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Scholarships available to jobless

If you have lost your job, State Rep. Mary Littleton and the Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson are offering some hope.

Littleton has formed a scholarship committee through the technology center and established a $25,000 fund to help recently unemployed residents in Dickson and Cheatham counties who need to be retrained to secure new employment. The scholarships are designed to be used in conjunction with state and federal financial aid and cover a year of tuition, books, supplies and uniforms, with the option of reapplying for a second year of aid.

“Given the high stress from being unemployed, every opportunity must be made so that local families can meet their required expenses and get back into the workforce,” Littleton said. “I am happy to provide the scholarships so that individuals get the training or retraining they need in order to secure new employment and ultimately their families’ futures.

“These scholarships will help citizens of my district upgrade their skills as they prepare to re-enter a changing economy where employers are demanding more specialized skills and knowledge,” Littleton said. “A highly skilled workforce is key to retaining and attracting employers who want to grow their business in our community.”

The deadline for applications is March 10. Applications are available at the:

Technology Center main campus at 740 Highway 46 South, Dickson, TN 37055

Tennessee Technology Center website at http://www.ttcdickson.edu/document-center

Dickson County Career Center, 250 Beasley Drive, Dickson, TN 37055; phone 615.441-6210.

Cheatham County Career Center, 202 North Main Street, Ashland City, TN 37015; phone 615.792.2520.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must meet the following requirements:

Be a resident of either Dickson County or Cheatham County.

Be an existing TTC Dickson student or a newly enrolling student.

Submit a Littleton Scholarship Application.

Submit documentation that s/he has been made unemployed/underemployed due to no fault of their own.

Submit a statement outlining retraining needed to secure employment.

Apply and be accepted for enrollment in a program at any of TTC Dickson’s campuses, including online. (Individual programs may have additional entrance requirements. Immediate enrollment may be delayed due to a program’s waiting list.)

Apply for state and federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Be committed to completion of the occupational program.

a. If a newly enrolling student, submit a letter of recommendation from a previous employer that includes a positive statement about the applicant’s work history.

b. If an existing TTC Dickson student, submit a letter of recommendation from instructor addressing student’s grades and work ethic.

Littleton has appointed residents from Dickson and Cheatham counties to the scholarship selection committee. For more information, contact Tennessee Technology Center Assistant Director Warner Taylor at 615.441.6220.

The Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson, with satellite campuses at Ashland City, Clarksville, Fairview and Franklin, is one of 27 technology centers governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The institution serves students in Dickson and seven surrounding counties with 20 full-time and special industry programs.

State Rep. Mary Littleton (at left) and Tennessee Technology Center Director Mark Powers look over school cost and financial aid information, making plans for the Littleton Scholarship program.

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