De Winfrey studies in the Learning Resource Center on NPCC's South Campus. Winfrey went back to school in her 40s thanks to the Bridge Grant Program.
Applications are now being accepted for the Bridge Grant Program at North Platte Community College.
The idea behind the program is to prepare adults for entry or re-entry into the workforce by teaching them specific skill sets that improve their chances of obtaining employment or increasing wages.
The program targets non-traditional students, low-income individuals and GED recipients. Scholarship money is available for qualified applicants.
"We are very excited about this program because it offers students an opportunity to gain a credential from our college at minimum expense and to gain employment in highly skilled job areas that are in demand in our community," said Teresa Piccolo, Bridge Grant Program coordinator.
This year, a Medical Office Technology certificate and a PC Support Services diploma are being offered through the Bridge Grant Program.
The Medical Office Technology certificate provides the necessary entry level requirements in business, office technology and interpersonal skills for a successful career as a medical office assistant.
The PC Support Services diploma is a specialization designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to troubleshoot and solve computer hardware and software problems.
Bridge Grant students transition into a college setting gradually. The 10-month program begins with a summer class, during which students learn about college expectations and form a support group with their peers.
Bridge Grant students follow a strict attendance policy, have a study lab twice a week, are required to job shadow, learn about career expectations, participate in an etiquette lunch, receive help with résumés and cover letters and sit through mock job interviews. They must maintain a "C" average to stay in the program.
The deadline to apply for the Bridge Grant Program is May 13. More information is available through Piccolo's office, 535-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.