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Pinning Ceremony Held for Medical Assisting Students

MA GraduatesStanly Community College (SCC) recently honored their 2014 Medical Assisting graduates with a pinning ceremony. Twenty students completed the program this year. Family and friends gathered on the SCC Albemarle campus in the Dennis Auditorium to watch as these students accepted their Medical Assisting pins.

Dr. Brenda Kays, President, Stanly Community College, welcomed guests and congratulated the students on their accomplishments. Director of the Medical Assisting Program, Starra Herring, and Heather Whitley, Medical Assisting instructor, introduced the students as they walked across the auditorium stage to receive their pin.

For additional information on the Medical Assisting program at SCC, contact Starra Herring at 704-991-0397 or

MA Graduates

Pictured from left to right: First row – Starra Herring, Misty Treadaway, Mai See Lor, Brenda Acevedo and Heather Whitley. Second row – Myisha Clark, Carrianne Brewster, Ariana King, Kirsten Gilmer and Aleksandra Dolmatova. Third row – Christa Downs, Julie Silverthorne, Tiffany Keener, Cassie Lowrance and Nikita Knight. Fourth row – Millie Crump, Taylor Barbee, Kaitlyn Crisco, Maggie Hopkins and Maria Andrews. Not pictured: Terrie Barbee and Lisa Drake.


New CNC Machinist Training to Start This Fall

Ryan LoveStanly Community College (SCC) will begin a new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist training program starting August 12, 2014. There will be day and evening class times available.

The College has hired Ryan Love to be the Lead Instructor for this program. Mr. Love graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an associate’s degree in Computer-Integrated Machining. He has worked at Carnes-Miller Gear as a machinist/programmer/setup operator and at Murata Machinery as a CNC Proposal Specialist prior to coming to SCC.

Students who complete this two-semester program will have completed 408 contact hours. Courses include OSHA certification, Blue Print Reading, Manual Mill and Lathe, CAM Programming Mill and Lathe, CNC Lathe and Mill Operation, Intro to LEAN manufacturing and much more.

The day class of CNC Machinist Level I will run from August 12 to December 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with one hour for lunch.

The evening class will run from August 14 to December 15, Monday through Thursday each week. The hours are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Both classes will meet on the Albemarle campus.

This training program is unique to the region in that it partners with local industry to provide basic, CNC and alternative machining training proven to be essential in the workplace.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for machinists should be excellent, as employers continue to value the wide-ranging skills of these workers that are capable of performing modern production techniques in a machine shop. Manufacturers will continue to rely heavily on skilled machinists, as they invest in new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement product design changes more rapidly.

For more information or to register for this program, please call 704-991-0123 or visit the CNC Machinist training program page.

Ryan Love

Mr. Ryan Love is the lead instructor for the new CNC Machinist training program at SCC.


SCC Receives $53,000 to fund Multiple Measures Research Project

sccnewsiconStanly Community College is receiving $53,000 to help fund a Multiple Measures Research Project for Stanly Community College. Guilford Technical Community College has been awarded the comprehensive grant and Stanly Community College is a sub-grantee.

Stanly Community College subscribes to the use of multiple measures to place students in curriculum courses. The use of multiple measures to evaluate an applicant for placement into college level courses includes placement (assessment) testing and examination of other student data.

Applicants who have graduated from a legally authorized NC high school within the last five years and present an official transcript with an un-weighted grade point average of 2.6 or higher and appropriate high school code notations may be exempt from placement testing. Students with the qualifying criteria above with an un-weighted grade point average between 2.6 and 2.99 may be subject to required interventions designed to assist them in successful completion of their college-level courses.

This grant will be used to evaluate instructional supports put in place to assist students who place directly into college level courses. The grant funds will help with costs associated with providing the supports and tracking/evaluating institutional data. For more information, contact Lois Smith, SCC’s Vice President for Organizational Growth, Development, and Effectiveness, at (704) 991-0249 or


Stanly CC Phi Beta Lambda Named One of Nation’s Best – Again!

National PBL AwardsThe Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter was designated a “Gold Seal Chapter” at the organization’s recent National Leadership Conference. It was the nineteenth consecutive year for SCC to receive the special award.

Nearly 2000 delegates met at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville for general sessions and workshops on leadership and business, as well as the PBL national competitive events.

At the opening of the conference, groups not to exceed 10 percent of the nation’s total number of chapters are presented with the “Gold Seal Chapter” award. In addition to a chapter plaque, delegates receive special gold ribbons for their name badges.

“Receiving the national Gold Seal Chapter award was our goal since it would be such a good conclusion to our group’s 40th Anniversary celebrations throughout the 2013-2014 year,” commented Chuck VanHoose, a chapter officer and newly-elected state president.

In competitive events, three Stanly students who had won state competition last spring received “Top Ten” recognition at the national level.

Brandon Harkey was ninth place in the Job Interview event.

Katrina Sams placed eighth in the Organization Behavior and Leadership event.

Nathan Greene placed third in the International Business event.

VanHoose and Ms. Sams, state secretary, presided over state meetings throughout the conference. Other state officers include Historian Jesse Crump from Pfeiffer University and students from Appalachian State University, Campbell University, and Barton College.

At the conference business session, delegates elected Beau Cobb from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island as the national president.

The closing session of the conference began with the induction of one member from each state into the national “Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda.” North Carolina’s recipient was Brandon Harkey from SCC. Harkey served as chapter president and a state officer in 2012-13. He has won state First Place awards in Business Decision Making and Future Business Executive events, and he was the president of the SCC Parliamentary Procedures team that won the 2012 and 2013 state competitions and placed third at the national level in 2013.

Following the collegiate level conference, over 10,000 high school students traveled to Nashville for the secondary Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference.

“Stepping up to the Challenge” is the national PBL and FBLA theme for the up-coming year. Membership is open to all students interested in leadership and business.

“Again, all of us who were PBL members during the year and especially those of us who attended the national conference appreciate the support and encouragement of the SCC faculty, staff, and administration,” VanHoose commented. “It has been an exciting year as we celebrated the 40th Anniversary for the chapter, and we look forward to another successful year as classes begin this fall.”

National PBL Awards

Stanly Community College students following the recent national Phi Beta Lambda awards program in Nashville, Tennessee. Left to right: Brandon Harkey, 9th Place Job Interview and a 2014 “Who’s Who In Phi Beta Lambda” inductee; Nathan Greene, 3rd Place International Business; Katrina Sams, 8th Place Organizational Behavior and Leadership; and Chapter Office and State President Chuck VanHoose with SCC’s “Gold Seal Chapter” plaque. The national conference concluded the 40th Anniversary of the Stanly chapter.


SCC Engineering Students Place in National Competition

PHA Home CareThe Stanly Community College (SCC) delegation is back from the National SkillsUSA Championships that took place in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 24-26. SCC students represented the College and North Carolina in exemplary fashion as they each competed in rigorous three day-long competitive events. More than 15,000 students, teachers and business partners participated in this year’s event that was held at the Kansas City Convention Center. The contest floor area was larger than six football fields.

James Carelock, an SCC Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, placed 4th in the nation in Electronics Technology, a contest consisting of 5 parts: soldering, breadboarding, troubleshooting, customer service, and two certification exams—the Associate Certified Electronics Technician exam from the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Customer Service exam offered by the Electronics Technicians Association International.

Julian Lentz, SCC Computer Engineering Technology student, placed 7th in Internetworking, a contest consisting of three main areas—networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations.

The SkillsUSA Championships are considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industrial support of donated time, equipment, cash and materials. The Internetworking contest is sponsored by Cisco Systems’ local SLED Heartland office and the Cisco Networking Academy. Judging and arranging this massive event took five Cisco engineers, six Cisco networking Academy Instructors from around the United States, three ex-SkillsUSA competitors, two retired instructors and one Cisco Academy EPIC team member.

Stanly Community College faculty, Kelly Caudle, who is also a Cisco Academy Support Center/Instructor Training Center Lead Contact, along with Brian Crump, Cisco Academy Support Center Advisor, configured the acquired Cisco USC, and NDG donated the NetLab appliance for the event. Dan Parmer, SCC Electronics Engineering Program Head, is currently a national judge for the Telecommunications Cabling contest and has been for over 10 years.

A highlight of the awards ceremony was a return by last year’s key-note speaker, Mike Rowe (TV’s Dirty Jobs) who briefly reiterated his campaign in support of practical training for jobs that actually exist. He is working on a feature segment on SkillsUSA that will air on CNN.

Skills USA

SCC Electronics Engineering graduate James Carelock (left) placed 4th in the nation in Electronics Technology, a contest consisting of two certification tests and three hands-on assignments. SCC Computer Engineering student Julian Lentz (right) placed 7th in Internetworking, a contest consisting of three main parts—networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations (right).


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