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EAC to offer technical programs waivers through its Carl Perkins grant

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EAC to offer technical programs waivers through its Carl Perkins grant

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College’s Carl Perkins Grant, funded by the Arizona Department of Education, provides secondary and postsecondary institutions with funding to support career and technical programs. In the past, EAC has utilized this funding to purchase supplies and equipment for its Allied Health, Industrial Technology Education, Nursing, and Sports Medicine Programs.

While the college will continue to fund occupational programs, Janice Lawhorn, Ph.D., EAC Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, has allocated monies to provide economically disadvantaged students with tuition and book waivers to assist them in completing their occupational certificate or degree at EAC.

Displaced homemakers, single parents, non-traditional students (enrolled in certain programs based on the student’s gender), students with limited English proficiency, and/or students with a disability may qualify for this opportunity.

The waivers are intended for those students, both current and former, who are within 12 credits of completion of their certificate or degree and will provide a maximum $160 tuition waiver (6 credits) and/or a maximum $200 book waiver. Applicants are allowed one waiver per semester and can reapply in subsequent semesters. Waivers are limited and will be made available until September 30, 2013, or until funds have been exhausted.

“Students may not be able to complete their education for a variety of reasons and it’s essential we assist them in meeting their educational goals,” said Lawhorn. “Our intention is to capture those students who have challenges beyond that of the average student. If the only thing limiting them is their finances, then we want to be able to provide them some financial relief.”

Current or former students interested in receiving a waiver should contact Gayrene Claridge, EAC Job Placement and Occupational Advising Supervisor at (928) 428-8341, or toll free at (800) 678-3808, ext. 8341, or by email at Gayrene Claridge.