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Career Fair Receives Outstanding Response

Career FairStanly Community College (SCC) held its annual Career Fair on Tuesday, March 24th in the Webb Student Center. The event was open for job seekers, students, alumni and the general public to attend. Dozens of local businesses and organizations participated in providing information about jobs and internship opportunities with their companies. SCC collaborated with ResCare Workforce Services to offer free workshops to help individuals with their resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and more.

SCC has become a vital resource to the community for career and workforce development and encourages job seekers to visit the Career Center web portal on the College’s website that features job search videos, beneficial tips for resumes and interview, along with the latest information on job fairs, business expos and free seminars.

For more information about the SCC’s Career Center Services, please contact Marcus Pryor, Assistant Dean of Students & Career Placement at (704) 991-0278 or

Career Fair

SCC student Dustin Dills (left) stops to visit the International Automotive Components (IAC) booth to speak with Sharon Harris, HR Specialist (middle) and Terry Birdsong, HR Manager (right).


SCC Fuels Pitstop Internet Café

Phyllis ArnoldWhen most people think of a pit stop they think about stock car racing. But this particular pit stop is very different. Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center has procured a grant to create an on-site Internet café for their residents, called “The Pitstop.” Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center is a nursing home facility in Albemarle that provides patients with skilled nursing care. In an effort to improve the quality of life for the residents, Forrest Oakes was able to secure a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Business, Career, & Technology Division partnered with Forrest Oakes to offer computer training for both the residents and staff. The first class met in March and was taught by Gonda Watson, Computer Technology Instructor. The training topics included basic hardware components, understanding the operating system, connecting to the Internet, basic maintenance & safety techniques, and mobile devices.

Research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Feasibility of providing computer activities for nursing home residents with dementia, discovered that, “Computer technologies have the potential to make hundreds of activities accessible in an easy, convenient format, adaptable to residents’ abilities, and without requiring a lot of staff time.”

The literature also suggests that computer activities have the potential to, “…make unoccupied time more meaningful and enjoyable, and improve specific cognitive performance including psychomotor abilities, reaction time, hand-eye coordination, information-processing skills, and creativity.”

For more information on classes offered by the Business, Career, & Technology Division at Stanly Community College contact Sylvia Lewis, Director of Business & Career Technologies, at (704) 991-0287 or

Phyllis Arnold

Residents were escorted by Dawn Little, Activity Director, Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center (right) and Phyllis Arnold, CNA (left), to Stanly Community College where residents and staff learned computer technology in order to use their new iPod & docking station, iPads, Wii Games, and other equipment at the Center’s new Internet café called—The Pitstop.

Dawn Little

Pictured left to right: Phyllis Arnold (standing), residents; Brady Lee Harris, Patricia Bowers, and David Hurley (seated), and Dawn Little (standing) were trained at SCC’s computer labs in order to utilize their new equipment for the Center’s new Internet café called—The Pitstop.


SCC Students Complete Nurse Aide Training

NAI HybridStudents at the Albemarle and Locust campuses of Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed Nurse Aide Training in Level I.

The Nurse Aide Level 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.

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

NAI Albemarle

NA-I at Albemarle – Top to bottom: Christie Sampson, Sarah Barnhardt, Amanda Little, RN (Instructor), Deanna Talbert, Julie Lail, Gabriel Benjamin, Hannah Turner, Whitney Williams, Paulette Whitrow and Amber McClure.

NAI Hybrid

NA-I Hybrid at Crutchfield – First row: (L to R): Lori Reeder, RN (Instructor), Hailee Vogel and McKenzie Overcash. 2nd row: Whitney Kellis, Lindsey Ashley and Ashlee Tucker. 3rd row: Shelley Morton, Joseph Armstrong, Susan Graff and Alex Beveridge.

NAI Albemarle

NA-I at Albemarle – Seated: (L to R): Mary Chambers and Zinaya Bruton. Standing: Latoya Little, Britney Shaffer, Aleshia Thurmond, Brittney Rubac, Samantha Hamby and Jennifer Lowder, RN (Instructor). Not pictured: Ceara Allen.

NAI Crutchfield

NA-I at Crutchfield – Front row: (L to R): Adrienne Hucks, Alesha Galbreath, Sabrina Brown and Brooke Chandler. Back row: Kristen Murr, Nancy Murr, RN (Instructor), Savannah Parks and Dazunah Toole.


Electronics Competition Held at SCC

Level 3This year marked the 16th annual Electronics Blast competition sponsored by Michelin Aircraft Tire Corporation and hosted by Stanly Community College (SCC). Students from North, South, and West Stanly High Schools competed during the event held at the SCC Albemarle campus.

During this day long event, students were tested on their knowledge in electronics engineering with hands-on projects and written exams. Awards were given to the highest testing students in each skill level and the high school that accumulates the most points wins the Top Gun Award. This year’s Top Gun recipient was South Stanly High School and Bill Sorenson, South Stanly electronics instructor.

The awards ceremony began with Associate Dean of Engineering Technology Dan Parmer welcoming students and guests to the event. Master of Ceremony and Electronics Instructor Jeff Swaringen gave the audience an overview of the Electronics program at the College.

Michelin’s representatives Technical Services Manager, US11 Dhumketu Patel and Reliability Manager Michael Shelton, presented medals to the winning contestants in each level of competition. Five places in each of the three levels were recognized as the highest scores in the competition. The Top Gun award is a trophy made up of computer hard drive components and is highly coveted among the schools.

Level 1 winners were: 1st – Harris Elder (SSHS), 2nd – Patrick Owen (WSHS), 3rd - Ben Harwood (WSHS), 4th – Jack Johnston (WSHS) and 5th – Arthor Smith (SSHS).

Level 2 winners were: 1st- Tyler Pegram (NSHS), 2nd – Jacob Smith (SSHS), 3rd – Ryan Hittepole (NSHS), 4th – Wyatt Pitsaros (WSHS) and 5th – Jamie Hathcock (SSHS).

Level 3 winners were: 1st – Chase Wilson (WSHS), 2nd – Austin Mills (SSHS), Vinny Pallotta (WSHS), 4th – Jareth Baldwin (SSHS) and 5th – Chase Richardson (SSHS).

For more information about the SCC Electronics Engineering program, call Gary Hatley at 704-991-0135.

Level 3

Level 3 winners (left to right): Dhumketu Patel (Michelin), Jeff Swaringen (SCC), Chase Richardson, Jareth Baldwin, Vinny Pallotta, Austin Mills, Chase Wilson, Michael Shelton (Michelin) and Gary Hatley (SCC).

Level 2

Level 2 winners (left to right): Dhumketu Patel (Michelin), Jeff Swaringen (SCC), Jamie Hathcock, Wyatt Pitsaros, Ryan Hittepole, Jacob Smith, Tyler Pegram, Michael Shelton (Michelin) and Gary Hatley (SCC).

Level 1

Level 1 winners (left to right): Dhumketu Patel (Michelin), Jeff Swaringen (SCC), Arthor Smith, Jack Johnston, Ben Harwood, Patrick Owen, Harris Elder, Michael Shelton (Michelin) and Gary Hatley (SCC).

Top Gun

Top Gun award (left to right): Dan Parmer (SCC), Jeff Swaringen (SCC), Dhumketu Patel (Michelin), Bill Sorenson (SSHS), Michael Shelton (Michelin) and Gary Hatley (SCC).


Cosmetology Students Complete Training

Cosmetology SeniorsStudents in the Cosmetology program at Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed their training and 1,500 contact hours. They are now able to take the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination and upon successfully passing, will be issued a license for employment opportunities in beauty salons and related businesses.

The job outlook is very positive for the beauty industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the N.C. Employment Security Commission, employment of hairdressers and cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Cosmetology course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

High school students can also enroll in Cosmetology classes through the Career and College Promise pathway. They learn all the same concepts and offer a variety of services to the public at very reasonable prices. All work is performed by students under the supervision of instructors. These services are available at the Cosmetology department located in the Burleson Square Shopping Center and at West Stanly High School. For appointments at West Stanly, call (704) 485-2793 and for Burleson Square, call (704) 982-3304.

For more information about the SCC Cosmetology programs, call Gena Trogdon at (704) 991-0374 or Kimberly Herrin at (704) 485-2793 (West Stanly High School).

Cosmetology Seniors

Cosmetology graduates pictured left to right – front row: Christina Troha, Chanthou Phouangphrachanh, Haylee Manus, Leslie Snyder, Alex Xiong and Chanda Roberts. Back Row: Jeremy Bass, Heather Ridenhour and Malorie Ruple.


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