Wednesday, May 20, 1998
Governor John Engler today announced the Michigan Renaissance Fund Board's decision to approve $20 million for the Governor's Career Scholarship Program. The Career Scholarship Program is designed to prepare Michigan workers for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand technical jobs. Career scholarships range from construction trades to computer programming to health care and more. Today's approval fulfills the Governor's commitment to create 10,000 scholarships to address the state's need for more technical workers. The program also was designed to make technical training more attractive by offering a scholarship as an added incentive. "These 10,000 scholarships are a great step forward for Michigan workers who want to pursue high-paying, high-skilled jobs," said Governor Engler, "But it is also an investment in Michigan's future. The return on this investment will be two-fold in that it will also provide businesses with crucially needed high-skilled workers to maintain the growth and expansion of Michigan's economy." At least 70 percent of the scholarship money will be given to community colleges. Up to 30 percent of the funds will be allotted for other training providers that have post-secondary or degree programs open to the general public and that charge tuition. Funds for each area are being identified on a preliminary basis by population. Training providers will be required to work in conjunction with their local Workforce Development Boards, commonly known as Michigan Works!, for the funds. The scholarships will cover up to half the cost of a training program, with a maximum of $2,000 each. This summer, students will apply through their community colleges or other schools for scholarships that will be disbursed in the fall. Preliminary funding amounts range from $2,619,202 in Southeast Michigan to $109,000 in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.