Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ferris Works To Retrain Displaced Workers

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s commitment to retraining workers in Michigan, who have been adversely impacted by challenging economic times, is stronger than ever.

Since 2007, when Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced the No Worker Left Behind free tuition program, Ferris has emerged as a leader in the state of Michigan in providing opportunities for displaced workers to reinvent themselves and re-enter the state’s workforce better prepared to contribute to the state’s economic transformation and global competitiveness.

Among the outlined NWLB features are two years of free tuition at any state community college, university or other approved training program (a one-time offer); a skills assessment administered by Michigan Works!; and the opportunity to pursue a degree or occupational certificate in a high-demand occupation or emerging industry, or in an entrepreneurship program.

The NWLB program is funded through a mix of federal training resources, including monies provided by Michigan Works! for displaced workers and low-income workers seeking retraining.

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