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SCC Students Complete Nurse Aide Training

NA-I AlbemarleStudents at the Albemarle campus and the Crutchfield Education Center of Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed Nurse Aide (NA) Training in Level I, Level II and 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 NA-II program is the next level of direct patient care and consists of lecture/lab, competency testing and clinical experience in the hospital setting.

The Nurse Aide Hybrid I program is a 172-hour course consisting of online instruction, Saturday on-campus skill competencies and Sunday 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.

Twenty students from local high schools finished the Nurse Aide Level I curriculum offered by the Career and College Promise program through the College and currently held at Albemarle High School. Upon successful completion of this program, students 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 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

NA-I Albemarle

NA-I Day at Albemarle - Seated (L to R): Jennifer Lowder, RN (Instructor) and Keeley Caudle. Standing: Cassie Eudy, Kayla Bragg, Michelle Bostian, Marissa Medlin, Corrissa Little and Magan Almond.

NA-I Crutchfield

NA-I Hybrid at Crutchfield - Front row (L to R): Leane Sullivan-Lefler, Sarah Johnson, Elizabeth Moreland, Felicia Davis and Rhonda Love. Back row: Kathy Lominac, Meredith Allen, Lauren Davis, Tonya Trull and Rhonda Worth, RN (Instructor).

NA-II Albemarle

NA-2 at Albemarle – Seated (L to R): Starla Hulin, Kim Lambert, RN (Instructor) and Johan Mercado. Standing: Jennie Copeland, Carla Thomas, Seth Allen, Megan Watkins, Elizabeth Orr and Lauren McDonald.

NA-II Crutchfield

NA-2 at Crutchfield – Front row (L to R): Ann Beatty, Morgan Booth, Rosa Alban-Talero, Brittany Hargrove and Tammy Armstrong, RN, BSN (Instructor). Back row: Mallory Kelley, Elizabeth Bergman, Nancy Barnhardt and Jaquana Bailey.


CCP NA-I - First Row - Left to right: Nancy Murr, RN (Instructor), Brenda Amaya, Paying Vang, Taylor Eudy, Ashley Thor, Holly McIlwaine, Helena Davis, RN (Instructor).

Second Row: Nicole Papin, Madison Bumgardner, Rachel Soby, Camryn Burris, Melissa Griffin, Kamry Whitley, Casey Cagle, Jordan DeFazio.

Third Row: Dony Santos, Bryanna Harris, Crystal McCall, Hailey Simpson, Allyn Rowles, Andrea Brown, Trevor Williams.


Nursing Graduate Captures Dream

Valerie ButlerAccording to the National League for Nursing, the United States offers 1,084 Associate Degree Nursing programs and 54 of them are operated in North Carolina. But, not everyone that tries to get into a nursing school is able to make the cut. It takes hard work and dedication, and when life gets in the way, sometimes it can take years to finish your education.

Everyone’s personal journey to career success is different. Valerie Butler, a 2014 Stanly Community College (SCC) Nursing graduate will be the first to tell anyone interested in nursing that it’s never too late to pursue your dream. She admits that nursing is hard work and can be exhausting, but has never doubted that it was worth it. With over 12 years of experience in the medical field as a respiratory therapist, Valerie hoped there was still time to capture her dream of becoming a nurse. “I never thought that things would happen so quickly, as far as being accepted into SCC’s Nursing Program. I’ve always wanted to become a nurse. My whole life I’ve gravitated toward things that entail helping others—that’s what fulfills me. I absolutely love helping others in need, especially the less fortunate,” Valerie said.

SCC’s nursing program only accepts 60 students each fall, capping at 108 students in the program at any given time. The TEAS is used as the ranking tool to offer admission status. TEAS stands for “Test of Essential Academic Skills”. It’s a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, math, science and English-and-language usage. “I chose SCC because of their successful NCLEX pass results and their ability to cater to working adults,” Valerie commented. Nursing students take a test known as the NCLEX-RN following graduation in order to begin practicing as an entry-level RN. A report that is produced annually, by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, on NCLEX-RN test results has recently ranked SCC as number one in the nation.

Valerie’s future is looking bright as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-University. “I love being a nurse, it’s so rewarding to help someone in need. I wouldn’t change anything about my education. SCC has forever changed my life,” she said. “Nursing is such an honorable profession and has taught me about myself and about people in ways I’ve never imagined.”

For those individuals who want to become a nurse, Valerie wants them to know that the best students are those who are teachable, persistent, accountable, and mentally tough. “Possessing those traits will help one be successful in the classroom, but more importantly, become a successful nurse!”

Valerie Butler

Pictured: Valerie Butler, Critical Care Registered Nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-University.


Open House to Showcase Advanced Mfg. & Industrial Technology

Electrical Lineman Graduates(Click to Tweet) Stanly Community College (SCC) invites the public to attend an Open House for the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) Phase 1 Center on the Albemarle campus. The event will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Visitors can tour the newly renovated classrooms and labs specializing in Industrial Systems, Welding, CNC/Manual Machining, Auto Body and HVAC. Heavy Equipment and Electrical Lineman programs will also be on display.

Many local, state and federal businesses and agencies have been instrumental in the funding for this high-tech training center. The College encourages community leaders and interested citizens to come and take a look at how this modern and innovative facility will benefit students, businesses, area economic developers, current industry and the community as a whole.

SCC is a leader in educational workforce training, assisting existing industry and attracting new business and industry to the area. Additionally, SCC provides continuing education opportunities to those currently in the workforce or hoping to rejoin the workforce. The AMIT Center offers training with nationally recognized industry certifications, allowing Stanly County residents a pathway to high-growth career possibilities that pay a living wage.

For more information on the training available at SCC’s Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center, please call (704) 991-0181.



SCC Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support at the SBC

sccnewsicon(Click to Tweet) The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Created in1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) had expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.

Today, with more than 60 sites, the Small Business Center Network is known as the most expansive state-funded technical small business assistance program in the United States with locations within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian.

According to Dr. Brenda Kays, President of Stanly Community College, “…entrepreneurship and small business are the backbone of our economy in Stanly County. The Small Business Center’s sole mission is to assist small business to grow our economy and jobs. In fact, over the last several years Stanly Community College’s SBC has helped create and retain nearly 300 jobs. Together, the Stanly Community College Small Business Center (SBC) and local business are making a difference in our economy.”

Stanly Community College Small Business Center annually helps over 50 new and existing in Stanly County businesses a year. Additionally, they hold over 100 seminars a year on variety of topics that include on how to start a business, bookkeeping/accounting, marketing, taxes, and non-profit operations.

The mission of the Small Business Centers is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, with the goal of job creation and retention.

For more information, contact Frank Tamberelli, SBC Director at 704-991-0182 or


Students Complete Electrical Lineman Training

Electrical Lineman Graduates(Click to Tweet) Students in the Electrical Lineman program have completed their 8-week training period in order to earn their industry-recognized certification. The Electrical Lineman program teaches students basic elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power system, as well as transformer and meter installations. On successful completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills for employment in various electrical utility industries.

Electrical utility linemen and technicians will typically do the following: drive work vehicles to job sites; install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move and distribute electricity; identify defective devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, and switches; inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment; string power lines between poles and buildings; climb poles and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment; operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles and line; and follow safety standards and procedures.

According to O*NET, an online partner of the American Job Center Network, nearly 50,000 electrical power-line installer and repairer job openings are predicted between 2012-2022.

Stanly Community College’s next Electrical Lineman program is scheduled to begin in March 2015. Classes are taught on a 15-acre training site located on the Albemarle campus. Class size is limited to 12 students. Please call (704) 991-0181 for additional information.

Electrical Lineman Graduates

Pictured are the electrical lineman graduates. Left pole, top to bottom: Steve Cree, Will Leazer, Tanner Hatley, and Matthew Black. Right pole, top to bottom: Grady Bigger, Jerry Padrta, and Stone Hamilton. Students pictured in the truck-mounted bucket (L-R): Daniel Tuituku and Reed Wolf. Electrical Lineman instructors Randy Smith (left) and Bill Wilson (right) are pictured in front of the bucket truck.


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