SCC Students Receive SECU Bridge to Career Scholarships

SECU Scholarship Students

Pictured (L-R): Steve Brown, Senior Vice President, State Employees’ Credit Union, Albemarle Branch #52 and Broker in Charge, Electrical Lineworker students Hunter Allred, Dylan Gregory, Dakota Smith, and State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member and IT Academy Program Head at Stanly Community College, Kelly Caudle.


Albemarle, NC – The member-funded State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded three Stanly Community College (SCC) students the SECU Bridge to Career Workforce Development scholarship, valued at $500,  to study at SCC in the Electrical Lineworker training program.  The scholarship recipients areHunter Allred (Asheboro), Dylan Gregory (Oakboro), and Dakota Smith (Pleasant Garden).

The SECU Bridge to Career Program strives to help remove financial barriers for unemployed and underemployed students seeking careers with sustainable wages in their local communities.  Administered by each college, the initiative focuses on assisting individuals with finding vocational and job placement opportunities through eligible training programs that lead to state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials.  Scholarship funding will be applied to educational expenses and other expenditures associated with their program of study through a North Carolina Community College workforce development program.

Kelly Caudle the State Employees’ Credit Union’s  local Advisory Board member and IT Academy Program Head at Stanly Community College, comments, “SECU members share a deep commitment to education and the cooperative spirit of helping others.  The SECU Bridge to Career Program is an opportunity to help these students succeed, opening doors that will challenge and prepare them for a new career and future in today’s workplace.  On behalf of SECU Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to offer our congratulations to Hunter Allred, Dylan Gregory, and Dakota Smith.”

With the combined commitments for the SECU Bridge to Career and “People Helping People®” Community College Scholarship programs, SECU Foundation funding for the NC Community College System totals over $1 million annually.

SCC’s Electrical Lineworker training program provides students with the knowledge and climbing skills necessary to enter into the field of power distribution. For more information about the SECU or the SECU Foundation, please visit