Community colleges in Michigan will be able to improve some programs with a new grant.

The Michigan Community College Associate has announced that an $800,000 grant has been awarded to help improve student access to community college programs that could help them find in-demand jobs. The programs include the fields of health, applied business, protective services, engineering technologies, computer and information services, and skilled trades.

This grant gives us the opportunity to deliver for students, helping them gain skills that will lead to successful careers...Community colleges are preparing to welcome new students to campus right now through Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect programs. These programs make a real difference in real lives, and these skills have never been more important...said Mike Hansen, President of the MCCA.

The grant itself came from a group that is based in Madison, Wisconsin called the Ascendium Education Group. The Michigan Center for Student Success will take the lead on the grant and work with Aspen Institute, Community College Research Center, and Jobs for the Future of Achieving the Dream.

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These programs will benefit from the grant to ensure that they are meeting the needs of local labor markets along with industry-recognized credentials.

Community colleges are constantly thinking about how the programs we offer are preparing graduates for the work of the future,” “This work will help our college and MCCA member colleges across the state improve clear pathways to associate and bachelor’s degrees...said Peter Provenzano, chancellor of Oakland Community College and MCCA executive committee member.

Source: Mid-Michigan Now

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