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Howard Community College offering specialized workforce education scholarships

With support from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, Howard Community College Monday announced it is offering specialized workforce education scholarships for students in need of financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scholarships cover tuition and fees for eligible students enrolled in select credit and noncredit courses during the spring, summer or fall 2021 semesters.

The college is offering three credit certificate programs eligible for GEER Fund scholarships: Event
Management – Hospitality Management, Certified Bookkeeping and Cyber Forensics Technology. In addition, the first two courses that train aspiring emergency medical technicians are also eligible.

The list of eligible noncredit courses is extensive, with most courses within early childhood education and childcare, health care and information technology. Other noncredit courses that are offered include such topics as logistics technician, commercial driver’s license learner’s permit, family mediation: child access training, Society for Human Resource Management-certified professional test preparation, and a project management professional certification exam preparation.

HCC is one of 16 community colleges statewide to receive GEER funding. Based on need, students may qualify for additional funding to cover costs for textbooks, childcare, and transportation. In addition, the college offers loaner laptops and hotspots for students who need technology to participate in classes.

GEER grant funding is available for use by Dec. 30. Tuition and fees covered by GEER funding must be applied before that date.

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