MCC chosen as one of 20 Jobs Corps grant recipients nationwide

Mott Community College students working through Job Corps. Photo provided

Mott Community College students working through Job Corps. Photo provided

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) is one of 20 public colleges nationwide selected to receive a three-year grant to prepare Jobs Corps students with career technical training, certifications, and intensive career counseling services to support long-term meaningful employment and financial stability.

These grants will cover tuition and provide career and employment counseling to increase the student’s success. The MCC program will provide training and education for 40 students each year over a two-year period, followed by a third year of assessment for all participants.

“We are excited about this opportunity to expand our partnership with the Flint/Genesee Job Corps Center, and to support these young adults as they earn new credentials, and obtain meaningful employment opportunities,” said Robert Matthews, Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development (WED) at the College.

The Job Corps Scholars program is a U.S. Department of Labor demonstration project that allows Job Corpseligible youth (age 16-24) the opportunity to enroll in a career technical training program to learn in-demand job skills at accredited public colleges. The Job Corps Scholars program was first announced in 2019, and this month the Department of Labor announced the colleges that will receive grant funding to participate.

This is a free program for students and offers a unique opportunity to gain a valuable education as well as skills employers are seeking for today’s workforce. The ability to partner with public colleges is particularly appealing because the schools’ community ties will increase the students’ chances of attaining employment after completing the program. The program is expected to serve 1,600+ students.

In addition, the school connection will make it easier for students to seek additional educational opportunities after completing the program. — G.G.