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SCC Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support at the SBC

sccnewsicon(Click to Tweet) The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Created in1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) had expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.

Today, with more than 60 sites, the Small Business Center Network is known as the most expansive state-funded technical small business assistance program in the United States with locations within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian.

According to Dr. Brenda Kays, President of Stanly Community College, “…entrepreneurship and small business are the backbone of our economy in Stanly County. The Small Business Center’s sole mission is to assist small business to grow our economy and jobs. In fact, over the last several years Stanly Community College’s SBC has helped create and retain nearly 300 jobs. Together, the Stanly Community College Small Business Center (SBC) and local business are making a difference in our economy.”

Stanly Community College Small Business Center annually helps over 50 new and existing in Stanly County businesses a year. Additionally, they hold over 100 seminars a year on variety of topics that include on how to start a business, bookkeeping/accounting, marketing, taxes, and non-profit operations.

The mission of the Small Business Centers is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, with the goal of job creation and retention.

For more information, contact Frank Tamberelli, SBC Director at 704-991-0182 or


Students Complete Electrical Lineman Training

Electrical Lineman Graduates(Click to Tweet) Students in the Electrical Lineman program have completed their 8-week training period in order to earn their industry-recognized certification. The Electrical Lineman program teaches students basic elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power system, as well as transformer and meter installations. On successful completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills for employment in various electrical utility industries.

Electrical utility linemen and technicians will typically do the following: drive work vehicles to job sites; install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move and distribute electricity; identify defective devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, and switches; inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment; string power lines between poles and buildings; climb poles and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment; operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles and line; and follow safety standards and procedures.

According to O*NET, an online partner of the American Job Center Network, nearly 50,000 electrical power-line installer and repairer job openings are predicted between 2012-2022.

Stanly Community College’s next Electrical Lineman program is scheduled to begin in March 2015. Classes are taught on a 15-acre training site located on the Albemarle campus. Class size is limited to 12 students. Please call (704) 991-0181 for additional information.

Electrical Lineman Graduates

Pictured are the electrical lineman graduates. Left pole, top to bottom: Steve Cree, Will Leazer, Tanner Hatley, and Matthew Black. Right pole, top to bottom: Grady Bigger, Jerry Padrta, and Stone Hamilton. Students pictured in the truck-mounted bucket (L-R): Daniel Tuituku and Reed Wolf. Electrical Lineman instructors Randy Smith (left) and Bill Wilson (right) are pictured in front of the bucket truck.


Students Graduate from Pharmacy Technician Degree Program

Pharmacy Tech Graduates(Click to Tweet) Four students will be graduating next week from the first Pharmacy Technician degree program at Stanly Community College (SCC). The program was initiated in January 2013 after North Carolina legislation allowed pharmacy technicians holding associate degrees to validate drugs prepared by registered technicians in a hospital setting. Graduates are now prepared to work as verifying technicians.

For details, contact Kim Lewis at 704-991-0156 or, or visit the program page for Pharmacy Technology.

Pharmacy Tech Graduates

Pharmacy Technology Degree graduates include: (L-R) Taylor Owen, Lavonia Presley, Kathy Blalock, and Katie Brown.


Female Gender Gears Up for IT Jobs

Lindsey & Megan(Click to Tweet) Cisco Systems thrives in a culture of empowerment, engagement, and innovation, making it one of the most admired IT companies to work for. They vigorously partake in activities to increase women's interests in IT careers. Nearly 25% of total new hires at Cisco are females.

Stanly Community College (SCC) students Lindsey McRae and Megan Chapman were both chosen to attend a special event that was held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh, and it was by invitation only. Both students were escorted by SCC’s Business, Career, & Technology Director, Sylvia Lewis. Approximately 64 female students from top colleges and universities in North Carolina attended. The event was lavishly decorated in a pink theme, from balloons to goody bags, and each participant went home with something pink. Cisco executives, as well as marketing and IT personnel spoke on various topics, including women in IT, Cisco innovations, and resume and interviewing skills. The guests were given a tour of the campus including their brand new fitness facility.

“Wow, what great experience! No matter where my future takes me, today has had a great impact on my self-confidence,” said Lindsey MaRae, SCC Networking Technology and Information Systems Security degree candidate 2015. Lindsey is also studying for the CCNA Certification, which is an Associate level of Cisco Certifications that can be related to network installations, operations and troubleshooting. After graduation, she hopes to become an IT engineer for Cisco at their Charlotte branch.

Megan Chapman, who is also studying for the Networking Technology and Information Systems Security degree, and the CCNA Certification, is set to graduate in May 2015 too. “I seriously love the vision of this [Cisco] company. I'm so excited for my future.”

Megan is hoping that her future plans include traveling around the world as an IT engineer for Cisco.

Stanly Community College strongly encourages the female gender to branch out into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Nearly 71% of Stanly Community College’s degree seeking students are females, and only 1.2% are seeking IT degrees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology.”

For more information regarding the Networking Technology program, contact Brian Crump at (704) 991-0373, and for the Information Systems Security degree or the Cisco Academy, contact Kelly Caudle at (704) 991-0346.

Lindsey & Megan

Pictured: Lindsey McRae (left) and Megan Chapman (right) were both chosen to attend a special event that was recently held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh. Only 1.2% of degree seeking women at SCC are studying for careers in the IT industry.


SCC Alumni Creates Helical Games

Patrick BarnhardtLet’s face it, times are tough. Out of necessity, many people look for ways to supplement their income. Some individuals succeed with side businesses while they continue to work a full-time job, and that’s just what Stanly Community College (SCC) Alumni Patrick Barnhardt is doing.

“I work full-time for QC Data in Charlotte. I’m a General Information Systems (GIS) Technician. I also own a side-business “indie” game studio called Helical Games, and have several titles that I fill as the owner,” explained Patrick, a 2012 SCC Simulation & Game Development graduate.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Multimedia Artists and Animators, approximately 69,000 people worked as multi-media artists and animators in 2012, and more than half are self-employed. “Projected growth for this industry will reach 6 percent from 2012-2022, due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.”

Helical Games is a small independent game development company that Patrick formed in 2012, and he takes great pride in gathering talent from both local sources, other states, and even crossing over-seas. “We pride ourselves in giving our team members the chance to shine and provide them with resources to do their best. We maintain a library of educational resources that is made accessible to all of our team members and is frequently updated with hot topics such as development in Unreal Engine 4©, Unity3D©, and SPEngine©, as well as processes such as next-generation rigging and animation in Maya©, Modular level design, and Artificial Intelligence in games,” noted Patrick.

Patrick handles the design, setup, deployment, and maintenance of the online systems. He also does the recruiting of team members, the assignment of duties, and the tracking of progress. “I would like to eventually work on games full-time, either continuing to build on Helical Games, or work at another studio,” he said. He encourages those interested in Helical Games to visit the website located at He also wants potential “gamers" to know that it’s good to get your education and set goals, but always have a backup plan too. “You may have to entertain something you enjoy less to support your passion.”

About Careers, located at, points out that solid computer skills are necessary for a career in this industry, because a considerable amount of the work includes using complex computer software and occasionally writing code.

Patrick Barnhardt

For more information about the Simulation & Game Development degree at Stanly Community College, contact Adam Carriker at (704) 991-0372 or


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