SECU Foundation Approves PCC Scholarship Funding

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WINTERVILLE—The State Employee Credit Union (SECU) Foundation Board has approved Pitt Community College’s participation in the 2023-24 SECU Bridge to Career Program and awarded the college student scholarship funding for the current academic year.

Created to help unemployed and underemployed students find sustainable-wage careers within their communities, the SECU Bridge to Career Program provides scholarships to offset students’ educational expenses and other expenditures associated with their programs of study. The initiative supports North Carolina community college students pursuing state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials through eligible workforce development training programs.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work together to remove potential barriers for students as they work toward their career credentials,” said SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama C. Campbell.

PCC will receive $18,000—the maximum program allotment for a one-year period—to provide up to thirty $500-scholarships during the 2023-24 academic year. The sum also includes funding to cover administration expenses.

Sidette Brown, director of PCC Health Care Programs, says Pitt is grateful for the SECU Foundation’s continued dedication to education and helping others. She says its assistance has had a direct effect on the development of a skilled Pitt County workforce.

“The SECU Bridge to Career Program is an opportunity to help our students succeed while eliminating financial barriers and opening doors that will prepare them for new careers in today’s workplace,” Brown said.

Funding PCC received last year through the SECU Bridge to Career Program provided $500-scholarships to 10 Pitt students pursuing short-term health care training through continuing education. PCC officials say the college will announce this year’s scholarship recipients once they have been selected.