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Jack McDuffie Special to the Journal

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DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Continuing Education Department was notified Wednesday that the college has been approved for the State Employees’ Credit Union Continuing Education Scholarship Program.

Ten continuing education students will be awarded $750 scholarships-a total of $7,500 for the July1 to June 30, 2014, fiscal year.

The new scholarship initiative, a collaborative effort between SECU and the North Carolina Community College System administered through the SECU Foundation, is designed to provide funds to help the state’s unemployed and under-employed citizens learn new skills to make them more competitive in the job market. It will provide 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. The announcement of the new scholarship initiative was originally made in April of this year

According to an announcement made by the Community College System at that time, the program will focus on assisting unemployed and under-employed adults, military veterans, and members of the National Guard with marketable skills for future employment, with the requirement that participants must be enrolled in a program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential

In the announcement, North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls said, “For the first time, we are able to address the financial needs of continuing education students on a statewide level. This partnership with State Employees’ Credit Union will provide a hand up to hundreds of North Carolinians looking for a better quality of life.”

Since 2004, SECU Foundation has provided two $5,000 scholarships to each of the 58 community colleges in the System, with an annual commitment of $580,000 per year. The addition of the continuing education scholarships will bring the total SECU Foundation pledge to more than $1 million per year.

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