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"Michigan Reconnect" provides post secondary education path for older Michiganders

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan is accepting applications for a new tuition-free assistance program.  

“Michigan Reconnect” will help residents earn an associate'sdegree or post-secondary certificateat their local community collegeor a private training school.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the program will help the state meet a growing demand for high skilled-college educated workers.

“In all 83 counties employers are looking to fill high skill jobs,” says Whitmer. “In fact, Michigan has more than 545,000 jobs in the professional trades alone coming open through 2026.”

Applicants must be 25 years old or older, have lived in the state for at least one year and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Applicants can't have a previous associate's or bachelor's degree.

More than 4.1 million Michigan residents could be eligible for the program.

"Michigan Reconnect," is being supported with an initial $30 million in state funding.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.