Workforce Development Scholarships at MSC Southeast available again in 2021-2022 academic year
The ongoing shortage of qualified employees in Southeast Minnesota continues to be an issue for the region's employers. Fortunately, even with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been coming to campus at Minnesota State College Southeast to train in high-skilled, high-demand occupations.
However, the cost of tuition and other college expenses is still be a challenge.
"The pandemic has created additional financial burdens for many students. This year, Workforce Development Scholarships are providing our students with the funds they need to stay in college and complete their degrees for the many well-paying jobs that are currently available," said Larry Lundblad, Interim President of Minnesota State College Southeast.
Recognizing the need for more graduates in career and technical programs, the Minnesota State Legislature first allocated funding for a program piloting Workforce Development Scholarships in 2017. In 2021-2022, the state of Minnesota has allocated 34 Workforce Development Scholarships for $2500 each for MSC Southeast students, a total of $85,000. Additional funds may be designated by Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation for workforce scholarships.
"I'm proud to have been the chief author of this original legislation and have continued to support this funding every session. The Workforce Development Scholarships have allowed many students to pursue and complete their career and technical education goals and enter the workforce in high demand fields," said Rep. Barb Haley (District 21A, Red Wing). "MSC Southeast's implementation of these scholarship programs also encouraged private dollars, which further leveraged the opportunities for more students. The Workforce Development Scholarships are a win-win-win: students benefit, businesses and industry benefits, and the college benefits!"
Liz Lee (pictured above) is a Practical Nursing student on the Red Wing campus and was awarded a two-semester Workforce Development Scholarship this year. "I can take what I learn -- hands on, clinical, classroom, and lab -- and be ready for job interviews and actually working in the field," she said.
"We are very grateful that the Minnesota State Legislature is providing the resources to encourage students to pursue these career fields," said Larry Lundblad. "Workforce Development Scholarships help make it possible for them to stay in college and complete their programs."
To apply for a 2021-2022 Workforce Development Scholarship, go to southeastmn.edu/wfs. The deadline to apply for Fall scholarships is June 1, 2021.