In honor of its 55th anniversary, EmploymentGroup announced its “5 in 5” scholarship program for Michigan-based community college students.
For each of the next five years, beginning with the current academic year, three winning students will be named recipients of the scholarships totaling $5,000.
“Most importantly, it helps us fulfill our mission of helping people succeed,” said EmploymentGroup CEO Mark Lancaster. “We feel that the community colleges are such an important part of talent development in Michigan and we wanted to help some of those students over the next few years.”
In applying for — and, ultimately, using the funds — students will be encouraged to consider creative ways to enhance their ability to make an effective impact in today’s workplace.
Lancaster said he hopes the program will help students think beyond the four-year college degree track and consider skilled trade careers, which he said are of the utmost importance for Michigan’s economic future.
“I think they are hugely important,” he said. “It’s all about advanced manufacturing. With the median age group of some of the skilled trade workers now that are moving rapidly toward retirement, I think it’s absolutely important. There is a definite gap for those skilled-trades people.”
Students enrolled at a Michigan-based community college who have successfully completed 30 hours of schooling are invited to enter the “’5 in 5” contest at employmentgroup.com/5in5 or at facebook.com/employmentgroup.
Applications for the 2013-14 academic year can be submitted through Dec. 31.
The company will select each year’s winners based on an essay submission, teacher and community recommendations, and overall student academic achievement.
Students are encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of “helping people succeed,” explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others succeed.
Lancaster said he hopes other businesses will follow EmploymentGroup’s lead.
“I think for us to support our most viable resource and keep kids in the state of Michigan is so important,” Lancaster said. “My message to other businesses is to consider doing something small on their own as well.”