No worker left behind

This federal program has helped adult students in Michigan retool. From

Back to school: Many older adults able to pursue degrees with help from financial program
No Worker Left Behind, which ran from 2007 to 2010, helped around 140,000 Michigan residents head back to school in order to prepare for in-demand jobs. Because of a drop in federal funds, this year the program is accepting a much more limited number of enrollees. But it will continue to help participants already working toward a degree.

Through the program, the state agreed to pay up to two years of tuition up to $10,000 toward a degree in approved fields. The program got results; 75 percent of participants who completed schooling have gotten new jobs or retained their current “at-risk job,” according to the program. The majority of those who had been unemployed reportedly secured jobs related to their new degree.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of young students enrolled at degree-granting institutions has been growing faster than the number of older students, but this should change during the next few years. From 2006 to 2017, the NCES estimates a 10-percent rise in enrollments of people under 25, and a 19-percent increase in enrollments of people over 25. 


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