Midlands Technical College says more than $1.7-million in scholarship funds are available for its QuickJobs program – the largest amount ever.
The money was provided by the legislature and private and corporate donors.
QuickJobs is a non-degree program that prepares participants often in less than three months with industry-recognized credentials for high-demand careers so they typically can move directly into employment.
Midlands Tech Executive Director of Programs for Corporate and Continuing Education Cathy Pitts tells WVOC, “The individual would not necessarily have to take the core general studies courses that a traditional college student would take but would instead be focused very specifically on the skill that he or she were training to learn.”
Pitts says QuickJobs scholarships are available for 38 programs in the categories of business, computer technology, construction and trades, healthcare, manufacturing and creative careers.
“It's a great opportunity for individuals who are unemployed or who feel like they're under-employed and would like to gain a skill set that would help them to be employed in a position where their salary would be better, perhaps they'd be eligible for benefits, and would set them up for a career as opposed to what some might consider just a job,” Pitts says.
Midlands Tech began the QuickJobs program in 2005 and as many as 3,300 participants per year have enrolled.
Applicants must attend one of five information sessions during the next week and a half.
For more information, click on www.midlandstech.edu/cce/scholarship.