I've received my award notice, at least in virtual form, from MCTC and am somewhat underwhelmed. I don't know what I was realistically expecting, but it amounts to about $11,000 for the standard academic year. $5,000 of this comes from theoretical work study. I don't know how well I would be able to balance that with other employment. Still it should be plenty [at this school] for tuition, fees and books/supplies. I don't know what I'll find out next week with respect to the mysterious possibility of last resort for me going part time with my present employer. I'm thinking that if they do make part time employment available to me I MAY be able to actually do this, but I will definitely need to explore private loans.
If part time with my present employer doesn't work I don't think it is happening for me this year. That doesn't mean I just roll up and give up. I'll be upset, definitely angry & probably sad too, but I don't have to give up. I can look into resources to try and take at least one of the ultimately necessary courses, ideally something that might eventually transfer to MCTC at one of the other commuter or community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system. This would all be much easier if MCTC offered more in the way of online coursework or night classes, but they don't have much. Since pretty much every class I need to take at this stage involves a lab (before I can move on to classes that don't actually have separate lab sections) that makes it that much harder to find a single class that is easy to schedule for. I can also try to look at other degree, programs but that will have to wait until tomorrow since my home iMac is pretty old and doesn't like newer .pdfs. Apparently I have a plan of sorts. That's good, right?