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Four WCC students earn scholarships from State Employees Credit Union

By From staff reports
Published in News on April 13, 2014 1:50 AM

Four Wayne Community College students have been awarded State Employees Credit Union, or SECU, Continuing Education Scholarships for the spring 2014 semester.

Anthony Barnes, Tonya Callon, Savannah Hickman and Danita Kelley each received $750 for registration fees, books, certification fees and course supplies for WCC Continuing Education Services classes, and possibly for transportation, childcare and living expenses.

Barnes used his scholarship for notary public and real estate courses. Ms. Callon and Ms. Hickman took medical billing and coding classes. All three of the students are also enrolled in college credit programs.

Ms. Kelley trained to become an activity director in a healthcare-related setting, building on the Nurse Aide II certification she already holds. She has already been offered a job as a result of her activity director class.

The scholarships were funded by the SECU Foundation. The foundation established the program to help meet the needs of North Carolina's unemployed and underemployed residents, focusing on assisting unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the National Guard. It provides 10 $750 scholarships to each of North Carolina's 58 community colleges to pay for short-term training that leads to state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials.

Since 2004, SECU Foundation has supplied scholarships to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges, with an annual commitment of more than $1 million.