Experimental Pell Grant program offers career change opportunities

Staff Reports

LISBON – A new Experimental Pell Grant is opening up additional opportunities for those interested in going back to school at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.

According to Terry Hutson, assistant director of adult education, unlike previous financial aid available at the school, the Experimental Pell Grant makes it possible for more students to get financial assistance, even for those who have graduated from college with a four-year degree.

Hutson points out sometimes people need additional training to get a job or make a career change. The Experimental Pell Grant is available for many of the programs at the Career Center, including the new daytime practical nursing program, welding, EMT training or even shorter programs needed to update skills.

The Career Center is one of only a few programs across the country allowed to offer this new form of financial aid. Hutson credited the adult education director, Kelly Weikart, with doing the work and applying for the program, which allowed the Career Center this additional option.

Those wanting more information about applying for the grant should contact 330-424-9561 extension 176.