Education financing topic Hi-Ed Council workshop

“Funding Your Future,” a new workshop for adults interested in learning about education financing and career development resources, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Warren-Forest Higher Education Council facility, located on the Warren State Hospital grounds.

During the event, several non-profit and state agencies will provide information on locally available funds and other important considerations for education and training planning.

While the workshop is free, reservations are requested by calling 723-3577. Employers and non-profit staff are also welcome to attend, as a significant amount of the information will be applicable to broad audiences.

“Although many excellent programs and resources are available through the Warren County School District for in-school youth and staff regarding scholarships and financial aid,” said Abby Skinner, manager of Jamestown Community College’s Warren Center, “adults looking for education funding do not always know where to start or the variety of options available. This workshop is a unique opportunity to gain perspective on how to access some of the great resources in this county.”

The workshop will begin with a presentation by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency on federal and state financial aid, grants, and student loan programs. Core components needed for applications, along with examples and a question and answer session will be featured.

Rachel Phillips, JCC’s senior financial aid assistant, will provide tools and tips on sound financial planning that can help individuals better assess and manage budgeting. Information on scholarships for eligible Warren County residents will be distributed.

Linda DeJoseph, a career counselor and academic advisor, will discuss how education choices may be considered within the context of local labor markets, transfer options, and wage potential. Through support of the Warren Forest Higher Education Council, DeJoseph will be available to schedule one-on-one counseling sessions open to all community members.

Appointments for general education and career advisement, ranging from professional development to advanced degrees, that are not exclusive to JCC will also be available. Details on upcoming education and training programs as well as Hi-Ed Council scholarship applications will be provided.

PA CareerLink – Warren County representatives will present an overview of the one-stop employment system. The PA CareerLink includes connections for adults and dislocated workers, including individual training accounts, on-the-job training funds, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation programs, Veteran Representative and Department of Public Welfare services, and other state resources.

Participants will have time to ask questions with all of the presenters and schedule appointments for areas of interest.

Earlier in the day, JCC employment development specialist Rita Freeborough will present “Tap Into the Hidden Job Market and Beyond.” The workshop begins at 1p.m. at the Hi-Ed Council facility. Pre-registration is required; call 723-3577.