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Michigan Works’ Tuition Assistance Program Helps Lessen Student Loan Debt


In April 2019 Heather R. made the decision to drive cross country to move from California to Michigan. While in California she worked as a medical assistant, and upon arriving in Michigan she enrolled in the Nursing program at Kirtland Community College. To support herself while in school, Heather was working part-time as a waitress in a local restaurant. While in the college library, Heather bumped into family friend and Michigan Works! Career Advisor, Tracy Bohl. Tracy informed her of the WIOA Class Room Training tuition assistance program. At this point, Heather had only one remaining semester left in the Nursing program, but Tracy advised they could likely assist with tuition for that last semester, thus lessening the amount of student loans Heather would need to take on in order to complete the program.


Michigan Works was able to assist Heather with tuition during her last semester of college at Kirtland Community College, during which she was also dual enrolled in the ADN to BSN program with Saginaw Valley State University.


Heather graduated from the Nursing program in May 2021 with President's list honors. Upon graduating, Heather passed her NCLEX exam on July 9, 2021, was married on July 24, and accepted her dream job on September 20! She is now employed as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Covenant HealthCare.

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