WorkForce Central has partnered with Palmer Scholars to offer mentorship and scholarships to young adults who want to pursue post-secondary education, including certificate training, two-year college and technical school.

With funding from WorkForce Central, the new Palmer Pathways Initiative will seek out young adults aged 16 to 24 who are not in school or working. Tuition and fees will be covered while the students are in school, and Palmer Scholars will provide a mentor for each — ideally, someone who works in the industry that student is pursuing.

The Palmer Pathways Initiative differs from Palmer Scholars typical offerings in that it includes trade schools instead of a standard four-year university pathway and recruits disengaged youth as opposed to current high school seniors. Like other Palmer Scholars initiatives, it focuses on first generation students and students of color

“With a significant number of jobs currently available and projected growth in all key sectors, it is imperative that we, as a community, support all of our young adults to gain the necessary skills to fully participate in the labor market. Palmer Scholars’ proven model will help us reach this goal,” WorkForce Central CEO Linda Nguyen said.

In its first year, the Palmer Pathways Initiative will serve 15 students, with plans to increase that number the following year.

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