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SCC Launching EMS Degree

EMS StudentsStanly Community College (SCC) will be launching a new and exciting Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science, beginning August 2015, pending accreditation status. “We are instituting this program not only to further the education of our students and offer them a broad educational experience, but to aid in pushing the paramedic field into a nationally accepted profession,” noted Michael Ennis, NREMT-P, AAS, and coordinator for the EMS and Fire programs at SCC.

The courses will be taught at the Allied Health Signature Campus in Locust, a state-of-the-art training facility that was renovated in 2013 to meet the needs of our students and healthcare industry. The signature campus provides an ambulance simulator with a bay area, emergency department, and simulated laboratories for medical surgery, ICU, neo-natal, labor delivery, and much more.

“The ambulance simulator is typically the first time students have been inside an ambulance,” said Mr. Ennis. “They learn how to handle real-life situations that are so similar to what they will experience in the field.”

Interprofessional education (IPE) among the allied health students is a vital part of their training at SCC. The World Health Organization has defined IPE as “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010).

“Paramedics seldom work alone; they usually have partners,” explained Mr. Ennis. “Curriculum instruction and hands-on training are important, but teamwork is critical.”

Nearly 100% of SCC’s Allied Health graduates are employed within six months of graduation and enter the workforce with a certification or licensure in their chosen healthcare profession. SCC’s EMT/Paramedic employment status ranked at 100% for the last two years.

According to the Economic Strategic Assessment for the Greater Charlotte Region; Part IV: Jobs, Workforce & Education Alignment Strategy, “Forecast predictions for medical occupations will have the most significant growth in our region over the next five years, both in terms of percentage growth (3.2% per year) and new jobs (3,400 jobs per year).”

EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency situations. Their works is usually done in ambulances or helicopters. EMTs and paramedics typically work together, one person serving as an emergency vehicle operator while the other provides life-saving attention to the patient while en route to a hospital or other medical facilities.

EMTs and paramedics must complete postsecondary education. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed (requirements vary by state). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 average pay for EMTs and paramedics is $31,020 per year.

“There is a huge surge right now in the EMS field by the National Association of EMS Educators to promote the paramedic field as a profession,” explained Mr. Ennis. “Paramedics have to be registered for that to happen and the additional education is needed. The National Registry is requiring that students graduate from an accredited program to be eligible to take their national exam which gives students the ability to work anywhere in the United States. Currently they would only be North Carolina certified, we want them to have the availability to go anywhere with their degree. That is what I have; I could move to any state in the U.S. and get a job as a paramedic because I am nationally registered,” stated Mr. Ennis.

General education classes for the EMS program are the same as other Allied Health programs at SCC, making it easier for students to transfer to another allied health career. Individuals earning the degree will find it useful to progress to a four-year EMS or Emergency Management bachelor’s degree.

Some EMS services pay more if the employee has a degree and it also makes an individual more marketable due to their additional education. Students with degrees can become instructors for community colleges and universities, which advances their knowledge and careers. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) is recommending that to instruct an EMT-Basic course the lead instructor will have to possess at minimum an associate’s degree and to instruct a Paramedic program the lead instructor will have to possess at minimum a master’s degree. This recommendation is to be accomplished by year 2020.

For more information about the new Emergency Medical Science Degree, please contact Michael Ennis at (704) 991-0186 or SCC is currently accepting students into the program that is scheduled to begin in August.

EMS Students

Students (left to right) Beth Bost, Shelby Baker, and Summer Boysworth are able to train inside the ambulance simulator for EMT basics that includes patient assessment, basic life support techniques, CPR and AED, Oxygen administration, patient trauma care and more. The ambulance simulator allows students to practice treating patients under realistic conditions.

EMS Students II

Paramedics seldom work alone, they usually have a partner. Students are encouraged to work together in groups to practice taking vital signs, such as a patient's pulse, blood pressure and respiration rate. Shown here students are performing Advanced Airway Management.

Ambulance Bay

A large monitor is mounted on the ambulance simulator so instructors are able to view, record, and review with the students what they did right and what they did wrong during “hands-on” training sessions.


Students Inducted into PTK Honor Society

PTK OfficersOn Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Stanly Community College (SCC) held its annual induction ceremony for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society-Alpha Psi Upsilon Chapter. SCC’s chapter was chartered in 1993 to recognize outstanding academic accomplishments and encourage scholarships among two-year college students.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located worldwide. The society awards numerous scholarships and promotes networking among members and opportunities to demonstrate excellence in a variety of formats such as PTK honors programs, leadership conferences and annual conventions.

In order to be invited for membership, students must earn a 3.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and must have completed at least 15 semester hours of credit toward an associate degree. Students must also keep a 3.50 GPA to adhere to eligibility requirements. Only 10 percent or less of the entire student population achieve such high standards.

PTK Advisor Tanya Nicks began the ceremony by welcoming family, friends, and guests. PTK Chapter President Jamie Dabbs gave opening remarks and PTK Vice-President Jasmine Benson introduced the guest speaker, SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays. The induction ceremony also included PTK Secretary Kirsten Thompson and PTK Advisor Tamara Maness.

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a highly coveted honor that will enrich the student’s life while attending Stanly Community College and will remain a prestigious part of their professional life as he or she pursues further educational and career goals. In addition, each member will have the honor to wear the Phi Theta Kappa gold stole and tassel during graduation ceremonies. Students will also have the gold seal on their diploma and will receive notation of membership applied to their transcripts.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, please contact Tanya Nicks at (704) 991-0290 or Tamara Maness at (704) 991-0286.

PTK Officers

(L-R) PTK President Jamie Dabbs, PTK Secretary Kirsten Thompson, and PTK Vice President Jasmine Benson.

PTK Members

(L-R) Front row: PTK Advisor Tanya Nicks, and PTK Inductees; Patricia Ingram, Samantha Ledbetter, Macy Barfield, Jamie Dabbs, Cheyann Kimrey, Starla Hulin, Heather Walker, and PTK Advisor Tamara Maness. Back row: PTK Inductees; Austin Lambert, Brandi Walker, Kirsten Thompson, Lacrystal Peguese, Kylie Cook, Sarah Flanagan, and Jasmine Benson.


Small Business Finalists Recognized

Naked PigFour finalists for the 2014 Small Business of the Year were recognized by a recent visit from Stanly County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathy Almond and Stanly Community College’s Small Business Center Director Frank Tamberelli.

In October, The Naked Pig Meat Company (Oakboro) was honored at a luncheon as the winner of the 2014 Small Business of the Year. The other finalists were All Around Consignments and More (Richfield), Badin Treehouse Company (Badin) and GloryBeans Coffee House (Albemarle).

Judging was conducted by a panel of community members who reviewed each application based on the criteria of stability and growth, innovation, response to challenge, and community service.

All Around Consignments and More was established in 2011 and is owned by Elaine Plowman. This business offers quality, name brand ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing, in addition to shoes, handbags, modern home décor, practical household supplies and good furniture. Elaine also uses eBay as a distribution channel for those shoppers who are not located in the immediate area. Her company’s sales have been increasing steadily since the business opened and its reputation for great values is spreading rapidly as well. Elaine’s store is also an active donor of unsold goods to numerous local, charitable organizations.

Badin Treehouse is a café with a comfortable fine dining experience and is owned by Jodi and James Wahab. It started as a coffee shop in 2012, but added soup, salads, sandwiches and desserts at the beginning of 2014 in response to customer demand. Badin Treehouse also offers high-end specialty coffees and award winning tea from the Jasmine Tea Company; products that were previously not available except in large market areas such as Charlotte or Raleigh. These beverages complement chef-inspired dinner entrees that are also available at the Badin Treehouse.

The Badin Treehouse also strives to be socially responsible and it has formed partnerships with several organizations, most recently being listed as a champion by the North Carolina Business Leadership Network Insider publication; a newsletter for the Monarch Company, which specializes in getting jobs for persons with disabilities.

Established in 2009, GloryBeans Coffee House is a Christian-focused coffee house and offers vintage and antique items, local pottery and handmade vintage jewelry. GloryBeans has created a unique menu mix that caters to the health conscious consumer, but it also offers special choices for its smallest customers through its partnership with Dip-N-Dots. Owner Connie Goins values close relationships with her customers and her employees, as well as reaching out to the less advantaged citizens of Stanly County. These citizens are in need of assistance in many forms and they find help at GloryBeans to locate shelter, enjoy free coffee and food, offer and receive prayer and obtain information about programs that can help them in their daily lives.

The Naked Pig Meat Company was established in 2012 and is owned by Shawn and Jenny Hatley. An interesting combination of livestock farming and a meat market operation, this company was created to return a family farmland to profitability. On a farm originally acquired in 1936 by Shawn’s great-grandparents, The Naked Pig Meat Company operates a farrow to finish hog operation and beef cattle farm, teams with small family farms to finish hog, markets North Carolina Sun-Raised Farms pastured lamb and markets specialty meats direct to families throughout the United States. The Naked Pig Meat Company also works with the many farm families that grow the grains they mill to feed to their pigs and who grow the eggs that the company sells to its customers.

Giving back to the community is also a commitment at The Naked Pig Meat Company where they have supported programs and events such as Adopt-a-Block, the Thin Blue Line Silent Auction, Hospice and several local churches in addition to donating food to a variety of food pantries. The Naked Pig Meat Company also offers a “WorkShare” program for community members who want to trade their labor for a credit towards in-store purchases.

"The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the SCC Small Business Center each year to recognize our local Small Business of the Year recipient and the finalists," states Kathy Almond, Chamber CEO. "This partnership is an example of the great work that is achieved through collaboration, and the Chamber acknowledges the many small businesses we have in Stanly County that work alongside our business and industry community for economic growth."

For more information regarding SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Frank Tamberelli at (704) 991-0182.

All Around Consignments

All Around Consignments owner Elaine Plowman (center) is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award from Frank Tamberelli (left) and Kathy Almond (right).

Badin Treehouse

Badin Treehouse Co. is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award. Pictured left to right: Kathy Almond, Samantha Johnson, Jodi Wahab (owner) and Frank Tamberelli.

Glory Beans

GloryBeans Coffee House owner Connie Goins (center) is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award from Kathy Almond (left) and Frank Tamberelli (right).

Naked Pig

The Naked Pig was presented the Small Business of the Year Winner award. Pictured left to right: Frank Tamberelli, Kathy Almond, Nicole Starnes, Jenny Hatley, Shawn Hatley and Dana Chaney.


Cannon Foundation Contributes to SCC

sccnewsiconThe Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust has awarded $100,000 to Stanly Community College (SCC) for additional Simulation Lab equipment. The simulation lab uses high-tech manikins and equipment and allows students to mirror that of a functioning clinic or hospital.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Cannon Foundation, Inc. in their continued support of Stanly Community College’s Signature Allied Health Campus,” stated Dr. Brenda Kays. “This grant will enhance the training equipment in our simulation lab. The simulation lab provides SCC students with high-stakes experience in a low-risk and controlled environment.”

The mission of SCC’s Allied Health Signature Campus is to provide state-of-the-art programs and training facilities to meet the needs of our students and industry. As part of the College’s strategic planning process, seven curriculum and six occupational education programs, along with a 1,700 square foot simulation center, are part of the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust. This strategy will develop our future workforce base and better align worker training and skills with the needs of the healthcare industry. Programs that are offered at the Allied Health Signature center include: Certified Nursing Assistant; EMT – Basic & Paramedic; Medical Assisting; Medical Laboratory Technology; Multi-Skilled Nurse Aide; Nursing - Associate & Returning LPN; Pharmacy Technology; Phlebotomy; Radiography; and Respiratory Therapy.

For more information on SCC’s Allied Health Signature Campus, contact Dr. Tammy Crump at 704-991-0267. For more information on SCC’s other educational offerings, contact our Eagles 1-Stop at 704-991-0123.


SCC Announces Art Show Winners

Brandi WalkerStanly Community College (SCC) announced the winners of the eighth annual art show during an opening reception held on March 24, 2015. The College encourages all students to showcase their creative artwork with other artists and viewers. The artwork was displayed in the Learning Resources Center located in the Snyder building.

Scott Callicutt, a graphic designer, was selected to judge the artwork on display which included oil paintings, pencil drawings, stoneware, digital art, photography, and much more. Mr. Callicutt’s roots are in fine art and while he currently works in the field of graphic design, he also does freelance illustration and works in traditional mediums such as pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints.

First place went to Brandi Walker with “Arctic Sunshine” (acrylic). Ms. Walker commented, “It was a last minute decision to enter the art show. I do enjoy art and consider it a hobby. I’m very glad my piece won.”

Second place was given to Amy Earnhardt with “Wonder” (ink drawing). This entry was also selected by SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays as the “President’s Choice” artwork.

Third place went to Teresa Hunsucker for “Fruit Cellar” (stoneware). Honorable mentions include: Josh Jenkins with “Spartan” (illustration); Cheyenne Johnston with “Starburst” (stained glass) and Andria Lambert with “Waiting for a Ride” (photography).

For more information about our programs within the creative fields, please contact Josh Gooch, Program Head of Advertising and Graphic Design at (704) 991-0263 or Sylvia Lewis, Director of Business & Career Technologies for information on our Digital Photography Certificate at (704) 991-0287.

Brandi Walker

Brandi Walker received First place in the Stanly Community College Annual Art Show. The winning artwork was an acrylic medium titled “Artic Sunshine.”


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