New bill funds more career-oriented scholarships for Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Thursday, Aug. 6, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a bill, LB1008, which would provide additional funding to state colleges’ Career Scholarship Programs and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) to establish the Corrections Workforce Development Pathways program, a partnership between Peru State College and NDCS. The state colleges involved in the Career Scholarship Programs are Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State Colleges.
Dr. Paul Turman, Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, said, “the Career Scholarship and the Corrections Pathway programs offer unique opportunities for students to attain their degrees at an affordable cost while also providing the much-needed workforce for Nebraska employers.”
In its first year, the Career Scholarship Program will provide a total of one million dollars in scholarships to be awarded to students pursuing careers in critical workforce areas necessary for the continued economic growth of Nebraska. Eligible students can choose from a wide range of majors, including rangeland management, computer information systems, industrial technology, education, criminal justice, business administration, and communication, and participate in one or more program-embedded internships with participating employers. The investment made by this bill will increase the number of graduates in high-demand fields, provide affordable access to a four-year college education, and decrease debt for students in the program.
The Corrections Workforce Development Pathway represents a unique collaboration between the NDCS and Peru State College intended to address the unique workforce challenges at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. Peru State Criminal Justice students who select this program will receive scholarships and paid internships at Tecumseh, propelling them toward a career in correctional services.
“Peru State is looking forward to expanding its relationship with the Tecumseh Correctional Facility and the Nebraska Department of Corrections through this new partnership model. The College is excited to help the next generation of leaders in corrections begin here in Nebraska,” said Dr. Dan Hanson, Peru State College President.