Raleigh, NC, September 17, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board was awarded $200,000 to help community college students complete education and training programs at Wake Technical Community College and Johnston Community College. The funds come from Governor Roy Cooper’s Finish Line grant initiative developed to assist with unforeseen financial emergencies that can often derail program completion.
“In addition to young people, many students are adults with families trying to gain skills to make a better living,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “It’s in everyone’s best interest that they make it over the proverbial finish line because businesses need skilled workers to drive productivity and that’s what keeps our local economy moving.”
CAWD expects to serve 200 students. Each can receive up to $1000.00 per semester if they qualify. After an initial screening colleges forward student applications to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in conjunction with the type of financial emergency.
“One of the best things about Finish Line is students that haven’t been able to qualify under existing financial emergency programs. Common issues have been enrollment status or limited funding. Being able to offer another option will increase the ability of students to finish their program and start their career,” said Eric Breit, CAWD Strategic Initiatives Director.
For more information about Finish Line, contact Jane Sterner at 919-856-6117.
About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.