ASHEBORO (August 1, 2017)
Randolph Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division has received funding from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation for 10 Continuing Education scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. Ten students will be eligible for scholarships of $750 each. This is the fifth year that the SECU Foundation has provided these scholarship funds to RCC.
The SECU Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship Program is designed to remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
Regina Brewer, director of public safety programs at RCC, said the funds must be used for students enrolled in short-term training programs 96 hours or more that lead to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential, such as emergency medical services (EMS), basic law enforcement training (BLET), nursing assistant, machining, welding, HVAC, and electrical. The funds will be awarded once the student(s) earns their certificate(s) to reimburse payments made for registration fees, book costs, certification fees, and course supplies.
“We are grateful to the SECU Foundation for continuing to fund these scholarships,” said Brewer. “While the cost of completing a Continuing Education credential program is not as great as a degree program, many of our students still struggle to pay for the enrollment fees, required textbooks and supplies. This scholarship program opens the door for Randolph Community College to create opportunities and change the lives of more Randolph County citizens.”
Recipients must be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident living in the College’s service area. The student must also be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed or underemployed adults, members of the North Carolina National Guard, or military veterans and spouses. Underemployed is defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level. Directors, employees and family members of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation are not eligible.
Scholarship applications are available in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center office at 413 Industrial Park Avenue. For more information, contact the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division at 336-633-0268. For a list of RCC’s Continuing Education classes, visit www.randolph.edu/courses-schedules.html.