SECU presents scholarships to CPCC students enrolled in NC Back-to-Work program

last modified May 22, 2013 08:19 AM

On May 7, the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) presented 10 Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) students with a Continuing Education Scholarship to help fund the tuition, books and supplies associated with their NC Back-to-Work program and continuing education courses at CPCC.

The N.C. Community College System and the SECU, partnered together earlier this year to create the Continuing Education Scholarship program, an initiative dedicated to providing NC Back-to-Work students at each N.C. community college with marketable job skills for future employment. Back-to-Work seeks to equip long-term unemployed individuals with employability skills, industry-recognized credentials and job training in technical education areas such as computer training, automotive, HVAC and more.

To be eligible for a Continuing Education Scholarship, students must be enrolled in a program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential. CPCC’s scholarship recipients are enrolled in the college’s Cisco Networking Associate and Oracle training programs.

During the event, Tyrone Tyler, vice president of SECU District 10, presented each CPCC scholarship recipient with a check for $750. Recipients included: Lanse Ballard (Charlotte), Kareem Barnes (Charlotte), Tim Brinson (Mint Hill), John Clayton (Charlotte), Kimberly Cole (Indian Trail), Greg Jones (Charlotte), Corey Mormon (Charlotte), Michael Taylor (Charlotte), John Wheeler (Mint Hill) and James Yoder (Charlotte). Also in attendance were Keith Ratliff, director of workforce development for CPCC; Jackie Miller, NC Back-to-Work employment specialist; Rebecca Ramirez, NC Back-to-Work student success coach; and Heather Parusel, executive director for CPCC Government Relations and Grants.

“Our thanks are extended to the SECU for making so many scholarships available to our NC Back-to-Work students,” said Ratliff. “These scholarships will not only help our students continue their job training classes, but also stay on the path to success at CPCC.”

“This scholarship will allow me to continue my education,” said Kimberly Cole, a CPCC Comp TIA program student and a SECU scholarship recipient. “I’m a long-term unemployed person and this funding will enable me to obtain the skills and education I need to one day secure a position in today’s growing job market.”

To learn more about CPCC’s NC Back-to-Work program, please email