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Michigan Works! Tuition Assistance Helps Young Woman Secure Criminal Justice Degree

Kyley graduated from Rogers City High School and went on to Alpena Community College where she earned an Associates degree in Criminal Justice. She knew she wanted to go to Lake Superior State University to obtain her Bachelors degree, but was nervous about the cost of college with tuition, housing, gas, and books.  Once she filled out all of the scholarships she could, she reached out to her local Michigan Works! to see if there was anything else she could do. 


Working with Michigan Works! Career Navigator Rachel and Career Advisor Niki, Kyley learned the degree she was pursuing was on the list of in-demand occupations and she qualified for additional tuition assistance. 


“Michigan Works! was the biggest help to me throughout my college career and one of the big reasons why I graduated with my Bachelors Degree debt free,” says Kyley. “Michigan Works! provided me with tuition assistance every semester, which helped make it possible for me to go to school and afford my books, tuition, and gas. I would send in my grades and since I worked while attending college, I would send my pay stubs as well. I mentioned to MW! that I wanted to graduate a semester early to get in the workforce faster and wondered if it was ok to attend school throughout the summer in order to be a fall graduate instead of spring.  Michigan Works! made it happen and adjusted my terms to accommodate to my wishes. I am very blessed to have been able to have this resource and appreciate all of the work the MW staff provided me with that made my degree and education go so smoothly.”


Thanks to the tuition assistance Michigan Works! was able to provide, Kyley graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude. She was able to go to school for four consecutive terms through the summer while completing a 300 hour internship at her local sheriff's department. She became a Social Worker for the State of Michigan before she even walked for graduation to accept her diploma.


Kyley reports, “Michigan Works! was wonderful to work with and I am very grateful for the scholarships they provided me with! Being in this program helped teach me more responsibility. I reached out to see what they had to offer and got all my ducks in a row to try my best to receive the most financial assistance available to me. I made phone calls and sent emails to ensure I was doing the best that I could to continue to utilize this amazing resource.”

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