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New Money for Community College Students

PHOTO: In Iowa there is now some money available for vocational training, verses getting a traditional education.
PHOTO: In Iowa there is now some money available for vocational training, verses getting a traditional education.
November 28, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - For students looking for an inexpensive gateway to higher education, Iowa's community colleges are popular starting points. There have always been need-based loans and grants available for students seeking degrees, but little aid for those looking for vocational training. This year, however, millions of dollars have been set aside by the Legislature to help people get training for in-demand "hot" jobs.

M.J. Dolan, executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, says this is the first year that such help is available.

"They can get this short-term skills training, get into the work force, beef up their financial position a little bit, and then work toward getting a degree down the road."

She says the money is available through the Iowa College Aid Commission and everyone from those fresh out of high school to those out of work may qualify.

"There are so many people right now in Iowa that would qualify for these opportunities for non-credit grants, and I think it's going to be a really great opportunity for many Iowans who may have been out of the work force or who are underskilled in their current jobs."

Dolan says that to determine if students qualify for the new state grants, they need to contact the Iowa College Aid Commission or a community college counselor.


Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA