CCC Receives Grant That Could Save Lives

On Friday, August 12, during CCC’s Fire Academy graduation ceremony, representatives from The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission presented a check for $50,000 to Cleveland Community College.

CCC's representatives receive a check for $50,000 from representatives of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

Left to right: Emily Sisk, CCC Foundation Grants Development Coordinator; Patsy Rose, CCC Board of Trustees; Maggie Hamm, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commissioner and SVP Chief Marketing Officer with Carolina Farm Credit; Richard Carroll, Instructor; and William Upchurch, Executive Director of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

CCC’s Brown Emergency Training Center will use the grant funds to support training in agricultural machinery rescue. The project will feature mobile training equipment and materials that can be taken into tobacco-dependent, agricultural-dependent and distressed communities. There they will train farmers, their families, farm workers, and emergency personnel on ways to respond to farm accidents.

The project is in partnership with the NC Agromedicine Institute’s First on Scene program. This program’s purpose is to teach people who arrive first at the scene of a farming accident how to respond safely. The Institute is a partnership between East Carolina University, NC State University and NC A&T State University with a mission to promote health and safety among farmers, fishers, foresters, their families and workers.

About The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

The NCTTFC was created by the NC General Assembly in 2000 to help distribute NC’s share of funds from a multi-billion dollar settlement agreement between 46 states and four of the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers. Two years later, the General Assembly budget designated funds for grant programs and administrative costs overseen by the NCTTFC. The goal was to help current/former tobacco farmers, individuals displaced from tobacco-related employment and others affected by the settlement agreement.

Interested in becoming a firefighter? Check out training opportunities through CCC and the Brown Emergency Training Center at

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