Davenport University announced it will offer all General Motors (GM) employees directly impacted by the plant closures in Michigan up to an $8,000 scholarship toward a degree or 20 percent off of professional development courses. In addition, the University is offering complimentary career services for the next year, including career assessments and career transition strategies.
“These individuals are our friends and neighbors, and with campuses in Warren and Detroit, we are in a strong position to offer support during this time of transition,” said Davenport University President, Dr. Richard Pappas. “We stand ready to provide the professional development, education and career services to help them quickly take the next step in their career.”
The scholarship will support GM employees looking to earn an advanced degree, finish a bachelor’s degree or take additional accreditation programs to enhance their skills. The Davenport University Career Services Department also will offer career assessments and transition strategies, as well as training for interviews and resume and cover letter development. In addition to this one-on-one training, the university’s career services team will host workshops for these individuals throughout the year.
GM announced in late November plans to close five plants in 2019, including Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and Warren transmission operations plant, as well as plants in Ontario, Ohio and Maryland.
GM employees interested in taking advantage of the scholarship will need to provide employment verification including a recent pay stub, a letter from GM verifying employment or a copy of their employee badge. Impacted GM employees will have the ability to take advantage of the scholarship for up to two years (Fall 2021) after the plant’s expected closure in 2019 and will continue to receive the scholarship until graduation.
For more information, visit davenport.edu/generalmotors.