Become essential: MCC offers new start with free class

Become Essential

Meridian Community College is offering a free class for the Fall Semester 2020 to any Mississippi dislocated workers or employees who were furloughed or laid off after March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19.
“Being essential has kept our community going,” said Leia Hill, vice president of institutional advancement. “We understand the importance – and sometimes struggle – of taking that first step. MCC wants to help those to get started on a new path.”
With this special offer, tuition is waived for students who qualify. Participants will need to complete an MCC admissions application and the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and submit documents required for enrollment and documentation of unemployment after March 13, 2020.
Face-to-face and online credit courses are available. “As long as you meet the pre-requisites for the course, general education and career and technical programs offered in the Fall 2020 semester are available,” said Joseph Knight, vice president of workforce solutions. Commercial Truck Driving is the only program excluded from this offer. However, if you are eligible, other funding may be available for this program.
The cost of college is one of the most common reasons students do not continue their education. Even though statistics point to more learning, it means more earning power, and the most significant gains in earning power occur with the addition of two years of training after high school.
Even if the dislocated or furloughed person has returned to work, the free class offer is available.
“We hear a lot about essential workers and I can't help but think about the men and women who keep this country running," said Dr. Thomas Huebner, president of the college, "MCC is the place where you can get trained to become a fundamentally important part of the American economy."
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