FAIRFIELD COUNTY — A QuickJob Scholarships informational meeting was held recently at Midlands Technical College Fairfield County Campus.
Amy Scully, training and development director for MTC, spoke to a room full of interested applicants about the QuickJob Scholarship process and the QuickJob program.
“QuickJobs is designed for people who want to either start a new career, or for many people, to gain additional skills to advance in the career that they are currently in, and we see both,” Scully said. “GuickJob is not necessarily you get a job quickly, but you get the training quickly to prepare you for that job.”
Professions encompassed by QuickJob career folds include business management, computer technology, healthcare and human services, manufacturing and industrial and trade labor.
Scully detailed the scholarship steps: informational session, WorkKeys test, application, review, awards, orientation and advisement, supplies, background and drug tests, immunizations, classes and maintain contact.
Scully explained the drug tests and background tests are required for certain programs. She used the healthcare program as an example.
“The reason we require it for the healthcare program is to do clinicals at one of our partner facilities, they require it,” Scully said.
WorkKeys testing is also important.
If a QuickJob Scholarship applicant has not taken the WorkKeys test within the last year, they need to take the WorkKeys test again. Scully said certain programs require WorkKeys scores.
“There’s absolutely no wiggle room for WorkKeys scores,” Scully cautioned.
In addition to test scores, income and a short essay are also important criteria.
Jackie Workman, Fairfield County liaison, said she encourages applicants to practice test taking, as well as the essay portion of the application.
“I always tell them to practice online before they go,” Workman said.
Scully said when applying, it is important for applicants to remember to apply for the program they are genuinely interested in. She said it is common to receive an application for one program with an attached essay expressing enthusiasm for a completely different program.
Julie Millager, scholarship coordinator for MTC, also reminded applicants to carefully follow application instructions and complete their applications.
“The majority of people who don’t get scholarships didn’t follow these instructions,” Millager said.
The first step of the QuickJob Scholarship process is registering for an informational session, which is a mandatory part of the scholarship process.
Information about scholarships and registration can be found online at www.midlandstech.edu/financial-aid-and-tuition/quickjobs-scholarships.
The next informational meeting is July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MTC Airport Campus. Although registration is encouraged, walk-ins are allowed.