The member-funded SECU Foundation recently introduced a new scholarship program in partnership with the North Carolina Community College System – the SECU Bridge to Career Program. The educational initiative is an enhanced version of the Foundation’s former Continuing Education scholarship. It strives to help remove financial roadblocks for unemployed and underemployed students seeking careers with sustainable wages in their local communities through attendance in an NC Community College workforce development program.

The SECU Bridge to Career Program has two-tiers, a Cohort Pilot and Workforce Development scholarships. Along with 20 other community colleges in NC, Piedmont Community College (PCC) offers funding through the new Cohort Pilot program. This program has up to 30 $500 scholarships, as well as support for a designated college staff member to navigate scholarship recipients through the educational process.

“SECU members understand the importance and impact that continuing education has made for so many North Carolinians – it’s an important part of the Foundation’s ‘People Helping People®’ scholarship program,” says Jama Campbell, SECU Foundation Executive Director. “We’re very excited about enhancements that have been made in the transition to the SECU Bridge to Career Program, further helping our state and its citizens as they work to build a better economic future for themselves and their families.”

At this time, 22 scholarships have been awarded at PCC. Eight are still remaining and can assist with courses such as Cardiovascular Technician, Phlebotomy, EMT Basic, Certified Logistics Technician, Certified Production Technician, Advanced Manufacturing, and HVAC.

“Funding from partners like the SECU Foundation are vital for students in our service areas,” comments Dr. Doris Carver, Vice President, Continuing Education at PCC. “These new scholarships can help remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain a state or industry recognized credential through Workforce Development. Credentials help students be more competitive in the labor market. We are very appreciative of SECU Foundation’s support.”

For information on how to apply for the SECU Bridge to Career Program Scholarship, contact PCC’s Workforce Development team at (336) 322-2156 (Person County Campus) or (336) 694-8080 (Caswell County Campus).

About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 81 years. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare, and human services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $154 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide. Learn more at www.ncsecu.org.

Upcoming Short-Term Training at PCC
PCC offers a variety of short-term training is areas of healthcare; advanced manufacturing; career training, including HVAC and Notary Public, EMT, fire, and free small business seminars; and personal growth and on both the Person and Caswell County Campuses, as well as online. Upcoming classes include:
• Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor – February 5 (SECU Scholarship can help!)
• Free Seminar: Ready to Start a Business? 9 Key Things to Know – February 5
• Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) – February 9
• Notary Public – February 11
• Free Seminar: Knowing Your Numbers: Financing Your Small Business – February 12
• Online Ed2Go classes – begin February 13, March 13, and April 17
• Free Seminar: 7 Marketing Tips in the Age of Entrepreneurship and Innovation – February 19
• National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving – February 19
• Free Online Seminar: How to Sell on Shopify – February 26
• Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers – March 8
• Electrical Contractors Recertification – March 25

A second Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor course will be announced for the Person County Campus, as well. Visit www.piedmontcc.edu/schedule for additional course details.

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