion of all terms of sentencing and probation.