A statewide awareness campaign, called “Time for a New YOU,” has launched for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund that is available for eligible North Carolina community college students.

GEER provides $15 million in tuition assistance to students enrolled in short-term workforce training programs in one of North Carolina’s “Great 58” community colleges.

The short-term programs supported by the scholarship are in high-demand fields that will lead to a state or industry-recognized credential.

The ten high-demand areas are automotive, construction, emergency medical services, healthcare, information technology, aircraft maintenance, criminal justice, fire and rescue services, industrial/manufacturing and transportation.

The scholarship awards up to $750, or the cost of the program – whichever is more – and can be used to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other costs of attendance.

Eligible students must be a North Carolina resident and currently enrolled in an eligible continuing education program or course for a minimum of 96 hours.

For details on GEER-eligible programs at CCC&TI and enrolling, visit CCCTI.edu/geer.