The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — “Time is running out,” according to Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation’s (CPWDC) Executive Director Rachel Smith, for local people to qualify for free scholarships available to advance their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and find employment in Central Pennsylvania.
The program is designed to serve individuals who have experienced long-term unemployment and those who are under-employed, not utilizing their current education and experience to its fullest advantage. Those who think they might qualify are asked to visit http://www.cpwdc.org/stem and complete the prequalification form.
“While our program runs through November of 2015, people interested in receiving scholarship funding must complete the pre-screening, the application process, and then their education by May 2015,” Smith said.
Individuals needing two years to complete a degree must complete the pre-screening by June 1. Applications will continue to be accepted for the program after that date but the time allowed to complete the education will correspondingly reduce as the program concludes in November or 2015.
The program is geared toward individuals with some prior college education, like those who may have started a degree, but due to life circumstances, never completed it or those who find an existing degree outdated or incompatible with today’s job opportunities.
“One of the great things about this program,” Smith said, “is that we will not only help people find the right school and fund their education, but we will also help them be placed in employment after they are awarded a degree.” CPWDC is partnering with the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor (PICCC) to deliver career coaching and placement assistance for program participants.