Gateway Academy

The Gateway Academy is an opportunity for eligible residents to gain knowledge in workforce readiness, life skills and vocational training to obtain an industry recognized credential.  The goal is for participants to complete the initial Academy classes which will prepare them for the vocational training experience.  Upon completion of Academy classes, the participant will be eligible to have training fully funded with supportive services.  The vocational training programs offered can lead to obtaining certifications and securing employment in this field.  Participants will receive assistance with their job search and may be placed on volunteer sites to help build their skills, resume and networking.  

  1. Melissa Ross

    Family Services Worker III
    Phone: 757-793-1450

Services Available

May include.....
  • Vocational Training
  • Individualized Case Management
  • Resume Development 
  • Career Assessments & Planning
  • Job Coaching 
  •  Workforce Readiness
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Supportive Services


Must have ability to participate in virtual services (access to phone, email, computer and/or internet)

Must meet eligibility in one of the below categories; 

SNAPET Eligibility 

Norfolk resident receiving SNAP benefits and at least 1 criteria below: 

  • Misdemeanor or felony convictions
  • 18-49 years old with no dependents on SNAP case or exemptions (ABAWDS)
  • Child Support case with TANF debt owed
  • Youth/Young Adult transitioning from foster care between the age of 17-24 yrs old

CARES Project Eligibility 

Norfolk resident and meet both of the criteria noted below; 

  • Low to moderate income
  • Employment impacted by COVID-19 by either furlough, termination, reduction in hours, layoff, etc. 

Available Training Programs

Available trainings may include; 

  • Certified Medical Assistant*
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (must TABE test 9th grade and above)
  • Certified Professional Food Manager (must TABE test 5th grade and above)
  • Commercial Driver's License - Class A (must have a valid driver's license)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification*
  • Pharmacy Technician*
  • Phlebotomy Technician*
  • Medical Billing & Coding* 

*HS Diploma or GED required

Please be advised that some criminal convictions may exclude participation in certain training programs. 

**Eligibility to participate in training programs may require background checks, Driver's License, etc. as established by local training providers. 

Additional Information

For more information about the Gateway Academy, email Melissa Ross  or call at 757-793-1450. You may also complete the screener form and someone will contact you.