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A new statewide awareness campaign is promoting the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which is available for eligible North Carolina community college students.

GEER scholarship programGEER provides $15 million in tuition assistance to students enrolled in short-term workforce training programs at North Carolina’s “Great 58” – Fayetteville Technical Community College and the state’s other 57 community colleges.

The scholarship awards up to $750 or the cost of the program – whichever is more – and can be used to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other costs of attendance.

The short-term programs supported by the scholarship are in high-demand fields that will lead to a state or industry-recognized credential. Ten high-demand areas have been identified and are automotive, construction, emergency medical services, healthcare, information technology, aircraft maintenance, criminal justice, fire and rescue services, industrial / manufacturing and transportation. FTCC has many training options in these areas through its Corporate and Continuing Education division.

“Our community colleges are strengthening North Carolina’s position in the global marketplace, and we will lead the state’s economic recovery,” said Thomas A. Stith III, president of the N.C. Community College System. “Our community colleges provide affordable and accessible education opportunities and produce graduates who are highly competitive candidates for hire.”

Eligible students must be residents of North Carolina and must be currently enrolled in an eligible continuing education program or course for a minimum of 96 hours.

To apply only for a GEER scholarship at FTCC, visit this site. You may also apply in person at the Records & Registration Office in the Neill Currie Building, Room 218, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville. Visit this site or call 910-678-8432 for more information.

For more information about the statewide campaign, please visit