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Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund

 

Geer Program Overview
GEER Program Overview.

Welcome! We know that life under COVID has been extremely challenging, especially if you’ve lost your job, lost work hours, or haven’t been able to find a new job. Montgomery College is here to help. If you qualify, we have a new scholarship opportunity to help you pay for classes to learn new skills, earn a license or credential, and assist you in your job search.

Learn more about the GEER Funding opportunity in the  GEER Program Overview (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

GEER scholarship application Portal is currently closed

The GEER application portal is currently closed. The application portal will re-open October 15, 2021, to accept new applications.

If you have already submitted an eligibility form, it is being reviewed and you will receive communications from the GEER team within 3-4 weeks of your application submission.  A submission of the eligibility form does not mean you are approved for the GEER scholarship. For next steps, please follow instructions in the email communication from GEER.

 If you have any questions, you can email us at geer@montgomerycollege.edu and a program staff will respond to your inquiry. During this peak application processing time, allow 8-10 business days for a GEER staff member to respond to your inquiries. Your patience is greatly appreciated. 

GEER Background Information

The Governor of the State of Maryland has established a fund to help Maryland residents who have been impacted by COVID. This funding supports eligible individuals to enroll in workforce training classes that lead to a labor market recognized credential. In effect, these trainings will provide students with credentials and skills to quickly return to work. Montgomery College will award this funding to eligible students on a first come, first served basis while funding is available.

Services

Students may qualify for support in one or more of three areas: course tuition/fees; technology and book needs; other fees. Depending on participant needs and available resources, students may use this funding for:

  • Course tuition and fees up to $3,500 per participant
  • One-time technology and book voucher to be used for approved course(s). This one-time voucher is up to $1,000 per participant for courses 18 hours or more.
  • Other fees (for example, books, certification/licensing, testing fees) up to $500 per participant

Students may also receive additional support with career planning and education decisions, referrals  for social services, and job search services.

Sources for career guidance include:

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a current Maryland resident.
  • Be legally eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of application submission.
  • Have their employment status affected by COVID – this includes job loss, reduction in hours/pay, unstable employment, or challenges finding new employment.
  • Owe no more than $5,000 to Montgomery College.
  • Be enrolled in or ready to enroll in a GEER approved course.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis while funding is available. 

Class Locations and Types of Instruction

Notice: Some Fall classes are delivered by Structured Remote: 2-way interactive at a specific time. Some are Hybrid: a combination of Online and Face to Face. Others are Face to Face.  As COVID-19 conditions continue to change, we may transition some classes back to campus. Please check your student account to verify your class schedule, learning structure, and location as it may change. If you need to make any changes, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you have GEER specific questions contact GEER@montgomerycollege.edu

Before you Apply

  1. Review the GEER Orientation PowerPoint (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  2. Read the  GEER Program Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  3. Get your required documents ready. Here is a List of  Acceptable Documents. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  4. Choose your career area and course(s).
    1. Review the GEER Approved Courses List. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  This list is updated frequently. 
    2. Choose your career area. If you need help choosing a career area, contact the Educational Opportunity Center at MCEOC@montgomerycollege.edu
    3. Questions about a particular program of study? Contact the WDCE Program area (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    4. For GEER student advising contact, GEER@montgomerycollege.edu to request an appointment.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the GEER Eligibility Screening Formnew window. This will begin your GEER application process. If you are eligible to move forward, there will be a full GEER application later on in the process.
  2. Your eligibility screening form will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks of your submission.
  3. If you are eligible you will get an email with the link to the full application and instructions on next steps.
  4. You must complete the full GEER application, and upload all  GEER required documents (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   by the deadline to be eligible for funding.

All applications will be thoroughly reviewed. Incomplete applications can delay the review process. This application review process can take time and application volumes are high, your patience is appreciated. You will be contacted by email for follow up actions and decisions. Check your email and spam folders regularly. Respond in a timely manner to help your application process move along smoothly.

Please note, applying and submitting documents does not mean you are approved for the GEER program. If you are approved, you will receive an official award letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

This funding is for Maryland residents whose job or job search has been impacted by COVID. This means you lost a job, had your hours/pay reduced, unstable employment or have had difficulty finding a new job.

This funding is for Maryland residents whose job or job search has been impacted by COVID. This means you lost a job, had your hours/pay reduced, unstable employment, or have had difficulty finding a new job.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Maryland resident.
  • Be legally eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of the application submission.
  • Have their employment status affected by COVID - this includes a job loss, reduction in hours/pay, unstable employment, or challenges finding new employment.
  • Owe no more than $5,000 to Montgomery College.
  • Be enrolled in or ready to enroll in a GEER approved course (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

If you meet the preliminary eligibility requirements, you will be instructed to upload a copy of one document for each of these categories.

  • Current Maryland residence
  • Valid Employment authorization document

Click here for the complete list of acceptable documentation for GEER. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) There are many documents we can accept. If you do not have these documents and may have an alternative document, please let us know.

The money can be used to pay for job training classes, and required technology needs, books, and/or credential fees.  Read more about it in the  GEER Program Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
You can take GEER approved Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education courses that lead to a license or credential that will help you get employed. This funding is NOT for classes to help you earn a college degree.  Here is a complete list of GEER approved courses (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) . Make sure that we have the program you’re looking for. If you need help choosing a course or program of study, contact: EOC at MCEOC@montgomerycollege.edu or GEER at geer@montgomerycollege.edu.

If you need more information about different jobs,  Career Coach is an excellent resource. It will give you information on jobs, job outlook, careers, programs, area openings, and salaries.

Career Coach (copy entire link below to browser):
Career Coach - Welcome to Career Coach (emsicc.com)

Other resources:

Other Options:

Some classes are held remotely. Some courses meet face to face if there is a lab or clinical time required for credentials or licensing. Class locations may change as we transition back to in-person classes.  If you are a GEER participant, check your student account to verify your class schedule and location. 

We understand the situation can change quickly and Montgomery College is working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible. For more information,  see Montgomery College COVID Information

Check out the Workforce Development Schedule of Classes to see when the next courses will be offered. Or check the listing of GEER Approved courses, (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for course information.

A list of GEER approved courses (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) is provided. Check back frequently as more information on the specifics of course location, days and times will be updated within 2-3 weeks of the opening of registration. This information will also be updated on the webpage.

Other Options at Montgomery College:

  1. If you need a high school diploma to get a job, you may be interested in the GED Test Preparation Program
  2. If you speak another language and need to learn more English to earn a credential, check out the Work Plus! Job Training for English Language Learners. Work Plus Programs. 
  3. Please note; GEER does not provide funding for either GED or Work Plus!  programs.
Eligible applicants completing an application may be offered a voucher to procure technology at the MC bookstore.  Students are responsible for reviewing IT equipment guidelines and choosing what is needed to succeed in the certification course chosen.  IT guidelines are provided, and the program staff contact can assist in making IT equipment decisions. 

 You may qualify to receive help paying for books for your class or for fees to take your credential tests.

Students completing a certification training successfully can contact the GEER program to request reimbursement for exam fees.  GEER can prepay for selected types of exam fees. Exam fee payment  while funding is available. Email GEER@montgomerycollege.edu for more information. 

Students completing a certification training successfully can contact the GEER program to request reimbursement for exam fees or GEER can prepay for selected types of exam fees. Exam fee payment is available while funding is available.
This money cannot be used to pay for classes you've already completed. If you owe Montgomery College more than $5,000, you are not eligible to receive support from the GEER Program.
No. You may use only one kind of WDCE scholarship at a time.
Yes. In order to qualify for technology support, you must be enrolled in a GEER approved Montgomery College course that is 18 hours or more,  selected from the GEER approved list of courses (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
Yes. You may be able to get help with books, technology. If you've already enrolled in a class for the current semester and have been approved, you may still be qualified for tuition support.
Some certifications require only one course while others may require multiple courses. GEER follows a single certification pathway. If student is uncertain, they need to contact  GEER.
Please review GEER Program Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for a complete list of program rules and student responsibilities.
Once you submit a screening eligibility form allow 3-4 weeks for your submission to be reviewed and receive a respond. Students will be notified by email. Please check your spam folder as well.
Students receiving funding may receive a bill mailed to their residential address and in their student account. Don’t be alarmed. This is because the bill is automatically generated and sent out to students. You may email us at GEER@montgomerycollege.edu to verify that status of award payment.
Check your MC email. Instructors will send communications to your MC email. If you are having difficulties accessing your MC email you may contact the IT service desk at: https://info.montgomerycollege.edu/offices/information-technology/services/index.html

This $1,361,801 grant, awarded to Montgomery College from the U.S. Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is 100% funded from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Education Stabilization Fund Program - Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. CFDA 84.425C.   

GEER II  
This $1,007,733  grant, awarded to Montgomery College from the U.S. Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is 100% funded from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, 2021  Education Stabilization Fund Program - Governor’s Emergency Education Relief II (GEER II) Fund. CFDA 84.425C.   

 

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