May 23, 2024

Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) is thrilled to announce the receipt of an $18,000 grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation as part of the 2023-24 SECU Bridge to Career Program. This generous contribution is aimed at supporting workforce continuing education students and enhancing their educational and career opportunities.

The SECU Foundation’s grant has facilitated the awarding of 30 scholarships, each worth $500, to deserving students enrolled in Forsyth Tech’s Workforce Continuing Education Programs. Sometimes called fast-track programs, these courses provide the necessary training for careers in public safety, medicine and health, business and information technology (IT), the trades and more. Certifications can be earned in as little as 12 weeks. These scholarships are designed to alleviate financial burdens and provide students with the necessary resources to pursue their educational and career aspirations.

In addition to the scholarships, $3,000 of the grant, which could not be allocated to scholarships, was utilized to purchase and distribute books focusing on careers, financial literacy and employability skills. These valuable resources are aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in their professional journeys.

The SECU Bridge to Career Program is such a blessing. Students call, e-mail, and walk in my office all year long needing financial help with short-term courses. These individuals are either unemployed or underemployed and often can’t afford courses without going into debt. The smile on their face is amazing when I tell them I have a scholarship for them from the SECU Foundation.

Michael Glontz, Coordinator of Occupational Programs at Forsyth Tech

The SECU Foundation’s commitment to education and workforce development aligns seamlessly with Forsyth Tech’s mission to provide accessible, high-quality education and training to meet the needs of our community. This partnership underscores the importance of supporting students as they transition into the workforce and contribute to the economic vitality of the region.