Bucks County Aim & Attain Near Completer Grant Provides Free Pathway to Eligible Individuals who Re-Enroll and Finish Career Training or College Programs Now
Trevose, PA – September 12, 2023 – Thanks to a $1,333,268 award from the PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Near Completer Grant program to the Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development (WED), eligible individuals who had to pause their college or career training certificate programs can apply to complete their education or training at no cost. BucksCounty.gov/AimAndAttain
The Bucks County Aim & Attain Near Completer Grant supports Pennsylvania residents who began a postsecondary educational or training program, maintained a 2.0 GPA or higher, and exited after June 1, 2021 before obtaining an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. To be eligible, participants must complete their study programs by June 30, 2024.
“Aim & Attain provides an immediate, no-cost pathway to secure a college degree or certification for those who may have had to pause their education and training goals,” says Billie Barnes, Executive Director, Bucks County Workforce Development Board. “The award may be applied toward completing a four-year degree or associate degree as well as certificate programs focusing on occupational skills. Upon completion, those already employed will have better opportunities to advance in their current careers, and job seekers can connect with employers for in-demand jobs.”
The program is open to unemployed as well as currently employed individuals who require training to advance in their current field or transition to a different field and may include additional financial support for those who are experiencing a barrier to returning to their chosen program. Benefits include:
- Access to free tuition assistance, mentorship, tutorial services and technology resources
- Free books and educational supplies
- Guidance from a Career Services Specialist
- Connect with staff and resources to assist with job placement
Those who are eligible to participate may attend a postsecondary institution located in Pennsylvania, either in person or online, upon meeting the institution’s admission requirements. WED is partnering with Bucks County schools including:
- Bucks County Community College
- Delaware Valley University (DelVal)
- Holy Family University
- Pennco Technical School
In addition, participating schools and PA CareerLink® Bucks County will provide supportive services to participants, which could include childcare, transportation, or internet access reimbursement.
About the Bucks County Department of Workforce & Economic Development
The Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development (WED) works to ensure that the local workforce system, covering numerous agencies and multiple disciplines, meets both employers’ needs for skilled workers and workers’ career and economic advancement. It oversees and coordinates one-stop services that support employment and training through PA CareerLink® Bucks County. For more information, visit www.buckscounty.gov.
PA CareerLink® Bucks County is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For program funding details in compliance with the Stevens Amendment, please visit www.buckscounty.gov/1825/Stevens-Amendment.
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