Scholarships available for high school seniors and adults interested in skilled trades jobs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Community Choice Credit Union is offering $100,000 in scholarships to 25 Michigan residents who want to further their education in skilled trades and other careers.

The Credit Union Scholarship Program is in its 21st year of providing financial support to those who wish to further their education and stay in the state.

“It gives you the opportunity to grow those roots into a state you grew up in and a state you love,” said Ethan Lohman, director of the CCCU Members Center.

There are three different categories of scholarships a person can apply for:

  • Community Choice Credit Union to offer 15 $5,000 scholarships to high school students attending college in Michigan State
  • Community Choice Credit Union will provide six $2,500 Continuing Education Scholarships for individuals who wish to further their education, pursue higher education, or obtain recertification.
  • Community Choice Credit Union will provide four $2,500 scholarships for individuals seeking skilled trades education, vocational training or certification through accredited programs.

“As we know, Michigan is known for being a specialty type of state,” Lohman said.

Michigan’s Department of Talent and Economic Development expects about 530,000 skilled jobs to be created by 2028.

Skilled trades are not just found in construction fields, but in other careers like health care, information technology, graphic design, and culinary arts.

While there is a significant need in these and other areas, jobs related to building state infrastructure are a top priority.

“There’s tons of money coming from the federal government and the state government to improve infrastructure. In Grand Rapids alone, over $1 billion is invested here,” said Juan Rosario, talent solutions manager for West Michigan Works.

The river restoration project is one of the massive projects taking place across the city, although it will take years to complete. It is expected to generate at least $100 million in work for various contractors.

The Grand Rapids Museum plans to begin construction in 2023 as part of a $64 million expansion project.

Some of the highlights include a four-story tower on the south end with a cafe and artifact labs for students, as well as more space for exhibits.

It would also provide better access to the Grand River as the city works to restore the rapids.

“There are even infrastructure needs being implemented in Muskegon. We are a seven-county region, so we are geographically large and there is a significant need for these skilled trades,” Rosario said.

Community Choice Credit Union staff encourage everyone to apply.

They especially encourage those who live in Holland and Muskegon, where the credit union has offices.

No initial documents are required to complete this online application.

However, there is a small piece of writing that people will want to prepare before completing the application. It is on the first page of the website.

For more information about the app, Click here.

The deadline to apply is February 28.

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