ROANOKE Co., Va. (WDBJ7) According to a recent study by Intuit, by the year 2020, 40% of the workforce will be part of the gig - economy. VWCC and Roanoke County will host an 8-week course to prepare people for the future.
"Gig work” means an independent contract or part-time freelance work. More people are taking on freelance and remote work.
To prepare people for the future, VWCC and Roanoke County will host a course over the summer.
This is the second year for the program. "In that last class, we saw a girl in college who was 19 and wanted to start a business, to someone who had been gigging for 15 years and was 55 years old. It really ranged in age, which makes it an interesting class," said Sherry Winesett, Virginia Western Community College Adjunct Professor.
Only 20 applicants will be chosen for the program and scholarship.
The deadline to apply is May first.