ALPENA — A number of college students have enrolled at Alpena Group Faculty as a part of the Michigan Reconnect program, faculty officers say.
Michigan Reconnect is a scholarship program designed to assist qualifying Michigan residents 25 and older earn a certificates or affiliate diploma.
Faculty President Don MacMaster mentioned eight college students within the Michigan Reconnect program have enrolled for the summer time semester and there are 26 college students enrolled for the upcoming fall semester.
“We’ll get fairly just a few extra between now and the tip of August for positive,” MacMaster mentioned of when the autumn semester begins.
Eligible college students have to be 25 years and older, have a highschool diploma, have been a Michigan resident for a minimum of one 12 months and haven’t but accomplished a school diploma.
This system is a final greenback scholarship program, which implies it might cowl the price of tuition for in-district college students after federal pupil help and different grants and scholarships have been utilized.
Qualifying college students who stay in Alcona, Montmorency, and most of Presque Isle counties are thought-about out-of-district college students after federal pupil help and different grants and scholarships have been utilized.
Alpena Group Faculty Director of Monetary Support Robert Roose mentioned there’s nonetheless time to enroll in Michigan Reconnect earlier than the autumn semester begins.
Roose mentioned after an applicant is accepted for this system, they must fill out a school software and a Free Utility for Federal Scholar Support. These concerned about making use of can go to michigan.gov/reconnect to use for this system.
Michigan Reconnect, which launched in February, is designed to deal with a widening abilities hole throughout the state’s workforce.
To this point, this system has been well-received throughout the state.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lately introduced greater than 70,000 candidates are set to profit from this system, which has surpassed the state objective of 60,000 candidates by Memorial Day.
Greater than 15,000 of these candidates have already enrolled in group faculty.
Reconnect Michigan is completely different from the Futures for Frontliners program, which allowed important employees to use without cost faculty tuition in the event that they hadn’t earned a level, however labored in an important trade in the course of the pandemic.
MacMaster mentioned 132 frontliners attended faculty this spring, 28 frontliners are at the moment enrolled in the summertime semester, and 70 entrance liners have registered for courses within the fall.
Each applications assist Michigan’s objective to extend the variety of working age adults with a talent certificates or faculty diploma from 45% to 60% by 2030.
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