Workforce development scholarships offered

A new scholarship program offers assistance to employers in providing additional education and training to their employees.

Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College have joined with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in offering workforce development scholarships.

“Many employers that previously offered tuition assistance as a benefit to employees have been forced to cut back due to economic conditions and rising health insurance costs,” said Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. “This program gives employers the flexible assistance  they need to invest in ongoing education for their workers, which benefits them, their employees and the community.”

Tim Foster, president of Colorado Mesa University, said the scholarship program will help the region. “At CMU, we’re constantly looking for ways to partner with the community and improve the educational attainment of the region.”

The Grand Junction Chamber Workforce Development Scholarship will cover up to 25 percent of in-state tuition for up to six credit hours a semester. The scholarship is open to all employers in the CMU service area  — regardless of whether or not they are members of the chamber — to help workers upgrade and update their skills.

As part of the partnership, employers may sponsor  employees in expanding their skills through courses taken at CMU and WCCC, including courses offered in Montrose, during the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information or to sign up for the program, visit gjchamber.org/forms/WorforceDevScholarship071814.pdf or call Kris Calvin in the CMU admissions office at 248-1458.