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Are you a frontline worker who’s been thinking about going back to college or finishing your high school equivalency? Well, now is the time.
Lake Michigan has partnered with Futures for Frontliners, a state scholarship program giving back to Michigan’s essential workers with tuition-free community college to anyone without a degree. The scholarship covers the cost of associate degrees, certificates and high school equivalency exams.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a Michigan resident
- Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time between April and June, 2020 (must have worked during 11 weeks averaging 20 hours a week or a total of 220 hours).
- Have not yet completed a an associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent. To earn your high school equivalency or GED, contact the Educational Opportunity Center or Michigan Works!.
Next steps for new college students:
- Complete the Futures for Frontliners application by Dec. 31, 2020.
- Apply to Lake Michigan College.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
What are essential industries?
- Food and agriculture.
- Health care and public health.
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders.
- Communications and information technology (IT), including news media.
- Financial services.
- Public works.
- Critical manufacturing.
- Water and wastewater.
- Critical infrastructure workers.
- Community-based government operations and essential functions.
- Defense industrial base.
- Hazardous materials.
- Chemical supply chains and safety.
Futures for Frontliners aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the state and help essential workers earn higher wages. On average, workers with a two-year degree earn $7,500 more annually. Seventy-five percent of Michigan jobs require education beyond high school.