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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Kimberly

Workforce Challenge

Kimberly was attending Ferris State University to receive her AAS in Respiratory Care. During her last year of school, she came to Michigan Works! seeking tuition assistance. While she did have a full-time bartending job, the costs of tuition, fees, transportation and lodging during clinicals was more than Kimberly could afford. She was worried she would have to drop out of school.

Workforce Solution

Since Kimberly was working towards a degree in an in-demand occupation, Michigan Works! was able to offer financial assistance for tuition, books and fees, as well as mileage, uniforms, hotel stays while at clinicals, and the Certified Respiratory Therapist exam fee itself.

Outcomes & Benefits

With the financial aid Michigan Works! provided, Kimberly was able to finish her degree. She passed her exams and gained employment at St. Mary’s as a Respiratory Therapist. She says, "I was going to have to drop out of school because my clinical schedule was very demanding. I couldn't juggle work and school. Michigan Works! made it possible to manage both. With the financial support they provided me, I was able to work, do my clinical rotation and finally graduate. They have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my goal and now I am employed in my field of study. I am very grateful and I couldn't have done it without them."

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