Through a collaborative effort with the North Carolina Community College System, the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation are pleased to announce the addition of a new scholarship initiative, the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program.  

Designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, SECU Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved funding for ten $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 North Carolina Community College campuses, for an initial one-year commitment of $435,000.

This initiative will help provide students with short-term job training for new careers or retraining to advance current job skills through the Community College System’s Back-to-Work Program and continuing education courses.  Each community college in North Carolina was awarded up to 10 continuing education scholarships.

LCC was one of 16 pilot programs for 2012-2013, according to SECU Board member Nancy Keel.
“We are pleased to be able to assist students enrolled in short-term training programs that lead to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential,” SECU Board Member Jeanne Kennedy said. “Although the cost of attending a Continuing Education credential program is less than a degree program, many students struggle to afford the registration fees, textbooks, certification fees, and supplies.”

Those presented these first time scholarships at Lenoir Community College this year are Marco Arroyo of Pink Hill, Derrick Franks of Trenton, Carter Hill of Snow Hill, Jonathan Hollman-Bryant of Kinston, Kendle Letchworth of Hookerton, Filiberto Ortiz-Hernandez of Pink Hill, Pastor Pineda of Snow Hill, Luis Xalteno of Deep Run, Amanda Jones of Deep Run and Martinous Murchison of Comfort.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled in a short-term Continuing Education program that leads to an industry recognized or a state-regulated credential.  Also to be eligible, students must be a US citizen, be unemployed and receiving unemployment, underemployed, Military Veteran, National Guard Member and or 200 percent below the poverty guidelines. 

Fall 2013 recipients have been chosen and will be announced soon.  For more information on how to apply, visit the JobLink Center at LCC in Kinston, Snow Hill and Trenton.
SECU Scholars 2013

Pictured left to right, front row, are SECU Continuing Education Scholarship Coordinator Nancy Keel, Kendle Letchworth, Jonathan Hollman-Bryant, Carter Hill, SECU board member Jeanne Kennedy, Marco Arroyo, and Filiberto Ortiz-Hernandez; back row, SECU Branch Manager Sid Phillips, Luis Xalteno, Derrick Franks, Pastor Pineda, and LCC Dean of Continuing Education Renee Sutton.

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