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Broward College Awarded $500,000 Grant to Assist Out-Of-School Youths

​Fort Lauderdale, FL  (July 29, 2016) - Broward College recently was awarded a $500,000 grant to support its Get REAL! (Ready for Education And Learning) scholarship. The scholarship is designed to help youths 17-24 who are out of school due to economic, health and social reasons but desire higher education opportunities and job readiness training. Through the program, 120 students who attend or will attend Broward College this fall will be eligible for benefit.

 

The Get REAL program was developed based on strategies which have been identified by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for ensuring employment readiness for jobs in high-demand industries such as information technology, health care and manufacturing-construction. The target group of recipients will include persons who may have been excluded from pursuing education or employment goals because of health or family issues, young adults returning from military service, or those who are enrolled in court-ordered diversion programs. The grant also will cover students in the foster care system, children of incarcerated parents, and those with disabilities.

Each recipient of the scholarship will receive tuition assistance, career support and assigned advisors, goal-based financial incentives, work-study opportunities while at Broward College, job placement assistance upon degree completion, and participation in events and workshops to assist with job readiness.


To be eligible for the Get REAL! program, applicants must:

·         be between the ages of 17 and 24,

·         have earned a high school diploma or GED,

·         have not attended any post-secondary institution between January 6,2016 through May 5, 2016, and

·         be highly motivated to complete a career training program in 2 years or less.

 

Broward College is currently accepting applications for the Get REAL! program through August 15. For more information or to request an application please contact Olivia Sarson:  osarson@broward.edu or call 954-201-7107

 

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