The purpose of this Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work grant is to provide funding to Piedmont Community College to support the Empowerment and Education for Employment (Triple E) project.

PCC will work collaboratively with local workforce development agencies, human services agencies, and employers to increase the number of working age adults obtaining at least one industry-led, third-party credential and participating in work-based learning opportunities through paid internships or on-the-job training.

Industries Include:

  • Welding
  • CDL (Class A)
  • Bioworks Process Technician
  • HVAC Electrical Training

A case manager will work closely with students and refer them to collaborating agencies for assistance addressing their barriers to employment. Many local employers have guaranteed an interview to students who successfully complete CPT and Siemens Level I credentialing due to the high demand for individuals with those skills. Golden LEAF funds will be used for staffing (shared with PCC), equipment, supportive services, training, and work-based learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Unemployed for at least 6 months or

Underemployed plus one of the following barriers:

  • Criminal Record
  • Poor Work History
  • Child care issues
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Poor Computer Skills
  • Transportation Issues
  • Low Reading and/or math skills

See for yourself!

Man in FedEx uniform standing in front of building during sunset

“It’s been the chance of a lifetime. Thank you for pushing me to reach levels like this in the corporate world.”

David Poindexter, Triple E recipient


Karen Peterson
Instructor, HRD/Lab Coordinator/Chief Testing Examiner
(336) 322-2188 | BDEC