Even though some federal and state aid is not available for non-credit courses, there are many options to decrease your cost.
Career Starters Scholarship
You may be eligible for a Career Starters Scholarship to reduce the cost of career training leading to a certification. The scholarship is intended to assist low-income individuals start careers in the following areas:
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Child Care
- Clinical Medical Assistant
- CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification
- Dental Assistant
- EKG Technician
- Electrical Wiring Technician
- Medical Coding and Billing
- Medicine Aide
- MIG/TIG and Arc Welding
- Personal Trainer
- Pesticide Applicator
- Truck and Bus Driver
- Veterinary Assistant
To apply, complete and return the Career Starters Scholarship Application
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
If you are employed or volunteer for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset counties you may be eligible for financial assistance. For more information, contact the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore at 410-742-9911.
Driver Education Tuition Assistance
Through our Wor-Wic Community College Foundation, assistance is available to become a licensed driver. Go to our Driver Education Tuition Assistance Information packet for information on how to apply.
Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Scholarships
|Students interested in certain high-demand occupations may be eligible for free training.
Free carpentry training is available to provide the skills necessary to get a job in the construction industry. Contact Quality Staffing Services at 410-742-2600 or visit easternshorejobs.com/training-programs to apply.
Casino Table Games Dealer
In partnership with Ocean Downs Casino, we offer free job training for those that want to become a casino table games dealer. You can contact Wor-Wic or call the Ocean Downs Casino Human Resources Office at 410-641-0600.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Free training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant is available. Details are provided at the mandatory information session required for all future CNA students
Welding & Metal Fabrication
Free training is available for a thirteen-week course designed to provide a student with the skills they need to gain an entry-level welder or metal fabricator position. Contact Quality Staffing Services at 410-742-2600 or visit easternshorejobs.com/training-programs to apply.
Clinical Medical Assistant
Free training to earn stackable credentials in Clinical Medical Assistant is available. Must be a current CNA in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing with one year of experience. Details are provided at an information session. For more information, call 410-334-2815.
Free training to earn stackable credentials in EKG Technician is available. Must be a current CNA in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing with one year of experience. Details are provided at an information session. For more information, call 410-334-2815.
Free training to earn stackable credentials in Phlebotomy is available. Must be a current CNA in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing with one year of experience. Details are provided at an information session. For more information, call 410-334-2815.
Eunice Q. Sorin Scholarship
If you are a resident of Worcester County, are currently in the workforce and want to pursue training to advance your career or upgrade your skills, you can apply for the Eunice Q. Sorin Scholarship. Go to https://occhamberfoundation.org/scholarship/ for more information.
Lower Shore Workforce Alliance
If you are a dislocated worker or economically disadvantaged, you may qualify to have your training costs covered. Call the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance at 410-341-6515 for more information.
P.E.O. is a charitable organization interested in providing support for women whose education has been interrupted that are interested in returning to complete a certification. P.E.O. offers grants for eligible applicants. For more information, visit http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-program-continuing-education-pce
Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships
Maryland State Senators and Delegates offer scholarships that can be used for non-credit courses leading to certification or licensure. Contact Ellie Soulis, Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator, at 410-334-2978 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to apply.
You can use your veterans benefits for career training in approved non-credit programs including certified nursing assistant, electrical wiring technician, HVACR, personal trainer, phlebotomy technician, truck and bus driver and welding. For more information, contact Fred Howard, Director of Veterans Services, at 410-334-2882.
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) funds this scholarship to provide financial assistance to students enrolling in non-credit certificate programs leading to apprenticeships, employment, licensure, or job skill enhancement. Complete and return the Career Starters Scholarship to apply.