Awarding of grant

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Sampson Community College, already a leader in the education arena, plans to tackle unemployment head on, and they’ll be helped along by a Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Workers grant the school received this week.

The Adult and Dislocated Workers Program provides quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business, SCC officials said.

Services are provided through the One-Stop Career Center located at the NC Division of Workforce Solutions/Career Center in Sampson County. There are three levels of services, which include: core, intensive, and training services.

Katie Brown will manage the program; Alonza Royal will manage the on-the-job training and work experience; the two case managers on-site at the NC Division of Workforce Solutions/Career Center located in Clinton will determine eligibility. Per the guidelines of the state, the WIA program will be offered via the Career Center to create a seamless delivery of service for the participant.

Brown, the director for Customized Training at the college, put it simply, “Our mission is to provide affordable education and workforce training and develop a more competitive workforce to stimulate economic growth for the county.”

The Adult and Dislocated Worker programs have three basic eligibility criteria as a prerequisite to the program level of eligibility which include being at least 18 years of age, being a United States citizen and compliance with Selective Service registration requirements. Participants must also be residents of Sampson County.

The program, Brown said, will provide priority consideration for intensive and training services to low-income individuals, public assistance recipients and veterans.

Among qualifiers to be considered a dislocated worker is someone who has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment or someone who is eligible for or has exhausted unemployment insurance.

The one-stop system is an added value to include collaborative partners responsible for providing integrated services to ensure seamless delivery to jobseekers and employers within Sampson County, this one-stop system is referred to and branded under the name “NC Division of Workforce Solutions/Career Center.”

For information regarding the program or for any questions to see if you qualify, contact Mary Warren or Tori Herring at the NC Division of Workforce Solutions at 910-592-5756.

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