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Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan provides educational scholarships, support services

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Stacey Burns, Educational and Employment Services Coordinator with Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan is pictured on the campus of North Central Michigan College, where she provides academic advising, educational scholarships, career exploration and job search assistance.

For more than four decades, Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan has provided specialized services for adults, children and families to improve their lives. A focus on personal growth and lifelong learning threads through the nonprofit’s myriad programs and services.

The agency’s Educational and Employment Services is particularly positioned to assist individuals interested in entering or re-entering the workforce and gaining new skills through job training and education.

Stacey Burns has been the Educational and Employment Services Coordinator for 22 years, assisting thousands of people with academic advising, educational scholarships, career exploration, job search assistance and connecting them to additional community resources.

This past year created new challenges in assisting program participants because of the pandemic, however, Burns said many people continued to seek information about college, job training and employment resources.

During the 2019-20 Fiscal year, Educational and Employment program facilitated $96,381 in educational scholarships and assisted 148 people with career guidance and advising. Burns also oversees the Working Wardrobe program which provides vouchers to program participants needing interview, work clothing or clinical uniforms required for occupational programs including nursing and emergency medical services.

Educational and Employment Services is a place for community members to gain skills to help achieve employment or job advancement in careers such as certified nurse aide training, nursing, emergency medical services, criminal justice, medical assistant, phlebotomy, business management, accounting and office administrative services.

As the program coordinator, Burns works with students to determine if they qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition, textbooks and child care. The funds primarily assist single parents, those returning to the job market since raising families and students pursuing non-traditional careers. Scholarships are available for the 2021 spring and summer semesters.

The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s Educational and Employment Services office is located in the Student and Community Resource Center on the campus of North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

To learn more about these services, contact Stacey Burns at (231) 348-6699 or visit wrcnm.org.

“After losing my job in the middle of this pandemic, I am so extremely grateful for the help this program has provided me. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to move forward into winter semester without your help. I hope I can pay it forward when I graduate because money should not be the deciding factor of one’s future. Thank you for the opportunity to continue onward to my dream career.”

 

~Educational and Employment Services Program Participant