The coronavirus has upended the school year, and our college-bound youth have been left wondering what their future will look like come September. From graduation to financial aid and decision deadlines, where to look for next steps can be overwhelming.

For students with an interest in manufacturing, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association’s Education Foundation is offering scholarships of $2,000 to help students get the training they need to become successful in the field. Students of all ages enrolled in a variety of manufacturing programs at colleges, universities, and trade schools in Minnesota are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by April 15, and the form can be filled out online or downloaded on the Education Foundation website.

Other scholarship opportunities include Workforce Development Scholarships, which are offered to students starting a manufacturing program at one of the 30 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State. Scholarships for students studying other high-demand fields, such as agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education, and transportation, are also available.

The Center’s Great Jobs project has studied in-demand fields like those mentioned above, and our research concludes that many of these career paths result in lifetime earnings as much as 61 percent higher than those of four-year degree holders.

Visit here to view our latest round of videos that highlight the stories of young Minnesotans who work in Great Jobs that more people should be talking about.

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