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JobsConnect Pathway Class Enhances Employability for Area Youth


Surry Community College collaborated with the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board and NCWorks NextGen Youth Program to provide training for participants to enhance employability skills. While involved in work experiences through the NextGen program, students enrolled in Surry's JobsConnect Pathway class.

The first nine students completed the program on July 25 including Yazmin Bosave of Yadkinville; Cameron Billings of Ronda; Dakota Dudley-Doss of State Road; Graylon Hughes and Cresencio Santos, and Mary Wright of Elkin; Zuleima Garcia and Shay Rosales of Mount Airy; and Andrew Walker of Jonesville.

“Surry Community College is proud to partner with the NextGen program to provide the training necessary to support our collective goal of building a talent pipeline for local employers, ” says Rachel Hiatt, SCC Business and Industry Services Specialist.

In two weeks, the JobsConnect Pathway class provides participants with industry recognized credentials such as OSHA 10 Certification and soft skills training. Through the collaboration with NextGen, this training was provided at no cost to the student. Developed by Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, the primary goal of the NextGen Youth Program is to provide a structure and sense of accomplishment in the lives of youth who are served by the program through education and employment opportunities. To learn more, visit

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