GREEN BAY – Unemployed people and workers who are struggling to support their families can apply for an $8,000 scholarship to pursue higher-paying jobs in one of five high-demand industries. The Bay Area Workforce Development Board is offering 100 scholarships to residents of its 11-county service region—which includes Brown, Outagamie, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.
The scholarships aim to help people pursue degrees, technical certificates or other training necessary for careers in transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction or information technology.The scholarships aim to provide direct aid to unemployed or underemployed workers in the region while also helping industries address a shortage of skilled labor, said Matt Valiquette, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board’s executive director.
“We’re talking about hundreds and hundreds of different training programs and opportunities available at our local technical colleges and universities,” Valiquette said. “These industries offer family-supporting jobs. They’re the drivers of much of our economies and communities.”
…The scholarships can be used to attend any higher education institution in the region including Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, UW-Green Bay campuses, Fox Valley Technical College, the College of the Menominee Nation and private training centers that offer certifications for specific jobs and industries.