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NCSECU awards Bridge to Career scholarships to SCC Continuing Education students

SYLVA – The N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation recently gave Southwestern Community College $18,000 to financially assist students who enroll in Workforce Continuing Education programs.

Thirty different students will receive $500 scholarships to enroll in short-term workforce programs that lead to a state or industry-recognized credential such as Basic Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Technician, Real Estate, Phlebotomy or Nurse Aide.

To qualify for the funding, students must be North Carolina residents who are unemployed – or underemployed – adults, military veterans or members of the National Guard.

“We’re extremely thankful to the SECU Foundation for providing a better future for so many of our students,” said Scott Sutton, SCC’s Dean of Workforce Continuing Education. “A lot of people want to change careers but just don’t have the financial resources at this time, so these scholarships will make a tremendous difference.”

The funds can be used to offset the costs of registration fees, required books, uniforms, instructional materials, transportation, childcare and credentialing.

Upon receiving the award, recipients are tracked to determine the number of credentials earned, entry into employment and enrollment in further education.

To inquire about these scholarship opportunities, contact Latresa Shuler – SCC’s Coordinator of Workforce Continuing Education – at 828.339.4425 or

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