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Preparing People for Success in the Workplace!

Project Skill-UP is a training program sponsored by a grant to the NC Community College System from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund and is specifically designed to provide short-term training leading to employment to those adversely affected by the changes in the tobacco industry.

Training areas may include employability skills, BioWork, healthcare, computer skills, Ed2Go certificate classes, small business development, truck driver training, industrial maintenance, and other short-term Continuing Education and curriculum programs. Financial assistance may include tuition, fees, books and materials. Project Skill-UP is in its 4th year funding and has successfully assisted 125 people obtain education towards career goals. Training Plans are individually designed, based on each student’s employability goals and may include one or more courses depending on the student’s program of interest. Determine Eligibility by calling the Project Skill-UP contact person to schedule an appointment.

About Us:

BioWork studentsIn recent years Johnston County and surrounding counties have seen a decline in many of its traditional employment fields. The changes experienced in the tobacco industry have reduced tobacco-related employment in the county impacting farm workers, tobacco-related manufacturers, local businesses, and the communities which have depended on the income derived from tobacco production survival. The closing of industries and distribution centers such as K.R. Edwards Leaf Tobacco Company and the reduction in the number of tobacco farm operations has affected many people in the county. To support the training needs of individuals and their families displaced by the changing tobacco industry, Johnston Community College has implemented this comprehensive career training program. Funding for Project Skill-UP is provided through a grant from The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to the NC Community College System. A Project Skill–UP training plan may include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Skills Assessment
  • Employability Training
  • Short-Term Occupational Skills Training
  • Student Financial Assistance


Through its county-wide collaborations, JCC can reach out to its partners including, JobLink Career Centers, Employment Security Commission, and NC Cooperative Extension to locate and recruit individuals to participate in Project Skill-UP.

Success Stories:

Rebecca Regan recently completed the Teacher’s Assistant certification program at Johnston Community College thanks to grant funds allocated by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to assist people displaced from the tobacco industry. Read more...


North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
The purpose of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is to implement the tobacco trust fund statue.

Project Skill UpJobLink Career Center
JobLink Career Centers are user-friendly facilities, which provide job seekers and employers access to a variety of employment, and training services all under one roof.

Employability Skills Training
Human Resources Development (HRD) provides skills assessment services, employability skills training, and career development activities for adults who are unemployed or underemployed. 

Computer Courses



Teacher Assistant

Industrial Maintenance

Pharmacy Assistant

Truck Driver Training

Project Skill-UP contact:

Danielle Hussey
Johnston County Workforce Development Center
135 Bestwood Drive
Clayton, NC 27520
Phone: 919-209-2042

Funding for Project Skill-UP is provided through a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
Funding for Project Skill-UP is provided through a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

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