Industrial Maintenance class at A-B Tech.

Scholarships Available at A-B Tech for Short-Term Workforce Training

Industrial Maintenance class at A-B Tech.

Funding Provided by SECU Foundation

A-B Tech Community College received $18,000 from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation for short-term workforce training scholarships. The SECU Bridge to Careers Pilot program will allow the college to award up to thirty $500 scholarships for targeted short-term workforce programs; the remaining $3,000 will go to program support.

Machining Fundamentals, Industrial Maintenance Academy, Certified Production Technician, and Electronic Health Records are the courses that qualify for the scholarship program, which runs through June 30, 2019.

The program was created to remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials via a college-defined pathway that leads to self-sustaining wage careers within their local communities.

To be considered for this scholarship program, students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident
  • be part of one of the following target groups: unemployed or underemployed, members of the NC National Guard, military veterans and spouses, or underserved populations in a specific workforce sector or area
  • be enrolled in a short-term training program of 96 hours or more that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education
  • not be a director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation

For more information about the program, contact Ronnie Copeland at or (828) 398-7948.

About A-B Tech

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its six academic divisions: Allied Health, Academic Success and Public Service, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin, and Goodwill locations.

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