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SCC Unveils Faculty Innovation Studio

NA-I Day AlbemarleFaculty members at Stanly Community College (SCC) have a unique opportunity to collaborate and develop high quality online course content in a new Faculty Innovation Studio. The interactive, state-of-the-art facility, which is located at 213 Patterson Building, Albemarle Campus, was unveiled on Thursday, October 16. The Faculty Innovation Studio is funded by a five-year, $2.2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The new studio is supported by an eLearning Activity Coordinator (Joe Pollard) and an eLearning Designer (Phillip Baucom) for one-on-one assistance to faculty in meeting standards for course delivery. The studio will also be used extensively for Professional Development training. Plans during the five-year grant period include redesign of sixty courses across the curriculum and development of six new eLearning courses for the Emergency Medical Science program. In addition, a serious Gaming/Simulation component will be developed as an element in twenty eLearning courses. Traditional classrooms will be converted to Smart classrooms to include e-podiums, interactive promethean boards, wireless projectors, high resolution document cameras, video cameras, ceiling microphones, and 60” plasma TVs.

“SCC has been awarded a second year of Title III funding in the amount of $449,855,” noted Marlene Saunders, Title III Project Director. “The $2.2 million award that we announced last fall is funded over a period of five years. We must submit reports and demonstrate that we are doing what we have been funded to do in order to get funding in the following year. Continuation of funding is not automatic.”

The second year of funding through the grant will focus on providing students with a dedicated space (eLearning Student Hub) for in-person and virtual advising and for technical support and training on the learning management system used to deliver online and hybrid instruction. The space to be renovated will be equipped with 21st century technology-rich stations and manned with trained staff to assist eLearning students in meeting individually and as a group with advisors for technical support and training. Interactive modules are being developed to include an orientation module, a student vetting module to determine a student’s readiness for enrolling in online courses, and customized advising modules. Students in online courses will be able to receive the same assistance as a student who is on campus.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays stated, “The College is extremely proud of this new facility and the technology that it will bring to the fingertips of faculty who offer courses with any degree of an eLearning component. It is critical that students who receive instruction in an online learning environment have the opportunity to actively engage with the course materials and experience rich interaction with faculty and peers. The technology represented in this new environment will provide a superior degree of quality in SCC's eLearning courses. It is amazing what has been accomplished in just one year with the grant dollars awarded to the College from the Department of Education. This grant is entitled “Strengthening Institutions” and it has already served that purpose at SCC while at the same time enhanced student learning and success.”

SMART Board

Joe Pollard, SCC’s eLearning Activity Coordinator, explains to Emily Leslie, Financial Aid Associate, on the use of one of several touch sensitive SMART boards integrated in the design of the new SCC Faculty Recording Studio.

Coffee Break

SCC faculty and staff grab a cup of coffee and a donut at the coffee station inside the new Faculty Innovation Studio during the unveiling on October 16th.

Multi-display Meeting Space

Joe Pollard, eLearning Activity Coordinator, explains to Emily Leslie, Financial Aid Associate, on the various adaptable uses of the multi-display meeting space, one of four incorporated in the new Faculty Innovation Studio at SCC.

 

SCC Students Complete Nurse Aide Training

NA-I Day AlbemarleStudents at the Albemarle campus and the Crutchfield Education Center of Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed Nurse Aide Training in Level I (NA-I) and Nurse Aide Level I Hybrid.

The NA-I program, or beginning of the multi-skilled NA certificate program, is a 165-hour program that includes intensive lecture/lab, a clinical component and state exam preparation. Students learn patient care skills used in long-term care facilities, hospitals and home care agencies.

The Nurse Aide I Hybrid program is a 172-hour course consisting of online instruction, on-campus skill competencies and clinical hours in a long-term care facility. This course provides students with knowledge in basic nursing skills to bring direct personal care to various healthcare settings.

Upon successful completion of this program, students can continue on to the Nurse Aide Level II course of study or they can apply to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) State exam. Once the students have successfully completed this exam, they will be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

If you would like more information about the nurse aide programs offered through Stanly Community College, contact Nurse Aide Coordinator Dana Craven, RN, at 704-991-0342 or dcraven5309@stanly.edu.

NA-I Day Albemarle

NA-I Day at Albemarle - Front row (L to R): Stevi Locklear, Anylu Chong, Whitney Brooks, Janae Moore and Jennifer Lowder, RN (Instructor). Back row: Ashley Medley, Chassidy Williams, Sara Gainey and Sara Poplin.

NA-I Day Crutchfield

NA-I Day at Crutchfield - Front row (L to R): Sammie Cooley, Lori Reeder, RN (Instructor) and Jessica Player. Back row: Christa Whaley, Chelsie Radford, Joshua Goudelock and Abbey Horne.

NA-I Hybrid

NA-I Hybrid - Front row (L to R): Angie Hastings, Karah Baker and Kathy Senn, RN (Instructor). Second row: Tina Starbird, Julia Robinson and Kasey Cline. Third row: Whitney Bolick, Laurie Barrier and Chasity Lee. Back row: Kim Goodman and Kim Cline.

NA-I Evening Crutchfield

NA-I Evening at Crutchfield – Front row (L to R): James Jones, Alisa Cooper-Perkins, Trivia Donahue, Allison Greene and Crystal Pittman. Back row: Nancy Murr, RN (Instructor), Sarah Cashman and Cortney Thomas.

NA-I Evening Albemarle

NA-I Evening at Albemarle – Front row (L to R): Resa R. Harris, Debra Hartsell, De’Shari Griffin and Madison L. File.
Back row: Shea McSwain, Lynn Burr and Amanda Little, RN (Instructor). Not pictured: Shantell Liles and Kemisha Willoughby.

   

Business Graduate Lands Banking Job

Brandon HarkeyBreaking into the world of finance can be challenging, but Stanly Community College (SCC) alumnus Brandon Harkey landed his dream job just shortly after graduating with a Business Administration degree. “I started my career at Wells Fargo as a part-time teller. With hard work and strong drive I’ve been promoted twice and currently work as a Personal Banker 1,” explained Brandon. Serving as SCC’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) local chapter president from 2011-2012 and PBL’s State Historian, Brandon is no stranger to hard work and finds himself back at SCC earning a second degree in accounting in order to become a licensed investment banker. “It can be challenging at times, adapting to the fast paced world of personal finances, but helping customers get out of debt is a very rewarding aspect of my job,” noted Brandon.

Wells Fargo Store Manager and Assistant Vice President Chad Nichols stated, “Brandon’s work ethic is to give the best customer service experience to all his customers, both internal and external. Brandon was recruited to work at Wells Fargo based on his involvement with Phi Beta Lambda at Stanly Community College. I had the pleasure of working with him in this organization during my time on the Board of Directors. Brandon’s people skills and desire to continue to improve his professional skills is what lead him to join the Wells Fargo team. Since recruiting Brandon, I have recruited several other Stanly Community College students to Wells Fargo based on their skills and involvement in Phi Beta Lambda.”

Brandon encourages others to take advantage of the extracurricular activities at the College such as PBL and the Student Government Association. “The skills, leadership, and real world experience I gained through the years as a member of PBL changed my life. It helped open doors that I thought were shut, and it helped me obtain business knowledge which aided me in landing my job here at Wells Fargo,” he said. Brandon has won state and national PBL awards in the Job Interview, Parliamentary Procedure, and Future Business Executive competitive events, as well as being North Carolina's inductee into the national “Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda” for 2014.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Services that investment bankers provide, such as helping with initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, will continue to be in demand as the economy grows.”

Brandon explained that SCC’s Business Administration degree covered a great deal of knowledge that can help students succeed in a wide range of industries and it doesn’t limit someone to just one particular field. “Business is everywhere. A strong business knowledge background can give you limitless possibilities for a good solid career path,” he said.

Earning your degree at Stanly Community College is very economical. In-state tuition and fees for fall 2014 for 16 or more credit hours is $1,261.25. “SCC is affordable and convenient. While attending classes, I was living only a few miles down the road which made getting to my classes quick and easy. As time went on, online classes began growing in popularity, making working from home on my own time a convenient alternative.”

For more information about the Business Administration or Accounting degrees at SCC, contact Michael Sperling, Program Director at (704) 991-0357 or msperling0559@stanly.edu.

Brandon Harkey

Brandon Harkey earned his Business Administration degree at SCC and is currently employed at Wells Fargo Bank as a Personal Banker 1.

   

SCC Awarded EDA Funding

sccnewsiconStanly Community College (SCC) was awarded a federal grant for $275,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), which will be matched by a portion of revenue generated through the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) targeted capital campaign of summer/fall 2013 in which the Stanly County Commissioners were lead givers of a $500,000 donation. This project will create a new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center on SCC’s Albemarle Campus. The funds will be used to renovate an existing building and provide advanced manufacturing training in industrial automation, which includes mechatronics and robotics.

SCC’s plan to develop an AMIT Center and the training programs that the facility will support is an effort to respond to the future economic needs of the county and the region as established through data analysis supplied by the Centralina Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Centralina Workforce Development Board. This responsive alignment meets the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration’s purpose of leveraging existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

SCC is a primary provider of workforce training in the region, assisting in attracting new businesses to the area, or providing continued training to those currently in the workforce. The construction of the AMIT Center will provide ample space to meet local and regional training needs and contribute to economic development opportunities. The AMIT Center will provide degree programs with industry-recognized certifications, providing citizens a pathway to high-growth job possibilities that pay a living wage.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays, stated, “I am very excited about the opportunities this EDA grant provides, not only to our students but to our county and region. We plan on using these funds to complete Phase 2 of our Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center. Specifically, this will allow us to implement a new mechatronics and automation program that aligns with the needs of our local industry.”

The Centralina Workforce Development Board forecasts that between 2012 and 2017 there will be 2,981 manufacturing jobs available in Stanly County. The Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center at SCC will provide an excellent opportunity to train skilled workers to fill those jobs and improve economic conditions in Stanly County and the region.

   

Fantasy Hair and Makeup Show a Success

Fantasy Hair ShowColorful, creative, big are just a few words to describe the annual Stanly Community College (SCC) Hair Show recently held on the Albemarle campus. A packed house gathered to see SCC Cosmetology students parade the aisles for this year’s theme, “Fantasy Hair and Makeup.”

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays welcomed the audience and introduced the Cosmetology instructors (David Smith, Linda Hatley, Gena Trogdon and Kimberly Herrin) and thanked them for their enthusiasm and dedication in preparing for the show. The opening act was an Indian classical dance performed by Kaavya Ravikumar done in support of the Butterfly House.

This show is always a celebration of beauty, fashion and artistry, making it a fun event for all who attend. Theatrical expressions included towering hairdos and exotic makeup, which has come a long way since pressed powder. The models represented themes including Butterfly Princess, Mad Hatter, Cruella de Vil, Jelly Fish, and many more.

A pinning ceremony was held at the end of the show to recognize the senior students preparing to graduate. Door prizes were also given out to lucky members of the audience.

The SCC Cosmetology clinic offers a variety of hair and skin care services to the public for discounted prices. All work is performed by students under the supervision of instructors. For appointments, call (704) 982-3304. The clinic is located in the Burleson Square shopping center.

The Cosmetology programs at SCC offer a simulated salon environment where students can learn hands-on techniques as well as theory in all areas of the industry. Coursework includes professional imaging, hair design, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices and business principles for entrepreneurship opportunities. For more information about the Cosmetology programs, contact Gena Trogden at (704) 991-0374.

Fantasy Hair Show

Meredith McIntyre (left) and Deanna Biles (right) model fantasy hair and makeup styles.

   

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