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Bay College ‘Futures for Frontliners’ applications on rise

ESCANABA — Inspired by the GI Bill which provided college education to those serving their country in World War II, “Futures for Frontliners” is a tuition-free pathway aimed at those essential workers who have not yet obtained an associate or bachelor’s degree and want to advance their career in today’s competitive workforce.

Since the program was announced, Bay College has received over 140 program applicants for the winter 2021 semester, according to a news release from Bay College.

Admissions, student services staff, and co-advisors are working hand-in-hand with applicants through the qualification and enrollment process. Applicants have until Dec. 31 to be approved by the state and once approved can enroll in a career pathway either part-time or full-time with flexible online and hybrid class options.

“We’re thrilled that the state is supporting our frontliners who continued to work through the pandemic. It’s great to see the community rewarded,” said Director of Admissions for Bay College Jessica LaMarch in the release.

Career paths in the medical field, among the many others available at Bay College, are seeing considerable growth for the upcoming semester due in part to the Futures for Frontliners program. Bay College Medical Assistant Program Director Nicole Wagner, stated in the release: “We are seeing more and more nontraditional students making career changes and upgrading their skills. It’s a win-win for our community and the people in it.”

To learn more about the Futures for Frontliners program, to see if you qualify, or to apply, visit www.Michigan.gov/Frontliners. To explore career paths available at Bay College, visit https://www.baycollege. edu/admissions/futures-for-frontliners.php. The winter 2021 semester begins Jan. 11.

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