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Senate bill creating Michigan Reconnect Grant Act sent to Whitmer

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By Tamara Browning | Mar 21, 2020

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Sen. Ken Horne (R-Frankenmuth) in April 2019. | Ken Horne's website

A Michigan Senate bill that would establish financial aid programs for certain residents, including those seeking associate degrees, has been sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Senate Bill 268, introduced by state Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), was presented to Whitmer on March 19, according to the Michigan Legislature.

“The legislation will address our talent gap by providing a path to training for Michiganders who are 25 and older who have no post-secondary degree of any kind,” Horn posted on Facebook.

The bill creates the Michigan Reconnect Grant Act. The act would establish “certain financial aid programs for certain residents of this state seeking associate degrees or industry-recognized certificates or credentials from certain educational and jobs training programs,” according to the Michigan Legislature.

A goal is to increase to 60% by 2030 the number of residents ages 25 to 64 with a college degree, skill certificate or credential, according to the Legislature.

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