Short-Term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant

Students who would like to pursue credentials in high-demand occupations have a new resource. Short-term Workforce Development (STWD) Grants help students get started in high-demand fields such as Nurse Aide, CDL Truck Driving, and Welding. This grant can help students cover costs such as textbooks, childcare, transportation, and testing fees that may not be covered under other programs or scholarships. STWD Grants can be used for current or upcoming summer courses through the Division of Continuing Education.

In 2021, the General Assembly allocated $3,000,000 per year for the next two years to the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) for eligible students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs within workforce pathways identified in collaboration with the Department of Commerce that lead to a State or industry-recognized credential. These funds intend to remove access barriers to high-quality, in-demand, sustaining wage careers for North Carolinians. Through this program, each college is able to determine grant award amounts based on student needs, local industry needs, number of eligible students, and cost of the course/pathway, up to a maximum award of $500 per course. These grants will help address the cost of tuition/registration fees, course fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and any other components of the total cost of attendance.

Students must be North Carolina residents and register for one of the following courses:

  • CMAA
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Coding
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Nurse Aide I
  • Nurse Aide II
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • NC Basic Law Enforcement (BLET)
  • Fire Academy
  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • CDL
  • Powerline Technician
  • Welding (Stick, TIG, MIG)

Students can find the application here. See a full list of all Continuing Education courses offered here.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a federally-funded program for low income adults and dislocated workers enrolled or wishing to enroll in occupational training through Curriculum or Continuing Education.  These funds may assist with registration fees, textbooks, tools, required supplies, and childcare.

Applicant must be 18 years or older and a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.  To apply, students must complete a WIOA application, assessment tests, and provide eligibility verification.

Submit Interest Form Here

Human Services Department- 910.938.6309  |

Golden LEAF Scholars Program

The Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two-Year Colleges will provide grants of up to $2,250 annually for curriculum students and up to $1000 annually for workforce continuing education students. The scholarships help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components of the total cost of attendance for 2022 – 2023 fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Human Services Department- 910.938.6309  |

Human Resource Development Scholarship

By completing 80 hours of Human Resource Development (HRD) classes, students can earn a scholarship for up to $180 to cover registration fees for an occupational extension class at Coastal Carolina Community College.

Human Services Department- 910.938.6309  |

SECU Foundation

A $500 scholarship is available to current Continuing Education students in need of assistance with educational expenditures.  Eligible students must be an unemployed or underemployed North Carolina resident, enrolled in short-term occupational training that leads to a certificate and is at least 96 hours long. Eligibility verification will be required.

Human Services Department- 910.938.6309  |

Other Possible Sources of Assistance

  • Childcare Assistance
  • Referral for One Place resources

Contact Information

For an application and more information on any of the above services, please call the Human Services Department at 910.938.6309.  An application must be completed in person.  Please visit the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 109 to apply.