BENTON HARBOUR, Michigan – Individuals pursuing an education at Lake Michigan College or Southwestern Michigan College have the opportunity to receive financial aid and support services through Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren.
Michigan works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren received a $2 million Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program grant in July 2021 from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 and help jobseekers to acquire skills and move from education and training to employment.
The initiative, in partnership with Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College, was created to provide short-term education/training opportunities and support services to more than 650 people in the tri-county area. Michigan Works Career Navigators! will help participants establish career goals, identify relevant education and training opportunities, and meet college admissions and financial aid requirements.
“We know that one of the biggest barriers to pursuing an education is the need for financial assistance. Right now, there couldn’t be a better time to pursue education and training with all available resources,” said Dr. Ken Flowers, Dean of Career Education and Workforce at the Lake Michigan College. “Students who take advantage of the funding and support services offered by the MiLEAP program this summer may also be eligible for the LMC Promise which begins this fall.”
“Our goal is to enable area residents to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help them progress to highly skilled, well-paying, and in-demand careers without incurring student debt,” said Dr. Karen Reilly, Dean of school. of Business and Advanced Technology at Southwestern Michigan College.
Collectively, LMC and SMC have identified 47 short-term educational programs for participation in MiLEAP that range in duration from one day to two years and lead to a degree. Prospective participants must have a high school equivalency to receive MiLEAP services. Eligible participants will be assessed for receiving support services to meet unmet needs such as tuition, books, transportation, and work clothes.
“This is where partnerships like the ones we share with LMC and SMC can create real impact in the community,” said Lily Brewer, Executive Director of Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren. “This collaborative effort will help individuals gain the skills and training they need to succeed and prepare them for the world of work.
Those interested in pursuing a short-term diploma training opportunity should visit miworks.org/MiLEAP.
Michigan works! de Berrien, Cass, Van specializes in the education, training and employment of people of all ages. We work with local businesses to find out what keeps them up at night and help them address the most pressing challenges they may face, including attracting and retaining talent. For more information, visit http://www.miworks.org.