UM-Flint's water crisis class starts back up

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FLINT (WJRT) - (9/22/16) - When graduate student Jonique Donald walked into the Northbank Center it was for a one-credit course that would help keep her part-time status.

But she walked out with so much more.

"I'm so glad that I came because I'm actually finding a lot of information about not only what's going on in the city of Flint, but also the financial resources that are available to community organizations," she said.

The title of Thursday's Flint Water Crisis class: Community Engagement and Federal Grants 101. The start of a new semester with new information

"We weren't sure about if we were gonna be one-and-done or not," said Suzanne Selig, Director of UM-Flint's Department of Public Health and Health Sciences.

She says the discussion of whether to continue the class after last winter came quickly after the first semester wrapped up.

"We invited all the people that had participated to come and do a planning session and in that session it was really clear there were a lot of issues the community wanted to continue addressing," she said.

Those discussions turned into five brand new sessions...tackling topics from skin rashes and measuring applying for federal grants.

Thursday, reps from different federal agencies talked about what they look for on grant applications.

Anyone looking to learn more about applying for grants should go to Michigan State University's Flint campus on October 6, where training will get more hands on. From there ABC12 is told there will be even more sessions...ultimately helping organizations write grant applications.

The next water crisis class at UM-Flint will be October 13.

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