SCC students receive SECU scholarships

Published 3:01 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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The member-funded State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded three Stanly Community College students the SECU Bridge to Career Workforce Development scholarship, valued at $500, to study at SCC in the Electrical Lineworker training program.

The scholarship recipients are Hunter Allred of Asheboro, Dylan Gregory of Oakboro and Dakota Smith Pleasant Garden.

The SECU Bridge to Career Program strives to help remove financial barriers for unemployed and underemployed students seeking careers with sustainable wages in their local communities.

Administered by each college, the initiative focuses on assisting individuals with finding vocational and job placement opportunities through eligible training programs that lead to state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials. Scholarship funding will be applied to educational expenses and other expenditures associated with their program of study through a North Carolina Community College workforce development program.

“SECU members share a deep commitment to education and the cooperative spirit of helping others,” said Kelly Caudle, the State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member and IT Academy Program Head at Stanly Community College. “The SECU Bridge to Career Program is an opportunity to help these students succeed, opening doors that will challenge and prepare them for a new career and future in today’s workplace. On behalf of SECU Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to offer our congratulations to Hunter Allred, Dylan Gregory, and Dakota Smith.”

With the combined commitments for the SECU Bridge to Career and “People Helping People” Community College Scholarship programs, SECU Foundation funding for the NC Community College System totals more than $1 million annually.

SCC’s Electrical Lineworker training program provides students with the knowledge and climbing skills necessary to enter into the field of power distribution. To learn more about the Electrical Lineworker training program at Stanly Community College, visit For more information about the SECU or the SECU Foundation, visit