They were there when we needed them most – individuals who went to work every day in an essential industry throughout the early days of the COVID- 19 pandemic. And now, Mott Community College (MCC) is there for them to help them pursue their academic and career dreams. MCC is part of the Future for Frontliners initiative, a new program started by Governor Whitmer to show our community’s gratitude for those who put their health on the line for the rest of us.
Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30 period, but do not have a college degree, free tuition to their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate on a full-time or part-time basis while they continue to work.
Those without a high school diploma or equivalency are eligible for services through MCC’s Workforce and Economic Development division, to help them prepare for and complete this credential, and then continue on to a community college or job training program.
The application period runs through December 31 of this year. Frontliners returning to, or starting community college or seeking their high school diploma or equivalency, may start classes anytime in 2021, and as early as the winter semester beginning in January of 2021.
To apply and learn more about Futures for Frontliners, visit www.Michigan.gov/Frontliners. After completing the application for Future for Frontliners, visit mcc.edu/enroll/futures-for-frontliners and follow the step-by-step instructions to get enrolled for the Winter 2021 semester.
To facilitate Frontliners’ work and family schedules, MCC is offering classes through a variety of delivery methods, including some in-person, hybrid (a mix of in-person and online), and online classes.
Additionally, to support all MCC students, the College will provide students who need it with technology such as laptops and internet hubs, mental health and wellness services offered virtually, virtual tutoring services, and access to the MCC Library, Mott Eats Food Pantry and Ellen’s Closet (clothing pantry) by appointment. The MCC Early Childhood Learning Center is also open for students who need quality childcare for children aged 6 months to five years old.
“Futures for Frontliners is an important program because it provides frontline workers with access to tuition-free community college to pursue their career and personal dreams recognizes their commitment to society while giving them the tools to improve their lives and the lives of their families,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea.