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Skills training scholarships available to 1,000 Michigan residents

$1,500 available for tuition at eligible training programs outside community colleges
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Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:09 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Skills Scholarship program is accepting applications from adults age 25 or older who are seeking a career training certificate.

The program is offering a $1,500 scholarship to cover tuition for the first 1,000 applicants at an eligible institution. Training programs can cover five in-demand career fields: business management, construction, health care, information technology and manufacturing.

The Michigan Skills Scholarship is part of the Michigan Reconnect program, which aims to educate 60% of adults with an associate’s degree or career training certificate by 2030. The Reconnect program focuses on community college courses, but state labor officials want to provide help for students in alternative training programs.

“We understand that sometimes the best place to find the skills training you want may not be at a community college – there may be a private training school or program that offers exactly what you’re looking for or is more convenient,” said Susan Corbin, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity acting director.

Applicants for Michigan Skills Scholarships must be 25 or older, a Michigan resident for at least a year, have a high school diploma or equivalent and not have an associate’s degree or higher yet.

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