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Bladen Community College receives GEER funding for student scholarships

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College recently received over $93,000 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) as part of an effort to help North Carolina and local communities recover from the economic turmoil that COVID-19 created.

According to Bladen Community College President, Dr. Amanda Lee, the college is using its GEER allotment to provide $750 scholarships to students pursuing high demand workforce training through continuing education. She said the awards are available to students enrolled in approved Workforce Continuing Education pathways that include at least 96 hours of training and lead to state or industry recognized credentials.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to receive funded, short-term training programs to get into the workforce,” Lee said. She added that the scholarships could be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, testing fees, transportation, childcare and other components associated with the total cost of attendance.

Funding for GEER comes through the U.S. Dept. of Education, which provided states with the emergency assistance to help educational agencies that play a key role in economic recovery. Governor Roy Cooper allocated the $15 million dollars that North Carolina received to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) for scholarships that will help the state upskill, reskill, and graduate its workforce.

“The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Bladen Community College offers several short-term programs that are eligible for GEER funding, said Sondra Guyton, Vice-President for Continuing Education. Our staff and instructors stand ready to support and assist students in successfully enrolling and completing these program. I urge them to contact us today to find out more about the GEER funding and the available classes.”

Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship for a variety of courses in healthcare, emergency services, construction, criminal justice, industrial/manufacturing, information technology, or fire and rescue services.  Early registration begins October 19th and there are many training opportunities available.  For additional information, contact the Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 910-879-5568 or 910-879-5539.  Due to limited seating, early registration is advised.  Call now to get the information you need to get started! Visit our website at www.bladencc.edu to learn more about what Bladen Community College has to offer.

 

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Bladen Community College recently received over $93,000 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) as part of an effort to help North Carolina and local communities recover from the economic turmoil that COVID-19 created. Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship for a variety of courses in healthcare, emergency services, construction, criminal justice, industrial/manufacturing, information technology, or fire and rescue services.  Early registration begins October 19th and there are many training opportunities available.

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