By David Madden

By David Madden

MT. LAUREL, N.J. (CBS ) —    New Jersey governor Chris Christie traveled to Burlington County College today, unveiling a new state scholarship program to help women and minorities make it in the construction trades.

The governor says the half-million-dollar program is designed to help those seeking to get into the construction industry but not seeking a full-blown, four-year degree.

Christie said the program is called NJ-GIVS, the Governor’s Industry Vocations Scholarship.

“NJ-GIVS will pay up to $2,000 per year to women and minority students who reside in New Jersey for the cost of enrollment in an NJ-GIVS-eligible certificate program at any one of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges,” the governor announced.

The money is set aside as part of the state’s overall school construction budget.  Applicants must meet eligibility guidelines, which include income limits. They also have to keep their grades up.

Eligible residents have till October 1st to apply for the first round of grants.

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