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November 5, 2013

Craven Community College awarded
$120,000 North Carolina Back-to-Work grant

New Bern – Craven Community College awarded $120,000 North Carolina Back-to-Work grant

Back to Work

Craven Community College students and staff from the Green Trades Construction class working in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity home in New Bern.

“The N.C. Back-to-Work program is exciting because it brings together the efforts of many hard-working organizations who are committed to helping people who are in need of training or re-training,” stated Dr. Catherine Chew, college president.

“The college is providing a much needed training program in our local community,” stated Eddie Foster, executive director of customized training and environmental/safety institute. Foster added, “This is a unique opportunity for people to get quality training and obtain credentials that are nationally recognized by the construction industry.”

Participants in the N.C. Back-to-Work program have the potential to receive seven industry-recognized or state-regulated credentials in construction, environmental, safety and employability competencies. The goal of this program is to prepare approximately 60 under-employed, unemployed or military residents in the area for employment in construction trades or in related occupations. The grant will help cover a majority of the tuition and supply costs through scholarships. Students in the program will receive 474 hours of training, over about 22 weeks, to qualify them for six, industry-recognized credentials. Students will also receive career readiness certification.

CCC is working with local and state employment agencies, local building and community development agencies, local employers, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) to implement this training program.

Applications for CCC’s Back-to-Work program are now being accepted. Training classes are scheduled to begin Monday, November 18. For more information about the NC Back-to-Work program at CCC, contact Eddie Foster at 252-638-3919.

Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves more than 4,700 curriculum students and more than 11,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit

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