PCC receives Project Skill-Up grant

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) has received a Project Skill-Up grant to assist Person and Caswell County residents who have been negatively affected by the decline in the tobacco industry. The $25,000 grant will provide educational assistance to students who are seeking to update their work skills through the Project Skill-Up program offered at PCC. The grant was received through the N.C. Community Colleges and was funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  

Qualified students may receive up to $500 to be used for tuition, books, and fees. Fees for transportation costs will not be available. Angie Webb, Director, Human Resource Development (HRD) programs at PCC, expects most Project Skill-Up students will participate in the College’s new Workforce Certification Academy. This program is the only one in North Carolina to offer the entire Certified Production Technology Technician program, a program that provides training for national certification in the areas of safety awareness, manufacturing processes, quality practices, and maintenance awareness. 

Other students may also opt for other short-term training offered at PCC in programs such as EMT, Paramedic Training, Certified Nurse Assistant or other programs.  

The latest grant is the third Project Skill-Up award received by PCC. The first, received in 2009, was for $50,000 and was followed by a second award in the amount of $40,000. To date, the College’s Project Skill-Up program has served 130 individuals. Of these, 97 completed programs, and 63 were employed.      

In its Project Skill-Up program, PCC works with Job Link Career Centers, the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, two Chambers of Commerce, Cooperative Extension Services, and other community agencies for outreach and recruitment. HRD/WIA staff serve as recruiters and make enrollment referrals of individuals who meet the criteria of having been displaced by the decline in the tobacco industry. PCC hopes to serve 40 students as the result of its latest Project Skill-Up grant. 

For more information, contact Jeanette Godsey at (336) 599-1181, ext. 2133 or godseyj@piedmontcc.edu.