Northeast Mississippi Community College is making a promise to make career and technical education more accessible than ever by removing all financial barriers for those pursuing certificates or degrees in these areas.

The college has announced Northeast Promise, a new scholarship program that will fund any remaining tuition or fees after all other forms of non-repayable aid has been applied. The program is available to any full-time student in the college’s five-county district, including Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties, enrolled or enrolling in a career or technical program.

Students can receive the funds until they either earn an associate degree or certificate or for up to four semesters, whichever comes first.

NEMCC President Dr. Ricky Ford said the first-in-the-state program grew out of this summer’s free summer school tuition program as college officials saw a continued need to support students and potential students in obtaining the education they need to better their lives.

He described the program as a “win-win” for students, industry and the entire community as students will gain better access to education that will lead to better jobs and better lives for their families while helping industries gain much-needed workers with the skills they need for the modern jobs of today.

Ford said they hope to eventually expand the program to college programs beyond career and technical.

“We’re extremely proud to be in a position to offer this scholarship opportunity. While it is available only to career and technical students now, as workforce needs evolve we will look to enhance this program so students in other programs such as health sciences will benefit from it as well,” he said.

Along with the financial assistance, the Northeast Promise program will also provide support for students through required meetings with academic advisors.

The program is being funded through both federal COVID relief funds and funds from the school’s budget.

Ford said the use of local funds shows the college’s commitment to helping students achieve success.

The deadline for applications for the program is Friday, Aug. 6 for this coming fall semester. Students should visit nemcc.edu and first apply for admission to the college and submit the FAFSA. After being accepted to the college, they can then apply for Northeast Promise through the application on the website and will be sent additional information.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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