Opportunity Grant

What services does Opportunity Grant provide?

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Opportunity Grant provides 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 admission to the college.
  • Taking an assessment test of English and math skills.
  • Registering for classes.
  • Referrals to college and/or community resources.

 

Why are they provided?

The Opportunity Grant program provides 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 one year of college courses (45 credits) is the tipping point for individuals to become/remain economically self-sufficient over their lifetimes.

Last Updated January 30, 2019