Finish Line Grant Program

On July 12th, 2018, Governor Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant program, which helps students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges. In partnership with the Durham Workforce Development Board, Durham Tech offers access to these funds for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their credit or noncredit program and are in good academic standing.

Eligible Programs

Students who are enrolled at Durham Tech in any credit certificate, diploma, or degree program and are registered for or have completed at least 50 percent of the credits required for the credential are eligible to be considered for a Finish Line Grant.

Students who are enrolled at Durham Tech in one of the following noncredit programs and are registered for or have completed at least 50 percent of the requirements for the credential are also eligible to be considered for a Finish Line Grant:

  • High School Equivalency (at least 50 percent of testing completed)
  • Gateway to College/Adult High School (at least 50 percent of HS credits completed)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • FESTO Advanced Manufacturing 4.0
  • Electrical Line worker Technician
  • Esthetician Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Fire Academy
  • START
  • BioWork Plus

Qualification Guidelines

  • 50 percent of degree, certificate or diploma program completed;
  • In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA or on track to complete a noncredit credential);
  • 18 years or older;
  • US Citizen or authorization to work in the United States;
  • Male students must be compliant with selective services requirements

Note: The maximum grant is $1,000 per semester.


Examples of Qualifying Events

  • Sudden homelessness or lack of housing due to a natural disaster, fire, or documented roommate dispute resulting in a need for short-term emergency housing;
  • Eviction/foreclosure due to unexpected loss of income;
  • Sudden lack of transportation due to an accident or unexpected mechanical issues;
  • Loss of books, computer, or course supplies/equipment, after the initial purchase, due to natural disaster, fire, or theft;
  • Financial emergency preventing the payment of a utility bill

Note: Funds will not be distributed directly to the student but to the entity providing the service for the student.


Next Steps

  1. Schedule an appointment for an interview with one of the staff members listed below.
  2. Register with NCWorks online.
  3. If approved for consideration, students will be contacted to schedule an appointment for WIOA enrollment with NCWorks Career Center staff.
  4. After enrollment and approval for a FinishLine grant, the NCWorks Career Center Case Manager will continue to support you.

Schedule an Appointment for an Interview

Credit and noncredit students may schedule an appointment for an interview by contacting one of these staff members:

Ms. Karen Mosley
Coordinator, Counseling Services
Wynn Building (Building 10), room 10-209
Main Campus
919-536-7200, ext. 1408
mosleylk@durhamtech.edu

Ms. VĂ©ga Swepson
Resource Specialist/HRD Instructor
CEC (Building 6), room 6-114
Main Campus
919-536-7200, ext. 4003
swepsonv@durhamtech.edu