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Michigan Reconnect ‘a life changer’ for former Macomb County woman – Macomb Daily

Shelby Essenmacher always thought obtaining a college education and a fulfilling career with a good paycheck were out of her reach. She had faced significant challenges throughout her life, including time in the foster care system and living on her own while trying to graduate from high school.

That was before the grad of Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township learned about the Michigan Reconnect scholarship program.

Michigan Reconnect is the largest effort in state history to ensure Michiganders who are 25 or older and do not have a college degree have an opportunity to earn an associate degree or skills certificate with free or deeply-discounted tuition.

Essenmacher, 30, of Detroit, is taking advantage of the program to pursue an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing degree at Wayne County Community College District.

“This is a life changer,” Essenmacher said. “I can now seriously go after my dream of becoming a nurse without worrying about the cost of tuition, which has always been a major obstacle preventing me from going back to school. Reconnect has cleared a pathway for me to achieve my education and career goals.”

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