LINCROFT, NJ – For the first time, eligible students will be able to use federal Pell Grants to help pay for short-term career training programs at Brookdale Community College.

Under a pilot program sponsored by the U.S Department of Education (ED), students can now receive financial aid for five non-credit training and certificate programs that can lead to careers in some of Monmouth County’s fastest growing industries.

“These programs provide the practical knowledge and clinical training needed to start a career in an in-demand field in the Monmouth County region,” said Marie Lucier Woodruff, dean of Outreach, Business and Community Development at Brookdale. “This initiative will allow even more residents to take advantage of them, regardless of their financial circumstances.”

On Aug. 21 the Brookdale Board of Trustees approved the courses as part of the ED’s Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI), a pilot program that allows select colleges to test new methods for distributing federal grants and student loans.

Beginning this September, eligible students can use Pell Grants to help pay for career programs in Medical Coding, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Medical Assistant Certification. Brookdale’s MRI Advanced Level Certificate program and Hemodialysis Technician program will be eligible for financial aid in January 2015.

All five programs train students for growing career fields in Monmouth County. The six-month medical coding course, for example, prepares students to work in an industry that is expected to grow by 27 percent through 2020, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International. The median pay rate for medical coders is more than $16.50 per hour.

For more information call Brookdale’s Outreach, Business & Community Development division at 732-224-2315 or visit http://continuinged.brookdalecc.edu.

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