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Money Available for Three Industry-Recognized Credentials at SCC

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, in partnership with the NC Community College System, has awarded Sandhills Community College funding to provide financial assistance to students who seek training through the college’s Workforce Continuing Education Department.

The funding was awarded to support the SECU Bridge to Career Pilot Program. This program is an initiative designed to remove financial barriers for students seeking training to acquire a sustainable living.

Sandhills Community College will award the funds, up to $500 per student, to students who enroll in Phlebotomy, Certified Production Technician, or Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals Level 3 – programs leading to an industry-recognized credential or certification. The grant funds will be available during the current academic year.

The college has a designated number of scholarships for each training program. Students may use awarded funds to offset registration fees, books, certification fees, course supplies, and other necessary related costs.

Additionally, as a component of the SECU Bridge to Career Program, students will be guided to valuable resources such as soft skill building and job seeking skills, both on campus and in the community, to remove barriers to career goals.

For additional information or to find out more about the scholarships or other scholarship funding opportunities, contact Jason Levister at (910) 695-3778 or

Phlebotomy Technician with Clinical Rotation

In this Continuing Education program, students learn the skills necessary to draw blood specimens in various healthcare settings and blood donation centers. Topics include venipuncture, specimen handling, record-keeping, and the healthcare profession. The class will be taught during the evenings January 15-May 9 on the Pinehurst campus (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford (Mondays and Wednesdays). There will be three Saturday classes 9 am-3 pm. Weekday clinicals are 8 am-4:30 pm.

Certified Production Technician

The Continuing Education Certified Production Technician class is designed to train students for high-paying, in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing. CPT is endorsed as a quality training program for entry-level employment by Unilever HPC and ITG Burlington in Raeford and Coty, Inc. in Sanford. Students learn manufacturing production systems and minor manufacturing equipment maintenance and repair as specified by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. They prepare to complete four MSSC certifications: Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness, all leading to the comprehensive CPT credential. The class will be taught March 4-September 23 at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9 pm.

Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall or the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford. You may also register by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.


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