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Accepting Nominations for Small Business of the Year Award

Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Small Business Center (SBC) and the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce are accepting nominations for the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

“The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce is honored that Stanly Community College is again sponsoring our Small Business of the Year Award. We recognize that the majority of the businesses in our county are classified as small businesses. It is gratifying to see them recognized for their tenacity, motivation, and entrepreneurial spirit. This award, along with other partnerships that we have created with SCC’s Small Business Center, have been most beneficial in enhancing economic development in Stanly County,” explains Kathy Almond, President and CEO of Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the Stanly County Managers Association luncheon on Tuesday, October 14th - 12:00 p.m., at the Stanly Regional Medical Center’s Family & Education Center. Ticket prices are $15 for non-members of the Stanly County Managers Association and includes a full buffet lunch. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at (704) 982-8116; please RSVP by October 7th.

Each finalist will be recognized during the event with one business being selected as the overall Small Business of the Year. All businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to apply or be nominated. Unlike previous years, applicants do not need to be current members of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce to be eligible. Criteria for judging will be based upon the following: Stability & Growth; Innovation; Response to Challenge; and Community Service.

The Small Business Center will conduct a 3 hour seminar right after the event called “The Three Simple Keys to Getting More Love from Your Customers” which will be presented by noted speaker Russ Seagle. The seminar will be a free event, sponsored by the Stanly Community College Small Business Center.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays notes, “Small business is the economic engine that makes our community thrive. Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs in the United States and they play a vital role in generating employment opportunities for our graduating students. In Stanly County alone there are almost 1,400 small businesses and Stanly Community College is very appreciative of the role we play in honoring the 2014 Small Business of the Year.”

Business owners, employees, customers, or clients are eligible to submit nominations. Self-nomination is encouraged. Business owners may submit their applications to the Chamber office at (704) 982-8116 or email or Applications can also be sent to SCC’s Small Business Center at (704) 991-0182 or email

Deadline for nominations and/or applications is Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are available here or on the Chamber website at


Jim Wentz Manufacturing Camp Held at SCC

Jason PriceDuring the first week in August, rising 8th and 9th grade students are able to attend the Jim Wentz Manufacturing Camp hosted by Stanly Community College (SCC). The camp is dedicated to the late Jim Wentz, who initiated the camp in July 2002, and who was the Industrial Systems Technology Program Head at SCC. The camp promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) interest and exposes students to local manufacturing facilities. Students are encouraged to develop thinking and problem solving skills during the three day camp.

SCC instructors from the Electronics and Computer Engineering programs demonstrated the skills needed for product design and manufacturing. Students learned about circuit design, theory, and performed drafting in Autocad. They also learned printed circuit board construction and component soldering techniques.

The camp featured tours to local manufacturing facilities such as Preformed Line Products and Hammond Motors in Albemarle, Michelin in Norwood, and Culp Lumber in New London. The tours highlighted the many diverse career opportunities created by the manufacturing industry. “These students heard directly from several industry leaders about the shortage of qualified technical and engineering graduates we are facing, and they saw first-hand that these jobs are available right here in Stanly County,” stated Gary Hatley, SCC Electronics Engineering Technology Program Director.

According to research at Career Outlook in the US (, those who earned their Associate’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering have the top salaries in the STEM cluster, and data also indicates that those fields are experiencing growth.

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For more information on the Jim Wentz Manufacturing Camp or the SCC Electronics or Computer Engineering Technology programs, contact Gary Hatley at (704) 991-0135 or visit the program page.

Student Jaron Price learns about the printed circuit board construction and component soldering techniques during the Annual Jim Wentz Manufacturing Camp held at Stanly Community College.


Cosmetology Students to Host Fantasy Hair Show

sccnewsiconThe Cosmetology students at Stanly Community College (SCC), along with the program instructors Linda Hatley, David Smith, and Gina Trogdon, will be hosting the Annual Hair Show on Friday, October 3, 2014. This year’s event will be filled with color and fashion which showcases some of the most stylish and far out fantasy-based makeup and hair designs created by the Cosmetology students.

The public is invited and admission is free. SCC would also like to invite any and all local salon professionals to come out to the show and enjoy the talent and entertainment. The goal is to show the local community what the Cosmetology students can do and to open up possible career opportunities within salons after graduation. We also encourage parents, family and friends to come out and support the Cosmetology students.

SCC’s Cosmetology programs provide a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills. Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, product knowledge, business/computer principles, and other selected topics.

The Annual Hair Show will be held on Friday, October 3rd, at 7:00 p.m., at Stanly Community College’s Dennis Auditorium in the Kelley Building.

For more details, please visit the cosmetology landing page or call (704) 991-0330.


Current Leader from SCC Meets First State PBL President

PBL PresidentsChuck VanHoose, a Stanly Community College (SCC) student and the current state president of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), recently had the unique opportunity of meeting his predecessor of 60 years ago.

Ms. Bobbie Lou Avant Brown was a student at East Carolina University when she was selected as president for the 1954 organizational year of North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America, a group created through the National Business Education Association in Washington, DC, to provide leadership, business, and service training for business students at both the high school and college level. In 1969, the levels separated with the collegiate group taking the Greek letters for the “Future Business Leader.”

Ms. Brown taught business at the college level a number of years before taking a position with a national health organization, where she traveled the country leading customer service training programs. After retirement, she became an entrepreneur in the adult care insurance business.

“Ms. Brown is a fascinating lady,” VanHoose commented, “and getting to meet her and spend an evening with her will be a highlight of my year as state PBL president.”

Ms. Brown, who just celebrated her 80th birthday, is a volunteer receptionist two afternoons with her church, where she sings in the sanctuary choir and organizes a hospital visitation program.

“We were amazed as she talked about her career, the early days of PBL, and her philosophy of life,” remarked SCC PBL Faculty Adviser Dan Hazlett, who spent several weeks searching for information about Ms. Brown and then accompanied VanHoose to Greensboro for the dinner meeting.

“As delegates from throughout North Carolina prepared to go to Nashville for the 2014 PBL National Leadership Conference and the conclusion of the NCPBL 60th Anniversary celebration, I remembered an article from the first publication of the organization in the winter of 1955. The title was ‘Bobbie Lou Reports on Trip to National Conference,’ and in addition to business items Ms. Brown talked about traveling 40 hours on a train by herself to get to Dallas for the meeting. She was the only North Carolinian at the conference.”

Hazlett reprinted the article to distribute to the Tarheel delegates in Nashville.

“I knew someone would ask what had happened since 1954 so I started looking for her. Although she had lost contact with the organization, she was eager to hear about its success over the years and was surprised at the size of the state and national organization sixty years later,” Hazlett said.

“She wrote a very nice letter to the 2014 national conference delegation. Again, we made copies and used it at our state meeting in Nashville as a way of concluding the 60th Anniversary activities done through the year. When we returned, I contacted her to see if she would be interested in meeting her current successor.”

Upon being introduced, she commented, “Now Chuck, I didn’t get such a nice name badge when I was state president!”

To his question about advice to him, she said, “Keep listening and learning, take advantage of opportunities, and don’t ever forget to be appreciative of the people who encourage you and help you along the way.” She told him it wasn’t necessary for him to be at the gym at 5:00 a.m. as she is most mornings at the retirement center where she moved several years ago, but that staying active and meeting new people are two things that motivate her.

“She is a remarkable, articulate person with such enthusiasm,” VanHoose said. “I anticipated a short, awkward meeting, but the three of us talked for nearly three hours about PBL and about humorous and serious things in our lives. It was a rewarding evening. I told her we had several things in common, and she agreed, even saying, ‘and you have my job!’”

PBL Presidents

Chuck VanHoose, a Stanly Community College student and state Phi Beta Lambda president, presents a certificate of recognition to Ms. Bobbie Avant Brown, his predecessor in 1954 when she was a student at East Carolina University. The recent meeting of the two concluded the 60th Anniversary celebration for North Carolina PBL.


SCC Hosts First Career Camp

Career CampStanly Community College hosted its first Career Camp July 14-16 on the Albemarle campus. The camp was open to rising 8th and 9th grade students across Stanly County and gave the participants a chance to explore six different career pathways offered by the College.

The pathways highlighted in the camp were Advertising & Graphic Design, Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies, Cybercrime & Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electronics, and Simulation & Game Development.

“Studies show that middle school is the key age for career exploration and decision making. This camp was a great opportunity to open the students’ minds to fields in which they may have had little to no exposure,” said Melissa Eudy, Director of Outreach for the College.

“The career camp was a great opportunity for young students to experience what it is like to work in modern industrial and construction related careers,” stated Jeff Parsons, Associate Vice President of the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology. “The students in our area gained hands-on exposure to autobody repair, heavy equipment operations, welding, machining, and industrial systems technology. All of our instructors were impressed with the students’ interest and hard work. Everyone had fun with this learning experience.”

“The camp was a lot of fun and I learned some too,” commented Shane Hancock, participant in the Simulation and Game Development pathway. “I now know that there is much more to video games than I realized and I am interested in the game development field of work.”

At the camp’s conclusion, parents and guests were invited to see what the students had done all week. Amy Anderson, mother of Lily, who participated in the Early Childhood Education camp, said, “This gave us a chance to discuss some options she will have as far as her career choice. She came home excited about the things she learned through this program. It also gave me an opportunity to speak with the College personnel. They were all so very friendly and extremely helpful. Lily is already excited for next year!”

For more information on all career programs offered at SCC, please visit our programs page.

Light Sensitive Alarm Kits

Participants hold their light sensitive alarm kits they made in the Electronics Engineering lab during career camp.

HVEQ Simulators

Participants practice on heavy equipment simulators during career camp at SCC.

Video Games

Participants designed their own video games in the Simulation & Game Development career camp.

Art Techniques

Participants in the Early Childhood Education area learn process art techniques.


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