CFCC Selected for $20,000 Grant to Provide New Job Skills to Pender County Tobacco Farmers

Cape Fear Community College was selected to receive a $20,000 grant to provide job training for tobacco farmers and their families in Pender County.

Known as “Project Skill-Up”, the grant was provided to CFCC by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  The grant is specifically designed to assist Pender County residents who have been affected by the downturn in tobacco-related industries to receive short-term training and assistance that will lead to career development opportunities.

The project is a workforce development initiative with three core components:

1. Career assessment and placement in employable educational programs.

2. Tuition assistance and associated costs (books, travel stipend).

3. Short-term skill training in the following fields:

  • BioFuels Energy Production
  • Blue Print Reading
  • ECO Tourism
  • Electrical Certification
  • F.A.C.T (Computer Training)
  • Hydroponic Gardening
  • Organic Vegetable Production
  • Plumbing Certification
  • REAL Entrepreneurship Program
  • Winery Production

Through participation in the Project Skill-Up Grant, applicants will receive individualized assessments to gauge their employment opportunities and will lead to enrollment in the right courses.  Key assessments that will be offered include:  Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), Farmers Adopting Computer Training (ACT), and Human Resources Development (HRD).

To be considered eligible for assistance, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Pender County and provide proof that their income or lifestyle has been affected by changes in the tobacco industry.  In addition, applicants who are unemployed or underemployed are eligible for assistance.

Please contact the CFCC Burgaw Center at (910) 362-7901 or email wkawczynski@cfcc.edu for more information.