NMC to participate in free tuition program for front-line workers

TRAVERSE CITY — Front-line workers may receive a scholarship to attend NMC free of charge starting in January through the Futures for Frontliners program unveiled today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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. They may 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 to help them prepare for and complete this credential and go on to a community college or job training program. The application period runs through December 31, 2020, with enrollment available beginning in January of 2021.

Essential industries include health care, financial services, food and agriculture, law enforcement and first responders, water and wastewater, transportation and more.

“Providing these front-line workers in essential industries with access to tuition-free community college — even if they don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency — to pursue their career and personal dreams is a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ — they certainly earned it,” NMC President Nick Nissley said.

To apply and learn more about Futures for Frontliners, visit nmc.edu/frontliners.


Release date: SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019


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