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Current Leader from SCC Meets First State PBL President

PBL PresidentsChuck VanHoose, a Stanly Community College (SCC) student and the current state president of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), recently had the unique opportunity of meeting his predecessor of 60 years ago.

Ms. Bobbie Lou Avant Brown was a student at East Carolina University when she was selected as president for the 1954 organizational year of North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America, a group created through the National Business Education Association in Washington, DC, to provide leadership, business, and service training for business students at both the high school and college level. In 1969, the levels separated with the collegiate group taking the Greek letters for the “Future Business Leader.”

Ms. Brown taught business at the college level a number of years before taking a position with a national health organization, where she traveled the country leading customer service training programs. After retirement, she became an entrepreneur in the adult care insurance business.

“Ms. Brown is a fascinating lady,” VanHoose commented, “and getting to meet her and spend an evening with her will be a highlight of my year as state PBL president.”

Ms. Brown, who just celebrated her 80th birthday, is a volunteer receptionist two afternoons with her church, where she sings in the sanctuary choir and organizes a hospital visitation program.

“We were amazed as she talked about her career, the early days of PBL, and her philosophy of life,” remarked SCC PBL Faculty Adviser Dan Hazlett, who spent several weeks searching for information about Ms. Brown and then accompanied VanHoose to Greensboro for the dinner meeting.

“As delegates from throughout North Carolina prepared to go to Nashville for the 2014 PBL National Leadership Conference and the conclusion of the NCPBL 60th Anniversary celebration, I remembered an article from the first publication of the organization in the winter of 1955. The title was ‘Bobbie Lou Reports on Trip to National Conference,’ and in addition to business items Ms. Brown talked about traveling 40 hours on a train by herself to get to Dallas for the meeting. She was the only North Carolinian at the conference.”

Hazlett reprinted the article to distribute to the Tarheel delegates in Nashville.

“I knew someone would ask what had happened since 1954 so I started looking for her. Although she had lost contact with the organization, she was eager to hear about its success over the years and was surprised at the size of the state and national organization sixty years later,” Hazlett said.

“She wrote a very nice letter to the 2014 national conference delegation. Again, we made copies and used it at our state meeting in Nashville as a way of concluding the 60th Anniversary activities done through the year. When we returned, I contacted her to see if she would be interested in meeting her current successor.”

Upon being introduced, she commented, “Now Chuck, I didn’t get such a nice name badge when I was state president!”

To his question about advice to him, she said, “Keep listening and learning, take advantage of opportunities, and don’t ever forget to be appreciative of the people who encourage you and help you along the way.” She told him it wasn’t necessary for him to be at the gym at 5:00 a.m. as she is most mornings at the retirement center where she moved several years ago, but that staying active and meeting new people are two things that motivate her.

“She is a remarkable, articulate person with such enthusiasm,” VanHoose said. “I anticipated a short, awkward meeting, but the three of us talked for nearly three hours about PBL and about humorous and serious things in our lives. It was a rewarding evening. I told her we had several things in common, and she agreed, even saying, ‘and you have my job!’”

PBL Presidents

Chuck VanHoose, a Stanly Community College student and state Phi Beta Lambda president, presents a certificate of recognition to Ms. Bobbie Avant Brown, his predecessor in 1954 when she was a student at East Carolina University. The recent meeting of the two concluded the 60th Anniversary celebration for North Carolina PBL.


SCC Hosts First Career Camp

Career CampStanly Community College hosted its first Career Camp July 14-16 on the Albemarle campus. The camp was open to rising 8th and 9th grade students across Stanly County and gave the participants a chance to explore six different career pathways offered by the College.

The pathways highlighted in the camp were Advertising & Graphic Design, Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies, Cybercrime & Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electronics, and Simulation & Game Development.

“Studies show that middle school is the key age for career exploration and decision making. This camp was a great opportunity to open the students’ minds to fields in which they may have had little to no exposure,” said Melissa Eudy, Director of Outreach for the College.

“The career camp was a great opportunity for young students to experience what it is like to work in modern industrial and construction related careers,” stated Jeff Parsons, Associate Vice President of the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology. “The students in our area gained hands-on exposure to autobody repair, heavy equipment operations, welding, machining, and industrial systems technology. All of our instructors were impressed with the students’ interest and hard work. Everyone had fun with this learning experience.”

“The camp was a lot of fun and I learned some too,” commented Shane Hancock, participant in the Simulation and Game Development pathway. “I now know that there is much more to video games than I realized and I am interested in the game development field of work.”

At the camp’s conclusion, parents and guests were invited to see what the students had done all week. Amy Anderson, mother of Lily, who participated in the Early Childhood Education camp, said, “This gave us a chance to discuss some options she will have as far as her career choice. She came home excited about the things she learned through this program. It also gave me an opportunity to speak with the College personnel. They were all so very friendly and extremely helpful. Lily is already excited for next year!”

For more information on all career programs offered at SCC, please visit our programs page.

Light Sensitive Alarm Kits

Participants hold their light sensitive alarm kits they made in the Electronics Engineering lab during career camp.

HVEQ Simulators

Participants practice on heavy equipment simulators during career camp at SCC.

Video Games

Participants designed their own video games in the Simulation & Game Development career camp.

Art Techniques

Participants in the Early Childhood Education area learn process art techniques.


SCC Transitions Outgoing and Incoming Board Members

Burr and BrooksStanly Community College (SCC) said goodbye to two long-time Board of Trustee members who ended their tenure in July, 2014. Outgoing Board Member Mr. J. Banks Garrison, Jr., has served as a Governor’s appointee since 1998, and currently serves on the Stanly Classic Golf Tournament Committee, which is the Foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. Mr. and Mrs. Garrison recently established the sixty-fourth Stanly Heritage Endowed Scholarship—The J. Banks and Susan R. Garrison Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Garrison is the President of South Central Oil Company in Albemarle.

Outgoing Board Member Mrs. Daisy Washington, who resides in Badin, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Stanly County Board of Education in 2006. Mrs. Washington has served the College for eight years and retired from Stanly Community College in 2000 where she worked in the Student Services Division.

Dr. Brenda Kays, President of SCC, stated, “Both Mr. Garrison and Mrs. Washington have been invaluable members of the board and truly left a mark in education and in our county. The institution has benefitted by having individuals of this caliber, who care so deeply about students and their success, guiding the progress of the College.”

Incoming Board of Trustee members include: Joe Brooks, who was appointed by the Governor, and is Partner Manager for Brothers Precision Tool in Albemarle; Ms. Kathy Burr, also appointed by the Governor, and is the owner of Burr Bail Bonds in Albemarle; and Ms. Anita Owens-Scott, who was appointed by the Stanly County Commissioners and is a former Stanly County Board of Education member. Ms. Owens-Scott is a former Rehabilitation Counselor for the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Service. She is currently in full-time ministry serving as Co-Pastor of New Direction Life Ministries of Norwood.

“I look forward to working with our incoming trustees, tapping into their strengths and talents, and together enriching the lives of our students and fostering their success,” added Dr. Kays.

Burr and Brooks

Pictured are incoming Board of Trustee members Kathy Burr and Joe Brooks. Not pictured-Anita Owens-Scott.


SCC Students Complete Nurse Aide Training

NA TrainingStudents at the Albemarle and Locust campuses of Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed Nurse Aide Training in Level I (NA-I), Level II (NA-II), and Hybrid.

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.

Students in the Nurse Aide Level II program learn to set up oxygen, assist with IV therapy, perform tracheotomy care and many more advanced skills in this 179-hour program, of which 80 hours consist of clinical experience in a hospital.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing aides is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, mostly due to our growing elderly population needing long-term care facilities.

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 Day Albemarle

NA-I Day at Albemarle - Front row (L to R): Johan Mercado, Jennifer Zagada, Kacey Medlin, Breanna Tarlton and Jennifer Lowder, RN (Instructor). Back row: Margaret Streble, Brittney Pichardo, Kiera Bailey and Kimberly Thompson.

NAI Evening Albemarle

NA-I Evening at Albemarle – Front row: (L to R): Adrienne Huneycutt, Nkaujnhag Yang, Rashonda Sturdivant and Sofia Kranidioti. Back row: Brandy Bell, Meghan Huneycutt, Tiffany Crymes, Karen Lowery and Sierra Lingerfelt. Not pictured - Amanda Little, RN (Instructor).

NAI Day Crutchfield

NA-I Day at Crutchfield – Front row: (L to R): Lori Reeder, RN (Instructor), Katelin Higgins, Kristen Armstrong and Amanda Whitley. Back row: Lucas Braswell, Shannon Ritch, Keonna Artis and Amanda Rogers.

NAI Evening Crutchfield

NA-I Evening at Crutchfield – Front row: (L to R): Carl McLamb, Stephen Greaves, Sarah Rappe, Tammy Marks and Peyton Lowder. Back row: Shauna Spratt, Crystal Arant, Nancy Murr, RN (Instructor), Mariah Pemberton and Brittany VounDerMeid. Not Pictured: Patrick Abee.

NAII Albemarle

NA-II at Albemarle – Front row: (L to R): Melissa Essoufi, Nancee Vang, Angela Smith, KDLynn Daniels and Helena Davis, RN, BSN (Instructor). Back row: Tiffany Williams, Meghan Farmer, Hannah Bonarrigo and Gam Vang.


Pinning Ceremony Held for Medical Assisting Students

MA GraduatesStanly Community College (SCC) recently honored their 2014 Medical Assisting graduates with a pinning ceremony. Twenty students completed the program this year. Family and friends gathered on the SCC Albemarle campus in the Dennis Auditorium to watch as these students accepted their Medical Assisting pins.

Dr. Brenda Kays, President, Stanly Community College, welcomed guests and congratulated the students on their accomplishments. Director of the Medical Assisting Program, Starra Herring, and Heather Whitley, Medical Assisting instructor, introduced the students as they walked across the auditorium stage to receive their pin.

For additional information on the Medical Assisting program at SCC, contact Starra Herring at 704-991-0397 or

MA Graduates

Pictured from left to right: First row – Starra Herring, Misty Treadaway, Mai See Lor, Brenda Acevedo and Heather Whitley. Second row – Myisha Clark, Carrianne Brewster, Ariana King, Kirsten Gilmer and Aleksandra Dolmatova. Third row – Christa Downs, Julie Silverthorne, Tiffany Keener, Cassie Lowrance and Nikita Knight. Fourth row – Millie Crump, Taylor Barbee, Kaitlyn Crisco, Maggie Hopkins and Maria Andrews. Not pictured: Terrie Barbee and Lisa Drake.


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