By Stu Crair
The City of Fort Collins (CFC) and Digital Workshop Center (DWC) have announced a $10,000 partnered scholarship opportunity for the residents of Fort Collins. Named the ‘Community Development Scholarship’, the goal of this scholarship is to “help individuals and professionals to close the technology skills gaps that may exist in the Fort Collins workplace.”
Awards for this scholarship will be primarily divided amongst several sections of the local workforce: non-profits, teachers/educators, job seekers/unemployed/under-employed, and business professionals seeking career transition.
The City of Fort Collins’ Economic Health Office has generously provided $5,000 of scholarship funds to be distributed. In addition, Digital Workshop Center is matching this $5,000 amount for a total award of scholarship funds available set at $10,000. Award amounts will range from $250 to $1000 per individual.
“As more educational and work opportunities require technology skills, the City and Digital Workshop Center are excited to partner to provide educational access to a broader segment of our community,” said Jacqueline Kozak-Thiel, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Fort Collins. “We want to ensure that we’re bridging the financial gap for those in our community who are seeking personal improvement and upward skills mobility.”
According to Stu Crair, owner of Digital Workshop Center, this scholarship “is designed to help as many people as possible within our local community who are seeking to improve their technology skills. There is a serious skills gap between the local workforce and the companies hiring in Fort Collins. We hope this scholarship will help improve the talent of the local applicant pool as our city continues to grow.”
The application process will begin on November 1st and close on December 1st. Interested applicants may apply online at DigitalWorkshopCenter.com/scholarship
. A panel of DWC staff and local professional development experts will review all applications and final decisions made in mid-December.
Complete rules and requirements for eligibility are listed on the scholarship website page.
Founded in 2006, Digital Workshop Center is a locally-owned private occupational school, Adobe Authorized Training Center, and coworking hub with locations in Fort Collins, Denver, and online. DWC offers professional development and training classes on design software programs, desktop applications, business solutions and advanced computer training concepts.
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