Futures for Frontliners Program Logs 60,000 Applicants in Two Weeks

The Futures for Frontliners program, which has the goal of providing tuition-free college and technical training for essential workers, has reached 60,000 applicants in its first two weeks.

Jeff Donofrio, Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, said, “Good paying jobs and a stronger Michigan economy require more of us to have an education beyond high school. The strong interest in Futures for Frontliners shows us that Michiganders are ready to build a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their loved ones. With the economic uncertainty that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic and the thousands of high-skilled jobs going unfilled, there’s no better time to add new skills.” 

The state’s goal is to have 60% of the state’s workforce gain an industry recognized certificate or college degree by 2030. Virtual Town Hall sessions are scheduled to answer questions about Futures for Frontliners and explain how essential workers can take advantage of the program. The Southeast Michigan session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. More information can be found at michigan.gov/Frontliners.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland