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Automotive

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Aircraft Maintenance

Launch a lofty living and earn $60,000.

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Construction

Build the versatile skills you need to get hired.

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Criminal Justice

Make a difference every day in a high-demand pursuit.

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Emergency Medical Services

Answer the call. Uplift the community.

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Fire and Rescue Services

Connect to a critical field expanding by 7% annually in NC.

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Healthcare

Join the NC’s fastest-growing sector, expected to add 93,000** jobs by 2026.

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Industrial/Manufacturing

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Information Technology

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Transportation

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Find Your Community College

Alamance Community College

The mission of Alamance Community College is to provide an open door to high quality education and learning. Central to this mission is the belief in the unique worth of each person. Accordingly, the College strives to help people realize their potential and attain a meaningful education that is relevant and responsive to the needs of the local, state, and global communities.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

A-B Tech inspires, nurtures and empowers students and the community toward a better quality of life through progressive teaching, bold innovation and supportive collaboration.

Beaufort County Community College

Beaufort County Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Bladen Community College

Bladen Community College is dedicated to the educational and cultural enrichment of the people of Bladen County and the communities it serves. The College is committed to quality teaching, to higher-order learning, to opportunities, for enrichment, and to a safe, sustainable learning environment.

Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge maintains an extensive lineup of technical programs designed to prepare students for successful careers in nursing, automotive technology, law enforcement, emergency response fields, engineering technology, machining technology, and many others.

Brunswick Community College

To provide opportunities for individuals to be successful through accessible, high quality programs and services that meet the educational, cultural and workforce development needs of the community.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is a public, comprehensive postsecondary institution whose primary service area is Caldwell and Watauga counties. Operating under the legal framework of the State of North Carolina and in partnership with the North Carolina Community College System, CCC and TI is an open-door institution that values the diversity of its constituencies and offers equal opportunities.

Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College is an open door, multi-campus, comprehensive community college that strengthens the academic, economic, social and cultural life of the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.

Carteret Community College

Founded in 1963, Carteret Community College is one of 59 institutions comprising the N.C. Community College System. Located in Morehead City, N.C., the college lies on the shores of the beautiful Bogue Sound -- part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Catawba Valley Community College

CVCC is more than just an excellent educational institution. Our faculty and staff are experts on a wide variety of subjects, and arrangements can be made to have one of them speak at your next community group meeting. We provide facilities for use by thousands every year, including athletic teams, government and nonprofit groups. Plus, we're a great place to work! Check out everything that CVCC offers the communities we serve.

Central Carolina Community College

Student success, community service, and educational leadership distinguish Central Carolina Community College. It takes great pride in its long history of innovative program development to meet the ever-changing educational needs of its students and the communities and businesses it serves.

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College is highly accessible and convenient to people of all ages who seek a real-world, affordable, hands-on education that will transform their lives and strengthen the economic, social, and cultural environment of Mecklenburg County.

Cleveland Community College

Cleveland Community College provides diverse and accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community.

Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College evolved out of a need to provide higher education and training to the people of Onslow County, to improve their quality of life, to help them achieve their dreams, and to make this community a better place to live.

College of The Albemarle

Our college has a rich, 50 year history of providing exceptional educational and workforce development opportunities for the northeast region of North Carolina. We are the northeast region's community college, one of 58 community colleges in the preeminent North Carolina Community College System, serving seven counties (Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans). We look forward to continuing to engage and impact the lives of our citizens.

Craven Community College

Craven Community College is a dynamic and responsive institution of higher education committed to improving and enriching individual lives and society through comprehensive, high quality and accessible learning opportunities that allow students to contribute and compete in a diverse and global community.

Davidson-Davie Community College

Davidson County Community College develops minds, inspires imaginations, and prepares students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment.

Durham Technical Community College

As a comprehensive community college serving Durham and Orange counties, Durham Tech follows an open-door with guided placement admissions policy to provide adults an opportunity to better themselves through education and training. Offerings include technical and occupational programs leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; the first two years of a four-year degree; general education for personal growth and development; a wide variety of corporate and continuing education courses for workforce preparation and broadening personal horizons; and adult basic skills instruction that includes GED preparation, the Adult High School diploma, and English as a Second Language classes.

Edgecombe Community College

Edgecombe Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution dedicated to fulfilling the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities we serve.

Fayetteville Technical Community College

The purpose of Fayetteville Technical Community College is to provide affordable vocational-technical, business and industry, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs, which meet the needs and desires of its diverse students and economic development needs for the community. To improve the educational base of society, FTCC encourages life-long learning and strives to prepare students for further workforce and educational experiences.

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy.

Gaston College

Gaston College students, faculty and staff share a committed responsibility to nurture a mentoring, collaborative, and diverse culture of skilled lifelong learners who are empowered to succeed in a constantly changing world. Self growth and empowerment are realized through many innovative processes, including an effective balance of assessment and evaluation. Empowered people set and achieve high standards of quality, create challenges for themselves and others, and support an active learner-centered environment offering real life educational experiences.

Guilford Technical Community College

GTCC provides access to lifelong learning opportunities for personal growth, workforce productivity, and community service. It serves all segments of Guilford County's diverse population, delivering quality educational programs and services through partnership with business, community groups and other educational institutions.

Halifax Community College

HCC will continue to be a catalyst for educational, cultural, and economic progress in the Roanoke Valley by anticipating and responding to the needs of an evolving global community.

Haywood Community College

HCC provides accessible, affordable, and high-quality education, workforce training, and lifelong learning.

Isothermal Community College

Isothermal Community College exists to improve life through learning.

James Sprunt Community College

James Sprunt Community College is a service-oriented college that responds to the needs of Duplin and surrounding counties by enabling a diverse population to attain their personal, academic and career goals. The College will meet and enhance the educational needs of the community accomplished through effective teaching and learning.

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational and community enrichment opportunities for the successful development of learners.

Lenoir Community College

Lenoir Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive two-year public institution. The College offers associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates through educational programs in college transfer, business, industry, public services, health sciences, and continuing education for the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of students and the community. Programs and support services are accessible through traditional and distance learning options.

Martin Community College

Martin Community College’s mission is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible learner-centered educational programs, and services that are responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.

Mayland Community College

Mayland Community College is the educational gateway to opportunity in Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey counties.

McDowell Technical Community College

McDowell Technical Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, dedicated to providing student-centered accessible, high-quality educational opportunities and services which fulfill the personal development, training and employment needs of the residents, businesses, and industries of McDowell County and the surrounding areas through an open-door admissions policy.

Mitchell Community College

Mitchell Community College, a learning-centered institution, provides affordable, high-quality educational and training programs and services to meet the changing and diverse lifelong learning needs of a multi-culturally diverse citizenry who live and work in a global society.

Montgomery Community College

Montgomery Community College will provide quality traditional and distance learning educational opportunities including basic skills, occupational, associate, and pre-baccalaureate programs; support economic development by offering workforce training and retraining; improve the quality of life for individuals and the community; and address changing local, state, national and global needs.

Nash Community College

Nash Community College’s mission is to provide an affordable educational environment which prepares students for college transfer and rewarding careers. Through quality instruction and services, technology, work force development, and community partnerships, Nash Community College provides lifelong learning opportunities to individuals, communities, and organizations.

Pamlico Community College

The mission of Pamlico Community College is to provide accessible and affordable quality education, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities through quality teaching and supporting and working in partnership with the communities served by the college.

Piedmont Community College

<div>Piedmont Community College offers a wide variety of curriculum and short-term programs designed to prepare you for an exciting, new career.</div>

Pitt Community College

Pitt Community College educates and empowers people for success. With a culture of excellence and innovation, the College is a vital partner in the economic and workforce development of our community. PCC provides access to dynamic learning opportunities designed to foster successful career preparation, higher education transfer, community involvement, and global engagement

Randolph Community College

The premier educational resource for helping the people of Randolph County achieve their career goals and personal dreams.

Richmond Community College

The mission of Richmond Community College is to provide life-long educational opportunities, workforce training and retraining, cultural enrichment, and community services by employing traditional and distance learning methods to support economic development and enhance the quality of people’s lives.

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Roanoke-Chowan Community College is a world-class educational institution positively changing the lives of those served.

Robeson Community College

Robeson Community College is an open door, comprehensive, public community college committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities to the diverse population of Robeson County and the surrounding region by offering associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, Robeson Community College values excellence in teaching and learning.

Rockingham Community College

The mission of Rockingham Community College is to enhance individual and community success in Rockingham County through education as well as full development of human potential, employment assistance, service to business and industry, and contributions to cultural and social development.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

The college is committed to enhancing student learning through outcomes-based assessment of progress and continual improvement of programs and services.

Sampson Community College

The mission of Sampson Community College is to provide accessible and affordable education, workforce training, and lifelong enrichment. This mission is accomplished through effective teaching, student support, public outreach, and partnering with others to improve the quality of life for the people of Sampson County.

Sandhills Community College

The Mission of Sandhills Community College is to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality to all the people of the Sandhills.

South Piedmont Community College

At South Piedmont Community College, our mission is learning, student success, and workforce and community development.

Southeastern Community College

The mission of Southeastern Community College is to continuously promote educational attainment, economic development, and cultural enrichment in Columbus County and surrounding areas.

Southwestern Community College

SCC offers more than 70 curriculum programs in Arts and Sciences, Career Technologies, College Transfer and Health Sciences. In addition, the college provides a variety of Continuing Education courses at various locations throughout its service area. Most of these courses are designed to prepare students for entry into an occupation, upgrade skills of employed individuals, and provide opportunities for self-improvement.

Stanly Community College

Stanly Community College offers a learning-centered environment that encourages student access and completion, fosters partnerships, enables life-long learning, and enhances the economic, social and cultural life of the community.

Surry Community College

The mission of Surry Community College is to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service

Tri-County Community College

The mission of Tri-County Community college is to engage students in learning, help students succeed, and enrich the communities we serve. This mission is accomplished through: Innovative and effective teaching, supportive and efficient learning environments, and strong local and regional partnerships.

Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College educates, inspires, and supports a diverse community of learners to achieve professional and personal success.

Wake Technical Community College

At Wake Technical Community College, our vision is a college that exceeds the expectations of our stakeholders for effective lifelong education, training and workforce development by providing world-class programs and services.

Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

Western Piedmont Community College

The College's mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community. <a href="https://www.wpcc.edu/geer-scholarship/">More info...</a>

Wilkes Community College

WCC aspires to be an effective learner-centered educational institution and a dynamic learning organization, preparing learners for success in a rapidly changing world.

Wilson Community College

The mission of Wilson Community College, a public post-secondary comprehensive educational institution, is to provide accessible, student-centered academic and personal enrichment opportunities to enhance lifelong learning through college transfer, technical, vocational, and adult education programs. The College embraces and is committed to the values of lifelong learning; community; sustainability; leadership; scholarship; accessibility and affordability; diversity and inclusiveness; research, assessment, and collaboration; and technology.
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Why are these scholarships being offered?

North Carolina employers are struggling to find career professionals with next-level skills and training in critical industries. Thus, the state has provided funding to help narrow this “skills gap.”

What career pathways are available?

NC community colleges offer custom short-term pathways in 10 high-demand sectors, leading to thousands of possible careers. Click on your college above to learn more!

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389,000
new jobs projected in the NC workforce by 2026.
16.1%
annual growth rate in healthcare and social assistance careers.
$49,000
average annual wage for an IT specialist in NC