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Students Graduate from Pharmacy Technician Degree Program

Pharmacy Tech Graduates(Click to Tweet) Four students will be graduating next week from the first Pharmacy Technician degree program at Stanly Community College (SCC). The program was initiated in January 2013 after North Carolina legislation allowed pharmacy technicians holding associate degrees to validate drugs prepared by registered technicians in a hospital setting. Graduates are now prepared to work as verifying technicians.

For details, contact Kim Lewis at 704-991-0156 or, or visit the program page for Pharmacy Technology.

Pharmacy Tech Graduates

Pharmacy Technology Degree graduates include: (L-R) Taylor Owen, Lavonia Presley, Kathy Blalock, and Katie Brown.


Female Gender Gears Up for IT Jobs

Lindsey & Megan(Click to Tweet) Cisco Systems thrives in a culture of empowerment, engagement, and innovation, making it one of the most admired IT companies to work for. They vigorously partake in activities to increase women's interests in IT careers. Nearly 25% of total new hires at Cisco are females.

Stanly Community College (SCC) students Lindsey McRae and Megan Chapman were both chosen to attend a special event that was held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh, and it was by invitation only. Both students were escorted by SCC’s Business, Career, & Technology Director, Sylvia Lewis. Approximately 64 female students from top colleges and universities in North Carolina attended. The event was lavishly decorated in a pink theme, from balloons to goody bags, and each participant went home with something pink. Cisco executives, as well as marketing and IT personnel spoke on various topics, including women in IT, Cisco innovations, and resume and interviewing skills. The guests were given a tour of the campus including their brand new fitness facility.

“Wow, what great experience! No matter where my future takes me, today has had a great impact on my self-confidence,” said Lindsey MaRae, SCC Networking Technology and Information Systems Security degree candidate 2015. Lindsey is also studying for the CCNA Certification, which is an Associate level of Cisco Certifications that can be related to network installations, operations and troubleshooting. After graduation, she hopes to become an IT engineer for Cisco at their Charlotte branch.

Megan Chapman, who is also studying for the Networking Technology and Information Systems Security degree, and the CCNA Certification, is set to graduate in May 2015 too. “I seriously love the vision of this [Cisco] company. I'm so excited for my future.”

Megan is hoping that her future plans include traveling around the world as an IT engineer for Cisco.

Stanly Community College strongly encourages the female gender to branch out into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Nearly 71% of Stanly Community College’s degree seeking students are females, and only 1.2% are seeking IT degrees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology.”

For more information regarding the Networking Technology program, contact Brian Crump at (704) 991-0373, and for the Information Systems Security degree or the Cisco Academy, contact Kelly Caudle at (704) 991-0346.

Lindsey & Megan

Pictured: Lindsey McRae (left) and Megan Chapman (right) were both chosen to attend a special event that was recently held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh. Only 1.2% of degree seeking women at SCC are studying for careers in the IT industry.


SCC Alumni Creates Helical Games

Patrick BarnhardtLet’s face it, times are tough. Out of necessity, many people look for ways to supplement their income. Some individuals succeed with side businesses while they continue to work a full-time job, and that’s just what Stanly Community College (SCC) Alumni Patrick Barnhardt is doing.

“I work full-time for QC Data in Charlotte. I’m a General Information Systems (GIS) Technician. I also own a side-business “indie” game studio called Helical Games, and have several titles that I fill as the owner,” explained Patrick, a 2012 SCC Simulation & Game Development graduate.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Multimedia Artists and Animators, approximately 69,000 people worked as multi-media artists and animators in 2012, and more than half are self-employed. “Projected growth for this industry will reach 6 percent from 2012-2022, due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.”

Helical Games is a small independent game development company that Patrick formed in 2012, and he takes great pride in gathering talent from both local sources, other states, and even crossing over-seas. “We pride ourselves in giving our team members the chance to shine and provide them with resources to do their best. We maintain a library of educational resources that is made accessible to all of our team members and is frequently updated with hot topics such as development in Unreal Engine 4©, Unity3D©, and SPEngine©, as well as processes such as next-generation rigging and animation in Maya©, Modular level design, and Artificial Intelligence in games,” noted Patrick.

Patrick handles the design, setup, deployment, and maintenance of the online systems. He also does the recruiting of team members, the assignment of duties, and the tracking of progress. “I would like to eventually work on games full-time, either continuing to build on Helical Games, or work at another studio,” he said. He encourages those interested in Helical Games to visit the website located at He also wants potential “gamers" to know that it’s good to get your education and set goals, but always have a backup plan too. “You may have to entertain something you enjoy less to support your passion.”

About Careers, located at, points out that solid computer skills are necessary for a career in this industry, because a considerable amount of the work includes using complex computer software and occasionally writing code.

Patrick Barnhardt

For more information about the Simulation & Game Development degree at Stanly Community College, contact Adam Carriker at (704) 991-0372 or


NC Community Colleges SBCN Encourages Consumers to “Shop Small”

sccnewsiconWith the Holiday Shopping Season around the corner, Stanly Community College, in conjunction with the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmall by supporting local small businesses.

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar.

“Small businesses are the heart of the American economy and it is important for the members of every community to support their local small businesses, which are owned and operated by their friends and neighbors. Spending our shopping dollars at small businesses helps the local economy and retains and adds local jobs,” said Frank Tamberelli, the director of the Small Business Center at Stanly Community College.

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique.

Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday® neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion.

Sixty million workers in the United States are employed by small business, accounting for approximately half of the private sector workforce. The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that Small Businesses were also the driving force for 63 percent of new net private sector jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013. Furthermore, in the state of North Carolina, 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting.

Small Business Saturday® is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to use the power of your dollar to #ShopSmall on November 29 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) 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, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in the establishment of more than 650 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties, including helping to create and retain over 3,000 jobs annually.


SCC Nursing Program Ranked #1 in the United States

Stanly Community College (SCC) has been recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as being ranked #1 in the United States for schools of nursing that lead to entry-level Registered Nurse (RN) licensure (Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Diploma).

Nursing students take a test known as the NCLEX-RN following graduation in order to begin practicing as an entry-level RN. A report is annually produced based on NCLEX-RN results to evaluate our program's strengths and weaknesses compared to all programs in the state and nationally. This report is generated by Mt. Measurement Inc. that obtains data from the NCSBN to compare data throughout the US.

Findings this year based on our 2014 nursing graduates include:

  • Stanly Community College’s Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing Program is ranked #1 out of the 77 programs within our jurisdiction, or state, leading to initial RN licensure.
  • SCC’s ADN Program is ranked #1 out of 1139 ADN programs in every jurisdiction, or the United States.
  • Finally, SCC’s ADN Program is ranked #1 out of 1904 programs, including Bachelor’s prepared programs, Associate Degree programs and Diploma programs across the entire United States.

sccnewsiconThe Annie Ruth Kelly Associate Degree Nursing Program is one that thrives from innovation. The delivery of course content using instant messaging, flipped classroom opportunities, adaptive testing, simulated clinical experiences in our simulation hospital, and video-recorded lectures, provides SCC nursing students opportunities by forward-thinking instructors across campus. Every success is definitely a team effort. According to Chassity Washburn, Director of Nursing, our “…education serves its community through innovation and opportunity for its community. We have always known our nursing program is great, and now we have the numbers to prove it!”

Dr. Brenda Kays comments, “I am overjoyed about this news on so many different levels. First and foremost for our students. This designation clearly indicates that when they enroll at Stanly Community College that they have chosen an Associate Degree Nursing program that will provide them with a top-notch quality learning experience. I am also so pleased for the faculty due to the fact that this rating is reflective of the hard work and effort they invest in students on a daily basis. They definitely deserve this level of recognition. The ADN faculty at Stanly Community College are 100% focused on student success. This doesn’t mean that they sacrifice rigor, what it means is that they uphold high standards while working individually with students. They evaluate the success of delivery modalities, laboratory experiences and success initiatives each semester to ascertain how they can better serve students in an individualized learning process. This success is also shared by SCC’s Governing Board who had the visionary leadership to support a signature allied health campus for students as well as the Charles Cannon Charitable Trust and The Cannon Foundation who invested in the creation of this facility and its cutting-edge technology.”

Stanly Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is one of 59 associate degree programs in North Carolina, and one of 55 based at a community college. SCC began offering the LPN curriculum in 1973 and in 1974 graduated its first class of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). SCC graduated a total of 119 LPNs before adding its two-year associate degree nursing program in 1985. The first graduates of the new two-year Associate Degree Nursing program were awarded credentials in 1986. In 2005, the College’s ADN program was named after Mrs. Annie Ruth Kelley as recognition for her part in the growth and success of the program.

Currently, the nursing program is part of our Allied Health Signature Campus located at the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust, NC.


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