Five Piedmont Community College students have been recognized as State Employee Credit Union (SECU) Continuing Education Scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year. Recipients included Linda Garrick, Tasha Hamlett, Mandy Keith, Heather King, and Amy Purnell. The SECU scholarships are a new initiative designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens by providing short-term job training for new careers or retraining. Each recipient received a $750 scholarship to assist with course registration fees and certification expenses.
“These SECU scholarships provide financial assistance to our Continuing Education students and are a tremendous way to support these students who are training for new careers and using their new skills and training to gain employment in our communities,” said Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President. “We are grateful to SECU for its support of a segment of students who frequently do not have access to traditional scholarship opportunities. Many of these students are displaced workers who can certainly benefit from this support. We thank SECU for recognizing this need and offering this scholarship program.”
SECU provided the scholarships for students at all 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, making an initial commitment of $435,000.
Thomas Thompson, Branch Manager, SECU, Yanceyville Branch, presented PCC Continuing Education student Linda Garrick a SECU scholarship in the amount of $750. Pictured are, from left: Thompson and Garrick with Shelly Stone, Provost, PCC Caswell County Campus; and Lori Watlington, Program Assistant Continuing Education. Garrick completed the Certified Nursing Assistant I course during Fall semester and is interviewing for nursing assistant positions in the Caswell County area. Not pictured are SECU scholarship recipients Tasha Hamlett, Mandy Keith, Heather King, and Amy Purnell.