Scholarship helps people out of work due to COVID go back to school at CCC

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 6:20 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Through the CARES Act, Central Community College is offering a scholarship to help people impacted by the pandemic a chance to get trained to get a new job in a field they’re interested in.

The pandemic has caused company layoffs leaving Nebraska workers looking for employment. The Workforce Retraining Initiative is giving people a fresh start.

“People who have been unemployed for a while, that can hurt. Many individuals have been working for a long time and then due to COVID they’ve lost their job,” Workforce Training Director Pennie Morgan said. “We work with people who have lost their businesses.”

CCC was granted $2.4 million to award to students looking to be trained in subjects ranging from welding, to human resources, to hospitality. Lori Bruha lost her job of seven years in July and is now studying business administration.

“Because of underlying medical conditions my doctor wanted me to stay home,” Bruha said. “While I was gone, my position was eliminated and that was really hard because I loved working there. I loved all the people. It actually was really hard on my (self) esteem.”

She said she felt like she was too old to go back to school but applied for the scholarship and explained her situation. Now she is finishing her degree in business administration. She also said it is giving her more confidence to be up to date on programs to help her excel at a new job

“In my previous job I knew what I had to do everyday and I went in and I did it,” Bruha said. “I didn’t really have to learn a lot more. When I got a new project I’d have to do that but on a daily basis now I’m learning something new.”

CCC hopes more people looking to get ahead in the job pool will consider going back to class. The scholarships are for $1,100 to help pay for the certifications or degrees. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31.

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