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Nicholas Freeman and Tuthek Yankg pose with their scholarships. 

The member-funded SECU Foundation has awarded two local students an SECU Bridge to Career Workforce Development scholarship valued at $500 for study at Western Piedmont Community College. Recipients are Nicholas T. Freeman and Tuthek L. Yang.

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

Administered by each college, the initiative focuses on assisting people 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,” Michael Searcy, State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member said. “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 the scholarship recipients.”

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

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