Workforce Training Scholarships

There are several scholarships for Workforce Development classes that are greater than 96 hours in length.  Please review the guidelines for applying and follow the instructions for completing the application process.

Workforce and Continuing Education Scholarship Fund

In order to support students enrolling in short-term, credentialed training, GTCC’s Division of Workforce and Continuing Education offers scholarships to assist with the cost of course registration and required textbooks and supplies.

Governing Guidelines

  1. The Workforce and Continuing Education Department (WCED) Scholarship is supported from GTCC institutional funds that are appropriated every fiscal year. The amount of funds allocated for scholarships is determined annually through GTCC’s budgetary process.
  2. The WCED Scholarship Committee is appointed by the vice president of Workforce and Continuing Education to serve a two-year term. Beginning in January 2020, 50% of the members will only serve a one-year term; this will allow rotation of half of the committee for continuity of selection of recipients.
  3. Only courses that generate CE (Continuing Education) budgetary FTE are eligible for scholarship. Fee-waived courses are not eligible for WCED Scholarships.
  4. In order to provide funding across the WCED programs, no more than 25% of seats available in a given course section will be funded through WCED Scholarships. Additionally, the WCED Scholarship Committee will develop an award schedule that ensures equitable distribution of scholarships across the entire budget year.
  5. The scholarship will fund 100% of the cost of required books, and all but $50.00 of the course registration cost and fees. The student will be responsible for paying the remaining $50.00 of the course registration cost and fees prior to the first day of class to activate the scholarship.
  6. Students who are eligible for the WCED Scholarship will meet the following criteria:
    1. Complete both the Workforce and Continuing Education Course registration and a WCED Scholarship application, a minimum of 30 calendar days from the class start date.
    2. The selected course of study should lead to a third-party certification or employment in a local high demand field as defined by the president. For 2019-2020, the priority business sectors include the following: Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, Health Careers, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction and Trades.
  7. To be considered, student must be an unemployed or underemployed adult, 18 years of age or older and demonstrate financial need based on one or more of the following criteria:
    • Can demonstrate that income is at the poverty level based on federal definitions (an annual income of $12,228 for an individual or $24,563 for a family of 4).
    • Currently receiving any social service benefits or assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs/SNAP, Supplemental Security Income /SSI, Earned Income Tax Credit/EITC, Housing Assistance, Welfare programs based on family income).
    • Children or household receiving free or reduced lunch.
  1. Schedule an appointment with TitanLink to submit both forms in person for financial eligibility determination.
  2. Applications are reviewed as received and may take up to two weeks for determination of eligibility. Note: funds are limited so not all qualified applicants may receive a scholarship.
  3. TitanLink will forward eligible scholarship application to the Workforce and Continuing Education Scholarship Committee chair for final determination.
  4. When a scholarship is awarded, a funds release memo signed by the Vice President of Workforce and Continuing Education is sent electronically to the:
    1. Finance Office
    2. Workforce and Continuing Education Registration Office, along with the WCED Course Registration form.
    3. College Bookstore Manager or designee.
    4. Student receiving scholarship.
  5. Copies of all signed funds release memo are maintained in the Office of the Vice President of Workforce and Continuing Education.

Student Application Process

  1. Students enrolling in Workforce and Continuing Education classes may be eligible for scholarship funding. To be considered for a scholarship, the student must be an unemployed or underemployed adult, 18 years of age or older. The selected course of study should lead to a third-party certification or employment in a local high demand field as defined by the President.  For 2019-2020, the priority business sectors include the following:  Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, Health Careers, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction and Trades.
    WCED Scholarship Application WCED Course Registration
  2. Scholarship application documents need to be submitted 30 days prior to the first day of class offering. Completed applications must first be reviewed by TitanLink staff. To schedule an appointment for scholarship review or questions, contact Titan Link at the following campus locations:
    • High Point – H3 110, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55060 (Monday and Tuesday)
    • Jamestown – LRC 3rd Floor, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55062 (Monday – Thursday)
    • Greensboro – CC 101, 336-334-4822 Ext. 53029 (Wednesday and Thursday)
  3. Upon completing the scholarship application review, TitanLink staff will forward the application with any supporting documents to the WCED Scholarship Committee Chair for final determination.
  4. The scholarship will fund 100% of the cost of required books, and all but $50.00 of the course registration costs and fees. To activate the scholarship, the student must be registered and pay the $50.00 fee prior to the beginning of the class.
  5. Applicants may only receive one scholarship per rolling 12-month period starting with the date their course begins.
  6. Applicants who successfully complete the scholarship supported course may be eligible for future funding pending availability.

State Employees Credit Union Bridge to Career Program

Background

In 2018, SECU Foundation has established the SECU Bridge to Career Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials through the Workforce Continuing Education Division of their local Community College that lead to sustainable wage careers within their local communities. 

For 2019-2020, the SECU Foundation will provide a total of 30 $500 scholarships to GTCC Workforce Development students. Individual applicants will be able to receive up to three (3) $500 scholarships if enrolled in one of the following pathways leading to improved employment opportunities.

  • Aviation: AVI-3009 Introduction to Structures, Manufacturing Core Skills, and Structure Assembly
  • Occupational Training: AHR-3123 HVAC/Refrigeration Tech, MNT-3066 Apartment Maintenance Tech
  • Health Careers: NUR-3240 NA I Training, MLA-3022 Phlebotomy, ICV-3111 EKG Tech or Cardiac Monitor Tech Training

Student Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship program, an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident.
  • Be in one of the following target groups: unemployed and underemployed adults, members of the N.C. National Guard, military veterans and spouses, or underserved populations in a specific workforce sector or area.
  • Be enrolled in a short-term training program 96-hours or more that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential and is offered through Continuing Education.
  • Not be a director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.
  • Preference is given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
  • Students are eligible for up to three (3) SECU Bridge to Career Program scholarships within a funding year. (July 1, 2019 – Aug. 30, 2020)
  • Participating students must complete their enrolled course within the program year, which ends Aug. 30, 2020.

Application Procedure

This scholarship program is administered through the college’s Continuing Education department in collaboration with their Financial Aid office.  All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.  Scholarship recipients should receive an award letter from the college with instructions for accepting the scholarship award.

Email the completed application to bdcox1@gtcc.edu or deliver in person to the GTCC Financial Aid Office (first floor, Sears Applied Technologies Building at GTCC’s Jamestown Campus). Applications will NOT be accepted after May 18, 2020. All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee and recipients will be notified of their status by email with instructions on how to accept their scholarship monies.  An application can be downloaded using the link below and must be submitted to:

Brittani Cox
Financial Aid, Advisor II
bdcox1@gtcc.edu
336-334-4822  Ext. 50305
Sears Applied Technologies Building, Room 140

Download SECU Application

Golden Leaf Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Foundation has provided scholarships to provide economic assistance to rural low economic areas across the state. Golden LEAF Foundation wants to assist in increasing the number of underserved populations, pursuing and easily accessing education or training through North Carolina community colleges. The scholarships may be used to reduce access barrier for all prospective students by providing financial assistance and services to better assist students with educational costs, particularly costs beyond tuition and fees (e.g., books, transportation, child care, etc.).

Download the application here and return to:

Brittani Cox
Financial Aid, Advisor II
bdcox1@gtcc.edu
336-334-4822  Ext. 50305
Sears Applied Technologies Building, Room 140

Download Golden Leaf Application

Gold LEAF Scholars Program (Two-Year Colleges)
2018-2019 Eligible Counties
Alamance Franklin Pender
Alexander Gates Perquimans
Alleghany Graham Person
Anson Granville Pitt
Ashe Greene Randolph
Avery Halifax Richmond
Beaufort Harnett Robeson
Bertie Haywood Rockingham
Bladen Hertford Rowan
Brunswick Hoke Rutherford
Burke Hyde Sampson
Caldwell Jackson Scotland
Camden Johnston Stanly
Carteret Jones Stokes
Caswell Lee Surry
Catawba Lenoir Swain
Cherokee Macon Tyrrell
Chowan Madison Vance
Clay Martin Warren
Cleveland McDowell Washington
Columbus Mitchell Wayne
Craven Montgomery Wilkes
Dare Nash Wilson
Davidson Northampton Yadkin
Davie Onslow Yancey
Duplin Pamlico
Edgecombe Pasquotank