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Northland to Award Over $175,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships

Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to be given to over 70 students entering high-demand occupations Fall 2020 semester

January 06, 2020 — As part of an eight-million dollar appropriation awarded to the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities to grant Workforce Development Scholarships to students, Northland Community & Technical College will have more than $175,000 in scholarships available to award to new students entering high demand career fields. Each scholarship is valued at $2,500 with the award to be split between two semesters.

The Minnesota Workforce Development Scholarship initiative was launched as a pilot program in 2018 and expanded during the 2019 legislative session. The program was developed as a tool to help ease the critical shortage of skilled workers within the state by attracting students to high-demand career fields. Across the Minnesota State System, approximately 2,400 scholarships will be awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year.

A $2,500 scholarship for the year covers nearly half of the average tuition and frees for full-time admission at Northland. With over 70 of these scholarships available for Minnesota residents this fall, we have a huge opportunity to draw students to these career fields.

“The Workforce Development Scholarships are making a huge impact for students pursuing high-demand careers in our region,” explains Lars Dyrud, Executive Director of the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation, “A $2,500 scholarship for the year covers nearly half of the average tuition and frees for full-time admission at Northland. With over 70 of these scholarships available for Minnesota residents next fall, we have a huge opportunity to draw students to these career fields.”

Qualifying high-demand program areas include Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, Health Care Services, Information Technology, and Transportation (including Aviation Maintenance Technology). In addition, students must reside in Minnesota, enroll in a minimum of nine credits, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

For more information on eligible programs, or to apply online for a Workforce Development Scholarship go to the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation website.

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.

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