These nine Michigan community colleges will receive $ 750,000 in grants


Michigan community colleges will receive thousands of dollars to support student success rates, Governor Whitmer said on Friday.

Grants totaling $ 750,000 will be awarded to nine Michigan community colleges to improve student success, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday.

Grants were awarded on the basis of a competitive application process. The winning schools will use the funds in part to support Future for Frontliners scholarship students, Michigan residents without a college degree who worked during the COVID-19 shutdown. It will also go to the Michigan Reconnect Scholarships, which are awarded to state resident students over the age of 25 without a college degree.

The funds were provided by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) in partnership with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).

Five colleges will receive sixty by 30 student success grants of up to $ 150,000 each. Sixty by 30 is an MCAN program that targets the goal of 60% of Michigan residents achieving a post-secondary certificate or diploma by 2030.

“At our current graduation rate of 49.1% in the state, it will take more than just tuition assistance to get us to 60% by 2030. And that’s why our partnership with MCAN and community colleges is so essential in providing an extra layer of support to help these students succeed, ”said Susan Corbin, Acting Director of LEO, in a press release.

Below is a list of five community colleges that will receive the grants and what the funds will be used for, according to the release:

  • Henry Ford College: first year of experience
    • Henry Ford College will develop, deliver and demand a structured, one-credit hour course tailored to mature students that will help them connect to resources that promote their academic and professional goals.
  • Mott Community College: concurrent support
    • Mott Community College will implement concomitant and intensive support models to deliver development education to ensure that mature students who need additional academic support are able to build momentum and succeed in level courses. college in their first year.
  • Muskegon Community College: 360 ° Coaching
    • Muskegon Community College will provide mature students with a designated coach to contact whenever issues arise inside and outside the classroom. The coach will also proactively ask students about their needs and connect them with targeted resources to help them succeed.
  • Oakland Community College: Proficiency Credit
    • Oakland Community College will create a systematic process to award appropriate credits to mature students with prior knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Southwest Michigan Community College: Career Exploration
    • Southwestern Michigan College will establish a career services office and hire a dedicated career coach who will identify local careers in demand for mature students. This specialist will enable Reconnect students to make informed decisions about study programs and credentials that lead to jobs that pay a living wage.

“Henry Ford College is deeply committed to student success and the state goal of 60 by 30,” said Russ Kavalhuna, president of Henry Ford College, one of the grant recipients. “We meet our students where they are, help them choose the best program, and help them graduate and progress to successful careers. “

In addition, four colleges will receive up to $ 20,000 to hire a college leaving coach or staff member who works with low-income first-generation students to graduate. Below is the list of winners:

  • Lake Michigan College
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • St. Clair County Community College

“These grants are critical in helping us provide Michigan residents with the education they need to secure higher paying, highly skilled jobs,” said Governor Whitmer.

“As we come out of the pandemic together and continue our economic comeback, we will remain focused on the laser to help people develop strong skills so that they can find good jobs for good pay,” she said. declared.

To apply for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship, visit their site here.

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