I agree that not nearly enough emphasis was put on vocational education. For instance, I have a degree in accounting, which I am not able to use because I am disabled. I am on a fixed income. I am now a housewife. A dirty job. But my husband went to a votech in high school for electrical, and along the way got into unlicensed plumbing. He did that in commercial buildings for 10 years. Then he did retail plumbing positions for 5. The economy hit, no one was building houses, and he lost his job for 2 years. Then we started our own janitorial company and are cleaning post offices. Another dirty job. But the U.S. Senate has decided to scale back post office funding and has decided to get rid of post office annex cleaning contracts, thereby eliminating half of our income. We are not allergic to dirty work. But it seems that everyone around here is allergic to hiring people in this economy. We are making new jobs for ourselves, but we keep getting laid off.
We have some money set aside that would allow my husband to learn a new trade and we would like to take advantage of your scholarship programs, but they all seem for those exiting high school or going into college. We also live in a rural area with only a small college available. Is there any scholarship programs that you have for those that have to make a vocational change mid-life in the heartland?