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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.


SCC Student Emergency Fund Drive Kicks-off

sccnewsiconStanly Community College (SCC) is scheduled to begin the annual Student Emergency Fund Drive in conjunction with the holiday season. The Student Emergency Fund is a valuable resource that helps students who may find themselves in difficult financial situations. “I work with many students who are experiencing financial crises. This fund has kept roofs over their heads, heated their homes, and helped with many other emergencies. I take pride in the fact that Stanly Community College is student-focused, and the support we receive for the Student Emergency Fund is a glowing example of the care and compassion we have for our students,” explained Melody Braswell, SCC’s Financial Aid Liaison.

The 2014 Student Emergency Fund Drive will kick-off on November 24. The deadline for donations is December 17. “There are situations that students face that are unexpected and considered a crisis. In these difficult times students may need financial assistance,” explained Christy Bogle, SCC Foundation Director. “SCC strives to ensure each student has the means to continue their education, no matter what obstacles they encounter. The Student Emergency Fund is available to meet the needs of students who need financial assistance so that a temporary crisis or emergency doesn't develop into a permanent one,” added Ms. Bogle.

For more information, please contact Christy Bogle at (704) 991-0370 or email at The form is available for your viewing pleasure by visiting


Luck Lands Job at Cisco Worldwide

Stephen Luck“I always knew I wanted to be involved with computers and technology in one way or another, it was just a matter of finding the right niche,” explained Stephen Luck, Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park near Raleigh. Stephen graduated from Stanly Community College (SCC) in May 2014 with a Networking Technology degree and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Cisco Systems, Inc., is a worldwide leader in networking. Headquartered in San Jose, California, and doing business in more than 165 countries, they employ more than 71,000 individuals.

After spending nearly two years studying computer programming at UNCC, Stephen realized his passion was for networking and decided to enroll in SCC’s Networking Technology Degree program. “The location was excellent, the staff was knowledgeable and eager to help, and the classrooms were not an overwhelming size,” he explained. Admitting that the most challenging aspect of his training was (unlike the university setting) testing his knowledge at a very practical level. “It was not as simple as answering a multiple choice test and walking away. You are pushed to learn the material in a very hands-on manner.”

Stephen joins nearly 28,000 other engineers currently employed at Cisco, “I love the field that I’m in because it allows me the benefits of both building relationships and working in teams of like-minded people.”

Since 1999, SCC has been a regional site for a Cisco Networking Academy, which helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology careers in virtually every type of industry. Courses cover a range of topics from basic network design and theory to network security and advanced troubleshooting tools.

SCC provides a turn-key package for technology students. SCC is a certified Pearson VUE Testing Center. The testing center is located at the Whitley Technology Building on the Albemarle campus. Students can test for a variety of industry-recognized certifications, including Cisco and Microsoft.

For more information about the Networking Technology program at Stanly Community College, contact Brian Crump at (704) 991-0346.

Stephen Luck

Networking Technology graduate Stephen Luck takes time out for sports. He is currently employed as a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus near Raleigh.


Students Graduate from Carolina Auction Academy

CAA GraduatesThe 19th class of Carolina Auction Academy recently completed the requirements of the 96-hour program. Students learned about bid calling, law, rules and regulations, auction set-up, accounting, livestock, contracts, advertising, settlements and much more. Students traveled from Mooresville, Lexington, Hickory, Denton, Charlotte, and Clover, SC, to enroll in Stanly Community College’s premier auctioneer school. This year’s class represented nearly a 50-year span in ages, proving that the interest in auctions continues to grow. “There are many jobs that need to be completed in order to conduct an effective auction, such as clerking, cashiering, auction set-up, floor help, bid assistants, just to name a few. Many of our students enroll in the Academy because of their interest in one of these type jobs, or to become a more informed consumer, but as a rule, once they start the program they are “hooked” and ready to get what is needed to become licensed,” noted Betty O’Neal, CAA Program Head.

Prior to graduation, students must participate in a live student auction and visit at least three auctions of their choice. At the end of the program, the students vote by secret ballot on two awards – Most Improved and Best All Around. This year the award for Best All Around went to Karen Lowder and Most Improved went to Jasper Davis.

Carolina Auction Academy is accredited by the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board and the South Carolina Auctioneer Commission. CAA enrolls students in January and August of every year. The next class starts January 26th and class size is limited to 20 students. CAA also provides continuing education for auctioneers. For more information, please contact Betty O’Neal at (704) 991-0200.

CAA Graduates

Carolina Auction Academy graduates include: (front row, left to right) Brenda Johnson, Chuck Carland, Karen Lowder, Gail Buck, Julie Dunn, Angela Osian, Randy Cook, Bobby Raby, and Seth Wilkerson. Back row: (left to right) David Schulz, Ed Keiziah, Betty O’Neal, Clinton Shumpert, Jasper Davis, James Valk, Larry Morrison and Bill O’Neal. Not pictured: Carol and Joey Taylor.


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