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Female Riders Fueling the Future of Motorcycling
The Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists Announces additional Train-the-trainer scholarships in Michigan
Michigan, USA – In pursuit of the goal of doubling the number of female motorcycle riders by 2020 and beyond, the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM) established a train-the-trainer scholarship program with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and Michigan Rider Education Program. The scholarship program will allow for up to 10 WCM paid members to attend the RiderCoach Preparation course to become a certified motorcycle rider education coach. In Michigan, only 11 percent (27 of 235) of certified RiderCoaches are female.
Scholarship recipients must be paid WCM members at the $12 or above membership category and accepted into one of Michigan’s Train-the-Trainer program. The scholarship will cover up to $300 in lodging, meals and mileage for each scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, click here.
“In 2019, the WCM awarded (3) WCM members with this scholarship. That brought the number of women trainers in Michigan to 30. This is amazing. We are excited and looking forward to breaking the record this year by awarding (7) WCM members with this scholarship opportunity.” according to DP, the WCM Board Chair.
The RiderCoach Preparation Course is a minimum 80 hours of classroom and range activity. This course is periodically offered at various locations throughout the state and may be held over several consecutive days or across a few weekends. As part of this course, scholarship recipients will be required to attend and participate in every session, pass a riding-skill test and a knowledge test. Successful completion of this training will result in a RiderCoach Certification through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The MSF is a nationally recognized program that has provided the curriculum followed by all motorcycle safety training providers in the State of Michigan. Follow the links to obtain the application for the Grand Rapids Community College Motorcycle Rider Education Program. The upcoming training dates are March 19 -22 & April 2-5 or May 28-31 & June 11-14 for a total of eight (8) days each session. Click here to obtain the application for Macomb Community College – South campus. The upcoming training dates are April 17-19, 24-26, May 1- 3, & 8, 9 or May 14-17 & 28-31 (8 days).
This scholarship is geared towards experienced riders with good riding and communication skills, who may qualify to become a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCoach. Becoming an MSF RiderCoach is a great way to improve one’s own abilities while helping others to learn or enhance their riding skills.