SECU Foundation Continuing Education Scholarships for Spring 2014

SHELBY, NC — The North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation recently announced the availability of Continuing Education Scholarships for Cleveland Community College. The scholarships will be awarded to ten students for the upcoming 2014 Spring semester who are enrolled in a qualifying credentialed program at the Brown Emergency Training Center.

In 2012, the SECU Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills. Annually, the program provides a total of 580 scholarships – 10 scholarships at $750 each to all 58 community colleges. The target groups for the scholarship program are unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed & underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the NC National Guard

Cleveland Community College is currently accepting applications for the Scholarships for the 2014 Spring semester. Eligible programs include the Fire Academy Training program certification, Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations and Rapid Intervention Training, EMT Basic or EMT Basic to Paramedic program. Interested students may contact the Brown Emergency Training Center at Cleveland Community College for more information at 704-669-4193.


CCC Students Awarded State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarships

Shelby, NC — The North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation recently presented a $2,500 scholarship to Cleveland Community College students Kelsey Jolley of Shelby and Regina Wilson of Dallas.

The scholarships are given to eligible full-time students based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” with recipients chosen by their demonstrations of leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement. The scholarships are funded solely by SECU’s membership and will be used to pay for tuition and other education expenses associated with the recipient’s education.

Jolley is the daughter of Mark and Tonia Jolley of Shelby and is a first-year student enrolled in the practical nursing program. A 2011 graduate of Crest High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She is a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and is actively involved in mission work throughout the community and in Guatemala and Honduras.

Wilson is a first year student in the surgical technology program at CCC. She is the daughter of Davey and Susie Garmon. Wilson has a daughter, Samantha, and is currently employed at Walmart Distribution Center.

For more information about the SECU Foundation scholarships to CCC students, contact Financial Aid at 704-669-4028 or visit

Pictured l-r – Scholarship recipient, Regina Wilson; SECU Advisory Board member, Al Knight; and scholarship recipient, Kelsey Jolley


Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez to visit Cleveland Community College, highlight investments in innovative training programs

Shelby, N.C.– On Monday, Nov. 18, Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will visit Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., to discuss the recent selection of Cleveland Community College to lead a $23 million grant to four schools focused on leveraging online learning to expand training opportunities for mission critical networking and technology jobs.

This grant is part of the third round of funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, a multi-year, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand training for unemployed workers. In September, fifty-seven grants were announced supporting projects in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants will expand programs at more than 180 colleges in growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multistate college consortia.

During the visit, Dr. Biden and Secretary Perez will meet with students and tour facilities part of the Mission Critical Operations project, which develops a career pathway to address demand for a workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate and respond to mission critical breaches. Cybersecurity, infrastructure maintenance, communications and emergency operations are all key focus points of the project.

WHO: Dr. Jill Biden

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

WHAT: Press Announcement and Tour of Cleveland Community College

WHERE: Cleveland Community College

Jack Hunt Campus Center

137 S Post Rd

Shelby, NC 28152

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 18
10:00 a.m. EDT: Tour of training facilities

10:30 a.m. EDT: Remarks

Credentialed media interested in attending should pre-register with

Xochitl Hinojosa or David Roberts using the contact information provided above. For questions about site logistics and parking, please contact Margo Greene at 704-669-4101 or greenem.