|Due to COVID-19 community contingencies, Germanna has revised service hours. Workforce Services will be available Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The college is closed for services on Friday at 12:00 noon. Despite these face-to-face precautions, we’re here for you.
Please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com and we’ll respond promptly. We look forward to working with you as you pursue credential attainment and your continuing education goals. Visit the COVID19 Resources and Updates link from Germanna’s homepage for the latest information.
Q: What is the Workforce department?
A: Germanna’s Center for Workforce and Community Education provides non-credit career training and credential programs and services for individuals seeking career training and advancement as well as for employers or businesses who need training or custom services to grow their staff and business. We work closely with business and industry and offer programs and services including open enrollment classes, customized training classes, apprenticeship programs, consulting services for businesses, pre-employment skills assessments, career coaching for adults, and facility rentals for outside organizations. Programs and services are led by experts in the field and provide quick, convenient and quality solutions to meet the community’s needs.
Q: What is the difference between Workforce noncredit programs and academic degree programs?
A: Workforce noncredit courses are typically short-term classes that are offered to gain skillsets in a specific subject, help students learn a new skill, or help them to upgrade an existing skill or personal interest. Many classes are just one-to-three days in length, to three-to-four months in length. They are practical, “nuts and bolts” type of classes. Examples include A+ Certification, Project Management, Grant Writing, Leadership and Team Building, Clinical Medical Assistant, Industrial Maintenance Technician, and CDL Truck Driver. Credit courses are generally longer, often and bear academic credit leading toward an academic degree or certificate program that would have the potential ability to transfer to four-year institutions. Credit classes may also be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
Q: How do I know whether I should register for a noncredit Workforce class, or pursue an academic college-credit bearing program?
A: If you are clear about your career path, and confident about the next steps toward your educational goal, you may simply decide for yourself, and go ahead and pursue enrollment in the noncredit or credit program that meets your goals. If however, you are unsure, we recommend you contact the college’s Welcome Center for additional guidance on academic programs. You may also call the Center for Workforce at (540) 891-3094 for additional guidance on noncredit classes.
Q: How do I register for Workforce classes, and what forms of payment are accepted?
A: You have several registration and payment options. SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Your Workforce class registration is not complete until your tuition has been paid and processed. (2) Some noncredit Workforce classes require an application process before students are admitted and eligible for registration. (3) Some Workforce classes have prerequisites; see class descriptions for details.
Register ONLINE: Please use our online registration system! Go to the Sign-In page to create your new student profile, or to login if you are a returning student. This page provides you with secure and convenient access and service, 24/7. You’ll set up your own personal online account, accessible anytime. New classes are continually added to the schedule, so you are encouraged to visit the website regularly to view the most updated list of offerings.
Register by MAIL: Send a completed registration form along with appropriate payment to the following address: Germanna Community College, Center for Workforce & Community Education. If mailing your registration and payment to us, ensure enough lead-time so that it may be processes; receipt by GCC at least one week prior to the class date is required. Our mailing address is Fredericksburg Area Campus, 10000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Credit card payments must be done online at germanna.augusoft.net.
Register IN PERSON: 8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday – Friday by coming to the Workforce offices at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania, or the Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. Please bring completed registration form. Full payment is due at time of registration. Credit card payments must be done online at germanna.augusoft.net.
Q: At what location(s) will my classes be held?
A: All classes are coded with their specific site locations. Please refer to the online schedule to view your class location. The location codes are as follows:
Q: What is the Workforce Class Refund Policy?
A: REFUND POLICY FOR NON-CREDIT CLASSES – Once registered for a class, participants have reserved a space that obligates them to pay the advertised tuition/fees. For classroom courses offered by Germanna’s Center for Workforce, students may request course transfers or withdrawals seven or more calendar days prior to the start of class. No refunds, course transfers or withdrawals may be made fewer than seven days prior to the start of class. This policy also applies to same course transfers. Employers who are providing tuition for their employees are also reserving space and are obligated for course tuition/fees. Employee substitutions may be made with prior notification to the Center. Please contact the Center at (540) 891-3012 between the hours of 8:30AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday for any registration changes. *NOTE: Some specialty classes, and those offered through third-party partners may have refund deadlines 14 days or more, prior to class start date.
Q: How do I get my books for my classes?
A: Your class may require a textbook. Check the course description to determine if you need to purchase a book for your class. (some classes include the book). Textbook questions for Fredericksburg, Caroline, or Stafford classes, please call the Fredericksburg bookstore at (540) 891-3002 . Textbook questions for Culpeper classes, please call the Locust Grove bookstore at (540) 423-9129. You may also order books online at www.efollett.com (please allow enough time for delivery). Note: some Workforce classes include books in the cost of tuition; refer to course descriptions for details.
Q: Is there financial aid available for Workforce classes? And what is the process for accessing these funds?
A: Based on availability of funds, state grant funding may be available for VA-domiciled residents, to help offset the tuition cost of FastForward credentialing programs. FastForward training programs provide intensive training and prepare students to obtain industry credentials in high-demand occupations. Examples of FastForward credentials include CDL, A+, Asphalt Technology, and Core Craft Skills and several Apprenticeship classes, among others. The industry credentials earned lead to entry level jobs in the students’ chosen career pathway. For more information about grant funding and credentials, please visit our Financial Assistance page, contact us by phone at (540) 891-3012.
Q: Can Germanna’s Center for Workforce provide a class designed just for my company?
A: Yes. All classes listed in our schedule can be customized and delivered “On-Demand” for your business or organization. You are not limited to classes listed in the current open enrollment schedule; if you do not see a particular topic you need, contact us and we will develop your training course. Our faculty are vetted subject matter experts with significant business experience in their fields. Please call (540) 891-3012 for more information.
Q: Do you offer noncredit career certification programs?
A: Yes. A noncredit career certification is a credential you earn to demonstrate you have attained specific skills or knowledge. Some employers require a certification in order to apply for a job. Many people earn specialty certifications to help them advance in their careers. We offer numerous courses that lead to certifications in health care, IT, business, apprenticeship, and manufacturing and industry. Please check our online schedule.
Q: Do you offer programs for Youth?
A: No. we currently do not offer youth programs. We are continually adding new courses and programs. Please check our online schedule for our most current class offerings.
Q: What is the CRC and how do I obtain that certification?
A: CRC stands for Career Readiness Certificate. If you hold the CRC, you are likely qualified for nearly 70% of all jobs advertised. The CRC tests for: Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy, and Applied Mathematics. Please visit the Virginia Community College CRC information page.
Q: Do you offer online classes?
A: Yes, we offer our own Germanna noncredit courses, many leading to credentials and also offer online classes through our online training partners Ed2Go, ProTrain, and UGotClass.
Q: Do you have an e-newsletter that I can receive, for updates on your programs and services?
A: Yes, sign-up to join our e-news distribution list and never miss a new opportunity.
Q: What is the Inclement Weather Policy? How do I know if my class is cancelled due to bad weather?
A: Please visit the college website at www.germanna.edu in case of inclement weather for the latest updates. You can also call the college’s Fredericksburg switchboard at (540) 891-3000. Students enrolled in courses that meet over an extended period of time may choose sign-up for the “e2campus,” GCC's email and text alert system. Visit Germanna's e2campus online for more information. e2Ccampus registration enables students to receive alerts and text messages on their cell phones. NOTE: When the college is closed due to inclement weather, workforce classes will be automatically cancelled. Also, regardless of college decisions to stay open or to close due to bad weather, students should never jeopardize their safety; if you do not feel safe travelling to class, do not attempt to come to class.
Q: I want to be in an Apprenticeship program. How do I do that?
A: Apprenticeships combine paid, on-the-job training with classroom instruction to prepare individuals for the jobs of the 21st century. We look forward to assisting you. In order to help us prepare for a conversation about the available apprenticeship and credential programs specific to your interests, please complete the student questionnaire and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt we will promptly schedule an appointment with you.
Q: I want to be in a Workforce non-credit Health Care credentialing class, how do I register for those classes?
A: Visit the Healthcare-Professional list of classes available in our online schedule. Please visit our Health Care Admissions page to learn more about the classes available, how to apply, and how you can download the application forms. Please call (540) 891-3095 for additional information.
Q: If I have other questions about Workforce noncredit classes, who do I call for assistance?
A: Please call (540) 891-3012 for additional assistance.
Q: Am I able to use my GI Bill for an apprenticeship?
A: GI Bills can only be used on credit courses, and we do have additional Workforce Financial Assistance funding including FastForward Tuition Assistance and scholarships.
Q: If I drop a class am I eligible for a refund? And how do I do so?
A: Depending on the time frame of your request to drop the class, you may be eligible for a refund.
Q: Do you offer career assistance?
A: Yes, we have staff to help you navigate your career options and plan the best course of action to meet your career goals. We also offer career coaching and job placement services to assist you. Contact us at (540) 891-3012 for more information. You can also visit our Adult Career Center page to learn more.