Nursing Pathway Grant

Nursing Pathway Grant

Have you been displaced from your job?  Are you considering a career change to nursing?

The need for CNA’s & Nurses is great and continuing to grow.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are not enough Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and nurses to fill the need.  In the US, 1.2 million vacancies will emerge between 2014 and 2022.

A career in nursing is rewarding.  In addition to an opportunity for good pay and benefits, a career in nursing provides a rewarding experience through helping others.

There are opportunities to enter the nursing profession quickly.  You can complete a program to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in as little as 3 months.  There are a large number of CNA positions available.  This means fast paths to entering the nursing profession as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Educational funding is available through the Nursing Pathway Grant.  The Nursing Pathway Grant provides funding to qualified applicants to assist with the cost for education.  In order to qualify for this grant, you must meet the definition of a Dislocated Worker as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (see below for definition).

If you are interested in learning more about the Nursing Pathway Grant, or would like to apply, contact:

Erica Lawson
NC Works
(336) 427-3100 ext. 3011

What is the Definition of a Dislocated Worker?

A dislocated worker is an individual who meets at least one of the criteria below:

*  Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment;

*  Is eligible for or has exhausted unemployment insurance;

*  Has demonstrated an appropriate attachment to the workforce, but not eligible for unemployment insurance and unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;

*  Has been terminated or laid off or received notification of termination or layoff from employment as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff;

*  Is employed at a facility, where the employer has made the general announcement that the facility will close within 180 days;

*  Was self-employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher, or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of a natural disaster; or

*  Is a displaced homemaker who is no longer supported by another family member;

*  (Additional NC Eligibility) Individuals who are long-term unemployed as defined as unemployed for 13 consecutive weeks or more are eligible as a Dislocated Worker.

In order to receive employment and training service under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, one must meet the certain eligibility requirements.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • A U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • A male must be in compliance with the registration provisions of the Military Selective Service Act.

For more assistance as a Dislocated Worker, visit your local NCWorks Career Center.

How Do I Apply for this Grant?

A.  Meet the definition of a Dislocated Worker.

B.  Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an on-line application to apply for federal student aid.  To fill out the FAFSA, visit:

C.  Apply and be accepted by an approved CNA or Nursing Program

For a list of approved programs, contact:

Erica Lawson
NC Works
(336) 427-3100 ext. 3011

Additional application requirements may apply.  The Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board Nursing Pathway is an Equal Opportunity Program.

What is the Application Deadline?

PROGRAM ENDS APRIL 30, 2018.  All funds must be distributed by 4/30/2018.  Some restrictions may apply.