Lansing Community College Offers Money Back Guarantee


Michigan college’s novel job training approach

Wouldn’t it be nice if all colleges and universities refunded your tuition if you couldn’t find a job after completing your studies?

college studentsThat’s exactly what Lansing Community College is offering students who take its Get a Skill, Get a Job program. The school’s intensive six-week program is designed to prepare students to acquire new skills is one of four areas: Quality Assurance Inspector, Pharmacy Technician Associate, Customer Service/Call Center Specialist or CNS Machinist.

Guaranteed Training

Once students have completed their studies, they’ll be given 12 months to find a job in their field. If after that time their good faith efforts to find work haven’t paid off then LCC will refund the cost of their training which runs between $2150 to $2500 and includes books and supplies.

The LCC program helps students in other ways by requiring that half of their school costs be paid up front with the other half paid in monthly installments once they find work. Students are not eligible for federal financial aid due to the short length of each program, but with LCC offering a money-back guarantee one important area of risk is removed.

Applicant Screening

LCC will be rolling out their program on May 17 and concluding same on June 28. Today is the last day for applicants to apply with notifications sent on April 20 to students whose applications are accepted. Students will still need to be interviewed and screened by the college with program acceptance notifications announced on May 7.

Once students are accepted they’ll be given until May 11 to sign their contracts and make their up front payments. The day after the training is complete, June 29, LCC will hold a job fair to connect grads with potential employers with a graduation ceremony held on June 30.

Program Minimums

LCC says that a minimum number of students, 12, must be enrolled in a program in order for it to be held, capping each class at 15 or 16 students depending on the program. Students will be required to attend class daily and will need to complete all of their assignments in order to receive certification.

Lansing is probably an ideal place to offer such an arrangement given that the rust belt city is suffering through high unemployment, which was pegged at 11.7 percent recently. According to the April 7, 2010 issue of “Time,” the 30,000 student school is looking for more students, a likely outcome given all of the favorable news related to this program.

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