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POTTSTOWN PA – More than 70 people who lost jobs in the current recession registered late last month for courses at Montgomery County Community College, taking advantage of its offer to provide up to 12 credits of education free for those who wanted career re-training.

Under its Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), supported by the county Workforce Investment Board, the college agreed during registrations Jan. 21 (2009) to provide 543 free credit hours of learning during the spring 2009 semester at its campuses in Pottstown and Blue Bell.

Applicants had to be county residents who were laid off from permanent, full-time employment after Sept. 1, 2008, and who first applied for state CareerLink funding and financial aid. TAP waivers were applied to any of the college’s programs and courses.

Of TAP-eligible students who registered for spring courses, nine enrolled in certificate programs and 12 enrolled in associate degree programs. Most popular areas of study include business and accounting, computer science, engineering, education, health sciences and liberal studies. Students came from all areas of employment, including manufacturing, information technology, automotive technology and business, among others, and ranged in age from 20-63, the college reported.

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