Grant to help SPCC students get workforce training
MONROE – Wells Fargo awarded South Piedmont Community College a $5,000 grant to help low-to-moderate income students in Union County enroll in noncredit, short-term training programs that lead to sustainable employment and address workforce needs.
“Thanks to this grant, Union County residents who could not previously afford short-term training now have the opportunity to prepare for jobs that can close the economic gap,” said Maria Lander, dean of professional occupations and public services at SPCC.
In August 2018, South Piedmont discovered a significant gap between the number of job openings and the number of graduates in a few noncredit, short-term programs in its service area. The college developed the Career in a Year program to satisfy this need. It focuses on careers in demand where certifications can be earned in less than a year.
Funding from Wells Fargo will allow Union County residents facing financial need to enroll in programs like air conditioning and refrigeration, welding, plumbing, electrical, machining, construction and commercial driving.
Matthews Alive presents proceeds to community
MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive organizers presented $147,716 in proceeds from the Labor Day festival to nearly 40 nonprofits, including bands from Marvin Ridge and Sun Valley high schools, during the Oct. 28 town commissioners meeting.
More than 2,000 volunteers and representatives from these nonprofits served in various capacities at the event. Sales of carnival rides, games, attractions, booth rentals and sponsorships generated the proceeds.
“To put on such a wonderful family tradition in Matthews alongside our sponsors, volunteers and town staff – and then to give back in a big way – is very gratifying,” said Lee Anne Moore, executive director of Matthews Alive. “We are closing in on the $2 million mark for 27 years. It’s an honor for all of us to create such an important community event.”
Shelter moves Halloween events inside
MONROE – It might have poured down rain on Oct. 31, but trick-or-treating went on at the Community Shelter of Union County’s first community-wide Halloween festivities.
Kids of all ages in costumes, ranging from scary to sweet, visited the shelter’s offices to fill their bags with candies, donated by volunteers in costume.
“We were amazed with the turnout,” CEO Kathy Bragg said. “For our first time and with the weather, we had no idea how many would come. We are thrilled to see so many from the community come celebrate the holiday with families in the emergency shelter. It was heart-warming.”
The event was planned as a trunk or treat in the parking lot, but volunteers and staff brought the festivities inside.
“We didn’t want to cancel this special time for kids,” Bragg said. “They look forward to it for days. It would have been a shame to cancel. Fortunately, we have the space in our new facility to accommodate the crowd.
“We want to utilize our space for community events as well as for specific services, and this is another opportunity to do so.”