South Piedmont Community College has received a $75,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center to create an Anson-Union Workforce Mobilization Project. The grant will, among other things, provide paid internships with local manufacturers, gas cards for some who travel long distances to take classes and tuition vouchers for qualified students.
The idea is to help unemployed workers train for new jobs in fields like machining, industrial maintenance and aerospace. The project will provide, as needed, GED preparation, adult basic skills and overviews of advanced manufacturing careers with related education requirements and job expectations.
The internships will average four weeks at 20 to 30 hours per week of actual work experience with an employer who agrees to provide on-site instruction and supervision as well as consideration for jobs that become available.
Anson County has the highest unemployment rate in the region, while Union County has the lowest.
Anyone, including current students, wishing to take part in the program can contact Russell Carpenter at 704-246-0964 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Willard at 704-290-5856 or email@example.com.