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Futures for Frontliners | Manufacturing Workers

Many of our manufacturers were essential during the pandemic!

Manufacturing Growth Alliance is on a mission to help Michigan’s manufacturers upskill their frontline pandemic workers through the Future for Frontliners Program. Employers who have staff that worked on the front lines are encouraged to share this opportunity with their team.

The program is a great option for those who served on the frontlines of the pandemic and who are hoping to build on their education and training to make higher wages and ultimately fill the needs of their communities.

Future for Frontliners offers free tuition to individuals who worked in essential industries during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown but do not have college degrees. It covers the cost of associate degrees, certificates and high school equivalency exam.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a Michigan resident

  • Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 to June 30, 2020

  • Have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 – June 30, 2020

  • Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree

  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan

Applications are open now through Dec. 31, with students eligible to start classes in January. For more information about the program, visit

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) champions, serves, and advocates for Michigan’s small manufacturers. MGA provides services that drive solutions that will make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation. For more information or to become a member, visit

This is a great opportunity for manufacturers to encourage their teams to acquire new skills that will support the evolving manufacturing industry.

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