Insert Charlie Brown Peanuts-like laughter here….
2.6 mil breaks down to about 5 grand per person.
This is NO different than the money that the state gives every laid off worker to “retrain” for a job.
And what’s hideous: what kind of retraining do you suggest for s somebody who is upper management or a highly trained scientific worker with a masters’ degree or better? When you have a masters degree or more, retrain for a career in doing what?
This is a bandaid that our illustrious state started to hand out nearly 5 years ago when the economy started to go bad.
And this is really no big deal: the only thing the grant supports is tuition. Books, fees and other expenses are up to you — and that’s a stretch for somebody who is not working.
The money can only be used in a state-operated school or a community college. So forget using the money to be a paralegal, reflexologist, massage therapist. You also cannot take courses in any ole thing; it has to be for a “career in demand” — and that list in itself is a great big fallacy, like Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and The Tooth Fairy.
Teaching/education is still on that list. Many many teachers are out of work, and that includes the kid accross the street from me who graduated last June. He can find job as an aide only and it’s a contract job.