NCNN reported on Friday July 13th, 2018 : Read full article at NC News Network
In his most recent budget, Gov. Cooper proposed $20 million for Finish Line Grants to be made available for four-year college and university students, in addition to community college students, but the General Assembly did not include it in the budget. The funding for this iteration of the program will come from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
“We must maintain a strong workforce to continue attracting companies and helping business thrive in North Carolina,” said N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “The Finish Line Grants program will further expand our pool of skilled workers by eliminating barriers that prevent talented students from completing their training and getting rewarding jobs that support them and their families.”
“It’s unfortunate that the legislature did not include the Finish Line Grants program in their budget to help a wider range of students get this support, but I am proud to take this step today for community college students. As I continue to hear from business leaders across the state that their number one need is a well-trained workforce, my administration will continue to prioritize preparing workers,” said Gov. Cooper.