Workforce Continuing Education


GEER Scholarship (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief)

The GEER Scholarship Program provides scholarships for eligible community college workforce continuing education students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs within ten workforce pathways leading to a State or industry-recognized credential.

The scholarship is based on student need, local industry needs, number of eligible students, and cost of course, up to a maximum award of either $750 per course or the cost of the course fee(s) if the fee(s) exceed $750. The scholarship helps cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components of the total cost of attendance.

Recipients of this scholarship must be a resident of North Carolina and must be enrolled in a short-term training pathway or course that is 96 hours or more and leads to a state or industry-recognized credential.

The approved pathways:

Download the GEER Scholarship Application

Send GEER Scholarship applications to the WCC Financial Aid department at

Other Scholarships

Submit applications to

Other Financial Assistance


Wayne Community College wishes to aid students directly or indirectly impacted by the Coronavirus Outbreak. Please complete the application to request assistance. Eligible students must be currently enrolled or have completed an occupational extension course in Workforce Continuing Education in Spring 2022.

Instructions: Please complete and return the application to Ms. Maxine Cooper (919-739-6938) at or at the Workforce Continuing Education Building (Walnut Building, East Entrance) by Friday, April 29, 2022.

Download the HEERF III Application


Short-term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant

The Short-term Workforce Development Grant is for eligible students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs within workforce pathways identified in collaboration with the Department of Commerce that lead to a state or industry-recognized credential. Based on student needs, awards can be up to $750 per course and may address tuition/registration fees, course fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other costs of attendance.

Eligible credentials:

  1. Must be a North Carolina resident as determined by the NC Residency Determination Service.
  2. Must be enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education pathways/courses leading to a North Carolina Workforce Credential identified as either Essential or Career level. A list of eligible credentials is available at

Download the STWD Grant application

Below is a helpful video showing you how to complete the Residency Determination Service.