Scholarships available for students in health and public services, early childhood education

Published by The Bee News

December 21, 2023

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College students have the opportunity to earn the Home and Community Based Services Scholarship offered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). The scholarship may help students cover the cost of tuition, books, course fees, and other resources students may need to be successful in their educational journey.    

MCC has been awarded $1.4 million over a two-year period to provide scholarships and tuition assistance to students who are considering enrolling in the approved programs. Students who are pursuing a degree in Registered Nursing, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assisting, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Social and Behavioral Science, Healthcare Information Technician, Substance Abuse Counseling, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, or a CPR-certificate are eligible for the scholarship. 

“MCC is excited about this opportunity. Not only do we get to provide financial support to learners who may not be able to attend college, we also get to collaborate with the other great community colleges in Arizona,” said Dr. June Weiss, Dean of Health and Public Services. “This collaborative effort means a strong and consistent Home and Community Based Services workforce can be developed that provides safe and quality care for Arizonans.”  

Maricopa Community College District is leading the statewide collaborative partnership with Arizona’s 10 community college districts that will focus on career development, education, and training of the state’s long-term care and behavioral health workforces. 

AHCCCS was awarded $25.7 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Section 9817 funding to support the ARP Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Workforce Development Career Education and Training initiative. This initiative aims to increase the number of individuals who join the workforce to pursue health care careers while decreasing the number of workers who leave the field. 

Arizona intends to leverage this unprecedented opportunity to implement initiatives that enhance and strengthen home and community-based services and its workforce while promoting ongoing access to care. AHCCCS has proposed implementing various initiatives to bolster the workforce through recruitment, retention and financial assistance strategies. 

Through this partnership, Arizona will be able to create an environment where individuals can pursue meaningful careers in health care services while ensuring access to quality care throughout the state. 

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply, visitwww.mohave.edu/hcbs-scholarship. Not a student? Apply for free today at Apply.mohave.edu. MCC is now enrolling for the 2024 Spring and Summer semesters. Spring classes begin January 8 and Summer classes begin May 28. To learn more about MCC’s degrees and certificates, as well as non-credit offerings, visit Mohave.edu/areas-of-interest

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