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SCC Student Receives State PBL Scholarship, Chapter Recognized

PBL NLCKatrina Sams, a Stanly Community College (SCC) member, received a 2014 North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda scholarship during the fall training conference of the business student organization.

An Associate of Arts major, Ms. Sams serves as both local and state secretary for PBL. She received recognition in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership competitive event at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Nashville last summer.

Presented by the NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation, Inc., the scholarship involves a written application and an interview to evaluate leadership potential and how the award could contribute toward continuing educational goals and PBL involvement.

Members from across the state met in Greensboro for the 40th Annual Fall Leadership Development Conference. The program included workshops and general sessions on business, career, leadership, and organization topics.

Special guests were Beau Cobb, a Rhode Island Johnson & Wales University student who serves as national PBL president, and Ms. Bobbie Avant Brown, the first state president for North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda when she was a senior at East Carolina University in 1954.

The Stanly Community College entry won First Place for the best chapter display based on the national theme, “Step Up To the Challenge.” Gaston College received First Place in a PBL information contest. Central Carolina Community College, Appalachian State University, and the University of Mount Olive received chapter membership awards.

Chuck VanHoose from SCC serves as state president and presided at general sessions.

“I was very proud of Katrina for receiving the state scholarship and the chapter for the display award,” VanHoose commented. “The conference was a very beneficial one as we prepare for another successful PBL year at the state level and on the Stanly Community College campus.”

1st Place Charter Display

Stanly Community College students show off their First Place Chapter Display at the recent state Phi Beta Lambda Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro. Left to right: Chuck VanHoose, Jacob Sides, Katrina Sams, Leah Joyner.

PBL Scholarship

Stanly Community College’s Katrina Sams, left, received the 2014 NC Phi Beta Lambda Scholarship at the business student group’s recent state fall conference. With Ms. Sams are National PBL President Beau Cobb from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and Ms. Kay Lowrance, representing the NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation, Inc.


The Value of SCC: Economic Impact & ROI for Stanly County

Stanly Community College (SCC) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) recently commissioned Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (emsi) to conduct an analysis of the economic impact and return on investment of education that Stanly County and our region receives from SCC. To date, emsi has conducted more than 1,200 economic impact studies for educational institutions in the U.S. and internationally.

The study is based on several sources, including the 2012-13 academic and financial reports from the College; industry and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau; outputs from emsi’s Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) model; and a variety of studies and surveys relating education to social behavior.

According to the emsi study:

SCC creates value in a variety of ways. The College plays a key role in helping students increase their employability and achieve their individual potential. It provides students with the skills they need to have a fulfilling and prosperous career. Further, it supplies an environment for students to meet new people, increase their self-confidence, and promote their overall health and well-being.

Some of the findings include:

  • SCC day-to-day operations contributed $18.9 million to our region
  • SCC student spending impact contributed $220,100 to our region
  • SCC’s alumni generated $92.9 million in added income to our region
  • Over a working lifetime, an SCC education increased student earning amounts of approximately $260,700 in higher income
  • By the end of a student’s working career, an SCC education increased wages enabling state and local government to collect a present value of $57.3 million in added taxes
  • The overall effect of SCC on the local business community during the analysis year amounted to $111.3 million, equal to the sum of the College operations effect, the student spending effect, and the student productivity effect. This added income was equal to approximately 7.9% of the region’s Gross Regional Product.

Dr. Brenda Kays, President of Stanly Community College, was extremely pleased with the results of the report and noted that this “reaffirms what I have always believed, in that, a community college education is not only vital for our students but it’s necessary for our local economy and region in order for us all to survive and thrive.”

A copy of the full report is available at For more information on this report, contact Lois Smith, SCC’s Vice President for Organizational Growth, Development, and Effectiveness, at (704) 991-0249 or


Cosmetology Open House

sccnewsiconThe public is invited to the Stanly Community College (SCC) Cosmetology Open House on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Cosmetology clinic is located in the Burleson Square shopping center at 1552 Hwy. 24-27 Bypass in Albemarle, NC.

The Cosmetology program at SCC offers a degree, diploma and certificate in this exciting beauty and fashion industry. The clinic offers a variety of hair and skin care services to the public for discounted prices.

Come tour the facility, meet the instructors and enjoy refreshments at the open house event. Door prizes will be given away.

For more information, please call 704-982-3304 or visit the program page.


SCC to Host Medical Open House on November 6

sccnewsiconStanly Community College (SCC) invites the public to attend a Medical Open House on Thursday, November 6, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The event will take place at our Crutchfield Education Center in Locust, the site of the Allied Health Signature Campus. Visitors can attend a general session, then tour our allied health classrooms and labs and have an opportunity to attend up to three breakout sessions of medical programs. Some of the topics that will be covered during the general session include: the admissions process for medical programs, information about testing requirements, how to prepare for testing, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

We encourage individuals that are interested in obtaining a career in the medical field to attend the open house. Faculty and students from our EMS, Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Radiography, and Respiratory Therapy programs will be on-hand to answer questions.

Please plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. for the general session and stay for the breakout sessions. This event is not a drop-in event. For more information, please contact Delia Carriker, Director of Counseling & Special Services, at (704) 991-0161 or email To see a listing of the Allied Health programs offered visit educational offerings.


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.”


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.


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