LISBON While many adults in the area might be able to improve their job skills with additional education, the cost of training could be one of the things stopping them.
However, the Kevin Clark, the adult education student services and financial aid coordinator at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, explained to the board Tuesday how they are able to obtain financial aid for the majority of adult education students.
Clark said adult students are eligible both for grants and scholarships, neither of which have to be paid back.
Those students who attend the high school classes at the career center receive scholarships when they continue on, transferring into some areas of the adult education program. Transferring nursing students receive $1,000 scholarships. Welding students and those in the medical training receive $500. Pharmacy tech students receive $250.
Additional, adult students are eligible for Pell Grants, which offers up to $6,500 for a 12-month program. There is also money available to help disabled students, money which can cover lab fees, testing fees and registration fees.
Veterans involved in the Post 9/11 and Montgomery Bill programs can use those credits to attend classes at the CCCTC. Additional money is available for those going through the Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Clark said of the 347 adult students attending the CCCTC this year, 326 were able to receive funding through Pell Grants. Another 61 received assistance through the program with the Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Clark helps those interested in applying to get through the application process, which is different for each type of financial aid available.
He called the program a "debt-free alternative." For instance he said becoming a medical assistant at a local community college costs $21,057 for tuition. But students going through the medical assistant program at the CCCTC pay only between $6,100 and $6,225. Much of that can be covered by the Pell Grant, leaving the student with the same credentials earned while attending the more expensive program without starting their career in debt.