(UKTN DETROIT) – More than 65,000 adults across the state of Michigan sign up for free education.
“So what do the people of Michigan think of this historic opportunity for a free community college, it’s honestly quite impressive,” said Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.
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Michigan Reconnect is designed to give residents 25 and over the chance to enroll in a community college or vocational program for free.
The $ 30 million program was launched in February and was funded by the state legislature with bipartisan support.
“Getting so many Michiganders on track to get advanced education and training for well-paying jobs in high-demand fields in Michigan 21st century, ”said Gilchrist.
Danielle Ybarra of Pontiac is taking full advantage of the opportunity.
After trying to balance school and work, Ybarra says she had to drop out of classes at Oakland Community College and work full time.
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She says reconnecting Michigan gives her a second chance to complete a goal she started almost 10 years ago.
“I am proud to say that this fall I will be back on my path to an Associate Degree from Oakland Community College. I currently have 49 credits and just four more courses to complete. If all goes well, I will graduate next May, ”Ybarra said.
So far, more than 37,000 people have registered in Southeast Michigan, which is the largest region in the state.
The program was created to help more than four million people in the state.
“I was very surprised at the simplicity of the application process. I got a response right away and qualified for the scholarship, ”Ybarra said.
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