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