In order to help unemployed area residents get a fresh start, Wells Fargo has donated $7,700 to Southwestern Community College. The grant, which was secured following an application submitted by SCC’s Sonja Haynes, will allow multiple students to attend occupational training programs through the college’s workforce and economic development department. “This fits perfectly with the vision and values of Wells Fargo,” said Leslie Hayes, regional president for Triad West Community Banking. “Our foundation has designated education as one of our primary focus areas. We realize that education is one of the most important investments we can make in our country’s future. Considering our service area’s high unemployment rate, it’s not just enough to provide training,” said Haynes, who is SCC’s dean of workforce and economic development. “Many of our students are among the long-term unemployed and have used up their unemployment eligibility. When you’re in that position, even a small registration fee would be difficult. That’s why SCC is always looking for ways to help pay the tuition; we want to help our students get the training they need to get back in the workforce.”
For more information about Southwestern’s workforce and economic development programs, contact Haynes at 828-339-4218, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southwesterncc.edu.