Opportunity Grant

 

What services does Opportunity Grant provide?

Opportunity Grant provides helps limited income adults with little or no college credits with:

  • Funding to pay up to 45 credits of tuition, fees, and required textbooks when pursuing approved professional-technical training.
  • Educational advising and planning, including the development of an education plan that lists the courses required each quarter to obtain the training goal in the most efficient manner.
  • Advising to address barriers to academic/personal success.
  • Employment assistance.
  • Assistance in navigating college resources and services.
  • Referrals to community partners.

 

How are they provided?

Students are assigned to a Program Manager who:

  • Does a thorough intake to assess training goals.
  • Addresses barriers to academic/personal success.
  • Develops a list of next steps for the individual to take.

The list of next steps may include:

  • Applying for admissions to the college.
  • Taking an assessment test of English and math skills.
  • Meeting with our Employment Specialist to research viable training options.
  • Registering for classes.
  • Referrals to college and/or community resources and/or services.

 

Why are they provided?

The goal of the Opportunity Grant program is to provide limited income adults with little or no college credits the opportunity to learn skills and earn a credential that helps the individual secure employment at a sustainable wage. Studies show that having a college credential and/or at least 1 year of college courses (45 credits) is the tipping point for individuals to become/remain economically self-sufficient over their life-times.

 

Who provides them?

The Opportunity Grant team consists of:

  • Opportunity Grant Director
  • 1 Opportunity Grant Program Manager
  • Employment Specialist