Financial Assistance for Nurse Aide

NC Job Driven Initiative Grant (JDI)

NCWorks Job-Driven Initiative is a grant based program and involves the collaboration of the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board and Piedmont Community College.  The goal is to provide education and training for entry-level jobs to dislocated workers that address the needs of employers for Caswell and Person County residents.  These funds may assist with registration fees, books, tools, required supplies, state-exam fees, and mileage. Students seeking financial assistance must successfully complete Orientation to Healthcare (see schedule below).

Project Skill-Up Pathways (PSUP)

Project Skill-Up Pathways is a grant provided by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for Caswell or Person County residents who have been affected by the decline in the tobacco industry.  The grant pays up to $250 towards registrations fees, books, required supplies, and state-exam fees.  Students seeking financial assistance must successfully complete Orientation to Healthcare (see schedule below).

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a federally funded program for low income adults and dislocated workers enrolled or wishing to enroll in occupational training through Curriculum or Continuing Education. These funds may assist with registration fees, books, tools, required supplies, state-exam fees, and childcare.

Applicant must be 18 years or older and a US citizen or eligible non-citizen. To apply, students must complete a WIOA application, assessment tests, and provide eligibility verification.

Golden LEAF Scholarship Program

The Golden LEAF Scholarship offers reimbursement of up to $250 towards a continuing education class that leads to a state or national credential and is at least 96 hours in length. Students must be residents of Caswell or Person Counties, meet income requirements, complete an application, and provide required documentation and receipts.

Download the Golden LEAF Application

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Scholarship

The SECU Scholarship offers reimbursement of $750 towards a continuing education class that leads to a state or national credential and is at least 96 hours in length.  Students must apply for the scholarship prior to beginning the class.  Upon successful completion, their application will be reviewed for selection.  Applications are reviewed in November and April annually.  

Download the SECU Scholarship Application

Contact Information

For more information on any of the above services, please contact Lori Watlington, Associate Director Workforce Development.  Successful completion of Orientation to Healthcare is required for students applying for financial assistance (excluding scholarships). 

Lori Watlington, Associate Director Workforce Development
(336) 694-8080


Orientation to Healthcare









8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

K. Peterson







9 a.m. - 4 p.m.



K. Peterson


 *Dates are subject to change.

  • Is the healthcare field for you?
  • Do you need financial assistance to pay for Allied Healthcare classes?
  • Do you want to improve your reading and math skills so you’re more successful in your classes? 

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then Orientation to Healthcare is for you!  The class is 36 hours in length and FREE of charge for unemployed or underemployed individuals.  Students who are seeking financial assistance are required to complete an Orientation to Healthcare class. 

In order to reserve your seat, pre-registration is required. Contact Workforce Development on the Person or Caswell Campus.

Caswell County Campus:  (336) 694-8064
Person County Campus:  (336) 322-2133
Workforce Training Center/Person:  (336) 599-4620
or email:      


Fees and Policy
Registration and Paying for Courses

Welcome and thank you for choosing Piedmont Community College for your Continuing Education and Workforce Development needs. In this section you will find information regarding registration fees, refund policy, and repeat policy. You will also find a link to our course schedules.


Registration fees are established in compliance with North Carolina law and vary according to the type and length of course. Current registration fees are:

Occupational Extension Course Fee Schedule:
0-24 hours, $70;
25-50 hours, $125; and
51+ hours, $180.  

Self Supporting Courses
Self Supporting course fees vary. Please consult the course schedule for registration fees. Tuition waivers may not be used for Self Supporting courses.

Refund Policy

A student who officially withdraws from a course prior to the first day of class, will be eligible for a 100 percent refund, if requested. Classes that are canceled do not require a request from a student for a refund and will be refunded at 100 percent. A 75 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from the course on the first day of the course, or prior to the official 10 percent point, if requested. No refund is available after the 10 percent point. In order to receive a refund, the student must officially withdraw from the class.

Repeat Policy

State regulations require that students who take an Occupational Extension course more than twice within a five-year period shall pay a registration fee based on self-supporting rates, not the Occupational Extension Fee Schedule. For a job-related course taken more than twice in a five-year period, students must pay for the course at the higher self-supporting rate, unless the student is required to repeat the course for certification or license renewal.

Continuing Education Course Schedule