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F.I.S.H. helping to strengthen work force skills through education

By Staff | Aug 14, 2019

Many who enroll in continuing education programs make time to attend classes because they understand higher education provides a pathway to upward mobility and improving the future of themselves and their families.

“Adult education can be a path toward higher earning potential and financial security,” F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said. “It can lend to stronger communities, putting adults on sustainable paths for success.”

Through its Adult Education Scholarship Program, F.I.S.H. aims to assist adults who choose to pursue higher education opportunities and improve their careers. The program assists with tuition, materials, fees and more for educational purposes with the hope of increasing professional marketability, developing new skills and/or attaining certifications necessary for career transitions or promotion.

“I meet with many individuals that are under-employed because they lack a certain degree or skill set. They feel ‘stuck’ in a job that will never advance them to where they want to be. As their case manager, I am happy to assist through this program,” Nitza Lopez, with F.I.S.H., said. “We have had many applicants graduate from programs including RN, medical assistant, education and more, and they’ve moved into a job they are passionate about.”

Assistance for the two programs is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and eligibility and amounts vary depending on participant’s financial status. Funding is limited, and assistance may cover only a portion of the program cost.

For more information, contact Monroe or Nitza Lopez at 239-472-4775.