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Helping students cross the ‘Finish Line’: DavidsonWorks awarded grant to aid DCCC students finish their degrees

October 25, 2018 – DavidsonWorks has been awarded $35,000 in partnership with Davidson County Community College from the state’s Finish Line Grants program. The program is an initiative to help community college students across North Carolina complete their training and education when facing unforeseen emergencies.

Students are able to apply for a set amount of money to help cover the costs of such events. The ultimate goal is to ensure financial barriers are alleviated so students may complete their academic programs. Allowable expenses under the program include transportation, car repairs, child care, dependent care, housing, utility bills, medical referrals and assistance with books and supplies.

“These are real financial barriers our students face,” DCCC Single Stop Coordinator Martika Nelson said. “Financial challenges will happen in our student population this year, and these funds will go to helping those students follow through with their education after all their hard work and effort they’ve put into their program.”

The college partnered with DavidsonWorks to apply for the grant funding. Representatives from each organization will collaborate in a joint process to review funding requests from students who have completed 75 percent of their degree, credential, including courses in the current enrolled semester, as well as eligible Continuing Education courses. Applicants must also be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or higher and be 18 years-old.

Eligible students experiencing a financial emergency can request for funds from the Finish Line Grants through the Single Stop Office located on the second floor of the Mendenhall Building of the Davidson campus. DCCC faculty may also refer students to Single Stop for funding.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the program July 12, 2018, to be used in the 2018-2019 school year. The program was created from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I funds.

“These funds could make the difference between derailing a student’s education and the excitement of pride of walking across the graduation stage. We’re excited to have the opportunity to make the latter a reality for students facing these financial situations,” Nelson said.



About Davidson County Community College

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.