BVU creates grant for the displaced Maytag staff

Monday, June 12, 2006

Buena Vista University this week announced the creation of a new grant that will provide $1,000 per academic year to former Whirlpool/Maytag employees who attend BVU's Newton Center. The grant will be available to those who qualify for Trade Readjustment Act (formally NAFTA) retraining money.

"All of us at Buena Vista University commend the leadership and collaboration efforts of Newton's local citizens, businesses and government officials in rallying together following the planned closing of the Maytag plant," said BVU President Fred Moore.

Students who are former Maytag employees with an associate's degree or 60 hours of course work and who qualify for the retaining funds will also receive a $1,000 grant from BVU that is renewable for a second year. "This essentially means former Maytag employees can earn a bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University for free," explained BVU Newton Center Director Scott Stanton. "We are proud to be the first college in Iowa to offer a grant to former Maytag employees."

Since the inception of its centers extension campus program more than 30 years ago, Storm Lake-based BVU has been committed to producing graduates who are teaching in local schools, managing local businesses, making their communities safer and more livable, and improving their area's economic outlook by making it more attractive to industry.

For more information about BVU's Maytag grant, Contact Stanton at (641)791-1750.

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