Students at Lake Superior College in Duluth will have access to scholarships of $2,500 or more for workforce development, thanks to a $7 million appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature.

Of the $7 million, $62,500 was set aside specifically for LSC students, according to Daniel Fanning, director of institutional advancement, marketing and public and government relations for LSC.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Devinder Malhotra visited the Duluth campus Monday as part of a statewide tour to announce the scholarships, which are for students pursuing careers in high-demand fields, such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology, early childhood education and transportation.

“As I have traveled around the state, a theme that I consistently hear from employers is that Minnesota is facing a critical shortage of workers with the skills needed for high-demand occupations,” Malhotra said in a news release.

“Workforce Development Scholarships have proven to be an effective tool for attracting students into these fields and helping them find a path towards a satisfying and well-paying career.”

The appropriation comes after a successful pilot program during that awarded $1 million in scholarships to nearly 400 students systemwide during the 2018-19 academic year, according to the news release.