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Friday, August 23, 2019

Grant Helps Washtenaw County Residents Prepare for Jobs

Hundreds of Washtenaw County adults will get help preparing for high-demand jobs under a grant awarded to a group that includes WCC.

The Washtenaw Region Adult Education Collaborative, which includes six adult and community education programs, received the $250,000 grant under Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s No Worker Left Behind initiative. The money targets adults who lack a high school diploma or GED or whose reading or math skills are below the eighth grade level. The goal is to help them boost their skills so they can earn a two-year degree or certificate in a technical training program.

The programs will prepare them for work in high-demand occupations such as health care, accounting, information technology, and auto mechanics; in emerging industries; or as entrepreneurs.

The grant is expected to help about 600 Washtenaw County residents, in addition to students currently served by the six programs. Collaborative members will use the money to provide a variety of services, ranging from summer GED classes to advising support.

The grant, which WCC will administer, runs from February 2009 to September 2010.

The Washtenaw Region Adult Education Collaborative includes adult and community education programs operated by six organizations: the Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, and Willow Run school districts; Michigan Works/Washtenaw County Employment Training and Community Services; and WCC.

To learn more about programs provided by specific Collaborative members, contact: Sharman Spieser, Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Ed, 994-2300, ext. 53246; Todd Marlatt, Chelsea Adult Education, 433-2201, ext. 1016; Roy Wasilewski 439-1511, ext. 3464, or Connie Cox, 439-5272, Milan Adult Education; Jeff Stevens, Willow Run Adult Education, 961-6188; Anne Greashaber, Washtenaw Community College Adult Transitions, 677-5208.

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