Broward College Receives More than One Million Dollars from the Job Corps Scholars Program to Offer Post-Secondary Support in Broward UP™ Communities

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (July 7, 2020) More than 80 youth across Broward County will receive specific support from Broward College through $1.187 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Job Corps Scholars Program. Broward College is one of 20 institutions awarded to serve Job Corps-eligible youth and young adults 16 to 24 years of age. For three years, the grant will support two success coaches, two employment specialists, and the selected participants' tuitionfees, and other costs for success in the program. 

The grant allows the College to assist out of school youth in Broward UP communities. Broward UP, the UP stands for "unlimited potential," is part of the College's efforts to increase college access, improve degree and certificate attainment, and holistically raise social and economic mobility across the county. Like Broward UP, the Job Corps Scholars Grant aims to improve the lives of at-risk students in communities with high unemployment and low education levels by helping them realize their full potential while gaining valuable vocational and academic skills. 

Participants must be enrolled in an industry certification or technical certificate program. Other criteria for participation include youth affected by skills deficiency, homelessness, those in foster care, and those in need of additional career and technical education. Job Corps scholars will be provided with free tuition to complete a one year or less program, specialized career training, individualized personal and employment counseling, and access to apprenticeship and employment programs. 

"Our priority as a college is to provide students with new opportunities for growth and future success, ultimately revitalizing the communities they live in," said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. "In combination with other efforts such as Broward UP, the Job Corps Scholars Program allows us to address barriers to post-secondary access and provide new and innovative ways to deliver high-quality education and career training to some of our most vulnerable residents."  

As the job training and unemployment crisis in the United States also continues to expand, it is estimated that there will be 55 million job vacancies by the end of 2020. The Job Corps Scholars Program's mission is to decrease the government's cost and increase grant program outcomes in a way that creates a pipeline of talented scholars through education and career training.  

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Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu

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