‘Great day of discussion’ – trustees gain three new members and talk strategic goals at annual retreat

Clerk of Court Jess Hill swore in new Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees members Ricky Bullard, Chandler Worley and Danny McPherson at its regular board meeting at the Ritz Center in Tabor City on July 11. Al Leonard, not present at the meeting, will be sworn in at the September regular board meeting.  

Bullard was appointed by the Columbus County Board of Commissioners, while Worley and McPherson were appointed by the N.C. House of Representatives. Leonard was appointed by the N.C. Senate.  

Transitional Studies paves way for digital literacy with $35,000 grant

The North Carolina Community College System is breaking barriers between technology use and student success with the Digital Navigator Grant. Southeastern Community College’s Transitional Studies program was one of 20 community colleges awarded the federally funded $35,000 grant to purchase laptops, hire training personnel and host workshops. 

“As you know, helping students to be successful in their programs of study often depends on their ability to use technology and digital information effectively,” the System Office wrote to the grant recipients.  

Future teachers sign contracts and receive scholarships to UNCP
Southeastern Community College Teacher Prep students Ana Reese Blake and Kennedy Strickland signed a contract signifying their commitment to becoming a teacher within the Columbus County school system. Friends, family and staff from SCC, Columbus County Schools and UNC Pembroke gathered in the lobby of Cartrette Building on June 24 for the Columbus County Schools Future Teachers Scholarship Presentation.  
Summer Discovery Camps offer five areas of exploration for young teens

Southeastern Community College’s Summer Discovery Camps, focused on building construction, automotive systems, agribusiness, cosmetology and engineering, will plunge young teens age 12 - 15 into the world of business careers and technical programs. The free camps are fun, interactive and designed as a precursor to high school summer camps at SCC.  

Dean of Business Careers and Technical Programs Angie Ransom said that SCC instructors will lead each of the five camps. The camps will expose teens to possible career fields and areas of study they may want to pursue at SCC.  

‘Figuring it out together’ – SCC hosts first human resources task force meeting

Southeastern Community College welcomed 31 human resources directors and staff members to campus for a breakfast and workshop discussion on June 5, the first of its kind for the college. The main goal of the breakfast event was to compile a list of roadblocks that local employers and industry partners hit when recruiting and retaining new employees. 

SCC President Dr. Chris English made opening remarks and highlighted the apprenticeship and short-term workforce development programs at SCC that are training qualified candidates and creating pathways for them. He said that work-based learning opportunities are going to “grow our own” in meeting the needs of employers.  

New Bronco Benefit program provides seamless transition for SCC transfer students

Southeastern Community College was one of several community colleges that forged a new partnership with Fayetteville State University with the Bronco Benefit, a program designed for transfer students with at least 30 completed credit hours looking to obtain their bachelor's degree. SCC President Dr. Chris English and SCC Executive Vice President Dr. Sylivia Cox signed an articulation agreement in the Rudolph Jones Student Center at FSU on May 29 during a signing ceremony and luncheon. 

“We’re excited to work with Fayetteville State University because of the wonderful opportunities they have for students and the support they provide,” Cox said. “When we have a seamless articulation agreement between a university and our community college, it really helps those transfer students get to that first day of class on that university campus as easily as possible.”

Early College seniors turn tassels on May 23

It was a day of celebration for 48 Columbus Career and College Academy seniors as they crossed the stage in Southeastern Community College’s auditorium on May 23. Of those students, 39 of them received SCC credentials in the form of associate degrees, diplomas or certificates. It was the first time having the graduation ceremony at SCC in over 10 years. 

CCCA, a high school formed in partnership with Columbus County Schools, is housed on SCC’s campus and provides a free five-year program for students to earn a high school diploma and associate degree at the same time. CCCA Principal Christian Godwin said this unique approach to high school is for career-oriented students with options to explore technical programs or transfer to a university.

Cribb wins $500 Visa gift card giveaway

Southeastern Community College sophomore Michelle Cribb won the $500 Visa gift card for the Summer and Fall Registration Giveaway drawing. Cribb will graduate in May 2025 with an associate of arts degree, and she plans to transfer to UNC Wilmington to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.  

Cribb was entered in the gift card giveaway because she registered before May 15 for her summer and fall classes. Cribb recommended that all students should register early for classes, and free giveaways are a “nice bonus.” Dean of Student Services Colene Faulk said she used a random name selector app to draw Cribb’s name from the list of eligible students. 

Spring graduation season kicks into high gear at SCC

Southeastern Community College’s spring graduation season encompassed several ceremonies starting with the fire academy on May 3, nursing pinning on May 7, MLT and phlebotomy pinning on May 8, healthcare training on May 9 and the full graduation ceremony on May 10. 

“It was a very busy week celebrating our students, and it’s always exciting to celebrate the successes of our students,” said Dr. Chris English, SCC president. “We had a great graduating class of 2024 on Friday morning and thank goodness we didn’t have any rain. Witnessing all the enjoyment from the students and the support from loved ones and spouses was a thrill to see.” 

SCC’s College 4 Kids summer camp slated for June 17 – 20

Southeastern Community College’s College 4 Kids summer camp returns with an action-packed line-up of fun and educational classes for children ages 7 - 12 on June 17 through June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The registration cost is $65, and it includes breakfast and lunch provided by the USDA Summer Food Service Program through Whiteville City Schools.     

“I am looking forward to College 4 Kids, and I can’t wait to have the kids on campus,” said Dawn Williamson, MLT instructor and camp coordinator. “They’ll be doing activities like pottery, cyber security, CrossFit, drone flying, canoeing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and so much more.”