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Grants for Students in Early Childhood Education

Photo of an Early Childhood Education classroomNew and current students enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs at Nicolet College may be eligible for free tuition, books, and more through the Quest Grant from the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board.

Nicolet College Early Childhood Education Instructor Diana Rickert says, "There is an abundance of job opportunities in the field, and the need for more professionals is growing locally. Many local child care providers have mentioned the growing need for staff with credit-based education due to industry requirements.”

With strong demand for professionals in this field, Rickert adds, “If you have a passion for working with children and making a difference in your community, Early Childhood Education is a great career choice to pursue.  Many people are drawn to the fact that this career is not your traditional desk job, and every day is a bit of an adventure. As an early childhood educator, you can use your creativity daily and develop long-lasting relationships with the children in your care.”

Nicolet College offers several technical certificates, including the Family Child Care Certificate for in-home childcare, and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. The Family Child Care Certificate can provide the opportunity for someone to say home with their own children, while also being an entrepreneur and working from home.

Rickert emphasizes the vital role that grants like Quest have in supporting Nicolet College students, saying, "With the Quest Grant opportunity to potentially help with the costs associated with credit-based education, this is a great time to reach out to Nicolet College and enroll in one of the Early Childhood Education programs."

The Nicolet College spring 2024 term starts January 8, 2024. To find out more about enrolling at Nicolet College and the Quest Grant, contact the Nicolet College Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.