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SCC Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

sccnewsiconEleven students from Stanly Community College will receive scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare related to attending classes during the 2014-15 academic year, and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both occupational and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 8,000 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation has awarded 1,275 grants totaling more than $561 million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit or call (888) 684-8404.

To find a list of participating community colleges and eligible counties, visit Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact Stanly Community College’s Financial Aid Office at 704-991-0302.


SCC Celebrates International Education Week

sccnewsiconStanly Community College (SCC) will celebrate International Education Week from November 17 -21, 2014, featuring two events. International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This is a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The first event will be held on Monday, November 17, at 12:00 noon, in the Dennis Auditorium, Kelley Building, located on the Albemarle campus. The public is invited to attend this event. A short documentary about Ebola will be shown, followed by a question and answer session. Biology faculty member, Dr. Samantha Furr-Rogers, will be available to answer questions after the documentary. Dr. Furr-Rogers has a PhD in Biology with a concentration in viral immunology. Her dissertation research involved the immune responses to RNA viruses in the same order as Ebola. “I actually chose that pathway and went to graduate school because I wanted to work with Ebola in a BSL-4 lab one day,” she noted. Dr. Furr-Rogers also has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Virginia, where she studied the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

The second event will be held on Wednesday, November 19, at 12:00 noon, in the Snyder Building, Room 221, also on the Albemarle campus. The public is invited to attend this event. This Study Abroad information meeting will inform individuals on how to earn college credit while traveling abroad, and on scholarship and fund raising opportunities. Individuals will also have an opportunity to sample some international cuisine.

Both events are sponsored by the Global Education Committee. For more information, contact Patricia Horner, SCC, Global Education Coordinator, at (704) 991-0395 or


Welding Students Donate to Auction

Rose ScholarsRecently, students from the Carolina Auction Academy (CAA) joined students from the Welding program at Stanly Community College (SCC) in efforts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Welding Instructor William Beaver wanted to be supportive so he proposed a project to his class – design and build something to show the skills you’ve learned and something that can be auctioned off at the student auction always held at the end of each CAA course.

Under the guidance of Mr. Beaver and CAA Instructor Mr. Bill O’Neal, the welding students went to work using scrap metal and built a large grill for the auction. Other than MIG and TIG welding practices, students also gained skills in team building, problem solving and time management.

At Carolina Auction Academy, the importance of networking with fellow auctioneers is stressed and that a good auction helps everyone. Networking goes beyond the auctioneers as was demonstrated at this recent event that joined efforts of two programs and two groups of students.

The next class of Carolina Auction Academy begins January 26. For more information, contact Betty O’Neal at 704-991-0142.

The Welding program is part of SCC’s Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology center and the next class begins January 8. For more information, contact William Beaver at 704-991-0383 or visit

Welding Students

Pictured are students and instructors from the SCC Welding program standing with a grill built to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the recent CAA student auction.


SCC Receives an Excellent Review through SACSCOC Reaffirmation

sccnewsiconAfter hosting a 9-member team of reviewers for an intensive 3-day site visit, Stanly Community College (SCC) is being recommended for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). During the visit, reviewers met with students, faculty, administrators, and representation from the Board of Trustees at SCC’s Albemarle campus, as well as our Crutchfield Education Center, West Main, and West Stanly High School Cosmetology Centers.

At the conclusion of the visit, the SACSCOC On-site Reaffirmation Committee gave SCC the highest possible preliminary evaluation, offering no recommendations for additional action prior to reaffirmation. Additionally, SCC was commended for its outstanding on-site visit planning efforts, hospitality, organization, and attention to detail. Final confirmation of SCC’s reaffirmation of accreditation is expected to take place at the June 2015 Board Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The 10-year cycle for SACSCOC reaffirmation includes the submission and review of two major components: the Compliance Certification Report (CCR) and the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). SCC’s QEP resulted in an initiative called the EDGe (Engage, Develop and Grow with e-learning). The EDGe was chosen after an intensive program of student, faculty and staff focused research. Ultimately, the EDGe will help students become more effective and successful eLearners.

Dr. Brenda Kays noted of the SACSCOC visit, “The entire SCC community can take tremendous pride in this outcome, which provides a ringing endorsement of the current status of our college’s vision for its growth and development in the years to come. Additionally, what this means to our students is that we have maintained the highest level of academic excellence, thereby ensuring an outstanding education from SCC. My sincere thanks and congratulations are due to all of the many individuals in the SCC community who took part in the process and worked so hard to secure this successful outcome. Terrific teamwork has brought us to this great day!”

For more information on the SACSCOC reaffirmation, contact SCC’s SACSCOC liaison, Dr. Heather Hill at

For more information about the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) you can contact them at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Stanly Community College. You can also visit their website at


SCC Scholars Recognized

Rose ScholarsStanly Community College (SCC) recently recognized all scholarship recipients during a special program held at the Stanly Country Agri-Civic Center. The Scholar Recognition Night is a wonderful event that honors our scholarship recipients. Students have a chance to say a personal and heartfelt “thank you” and be recognized for their achievement, while donors have a chance to see the impact on the lives their investment makes.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays gave the welcome and greeted all those present. She shared that over 300 students had applied for scholarships at SCC and these students were the honored 97 scholars that were awarded. Foundation Director Christy Bogle recognized the donors and emphasized the importance of their commitment and contributions to these deserving students.

Heritage Scholar Leah Joyner spoke about the program and the impact it has had on her education at the College. Leah was grateful for the Heritage scholarship she received because it relieved some of the financial burden that comes along with college. As she prepares to transfer to a private institution, she remarked that the community college gave her an opportunity to save some money on the first two years of college.

Stanly Heritage and Annual Scholarship recipients were recognized with certificates of achievement. The Stanly Heritage Endowed Scholarship program is offered through the SCC Foundation to curriculum students. There have been nearly 1,300 scholarships awarded since the inception of the program.

ROSE Chairperson Beth Swanner gave remarks on behalf of the Crutchfield Family Foundation. The ROSE Scholarship program stands for Reaching Out for Success through Education and was initiated in memory of Katherine Sikes Crutchfield, who dedicated her life to educational institutions and through civic and philanthropic organizations. This program provides twenty-five scholarships for female students and they are paired with a mentor for support during their educational journey.

Ms. Swanner also shared about the Dr. H. T. “Toby” Webb Scholar program that offers 25 scholarships to male students. This scholarship is sponsored by the Crutchfield Family Foundation in honor of Dr. Webb, former football coach and mentor to Mr. Ed Crutchfield. Dr. Webb has had a tremendous impact on so many lives and continues to coach and encourage these scholars through the Webb Scholar program.

Rose Scholar recipient, Christine Kirby, gave remarks of gratitude for her scholarship. Christine is a second year Associate Degree Nursing student at SCC. Christine shared how the ROSE scholarship has enabled her to purchase all of her necessary supplies for the Nursing program, which can be fairly expensive. Her experiences with her mentor, Penny Townsend, have been remarkable, noting that Ms. Townsend has been one of the most encouraging figures she’s had throughout her college journey.

Mr. Walter Austin offered comments regarding the Webb Scholarship program in which he is a recipient. Walter is an Information Security Technology student, preparing to graduate in the spring. Walter shared that the Webb scholarship has given him support and motivation when he needed it most.

Both ROSE and Webb scholars were recognized with a certificate of achievement.

Melody Braswell gave closing remarks. “Your donors have made an investment in you,” Melody said. “They didn’t do this for you to pay them back. Rather, they want you to pay it forward. Do well in your classes, get involved at school, graduate, and go make a difference in the world.”

Rose Scholars

ROSE scholarship recipients pictured left to right, front row: Deena Collins, Tiffany Shaw, Patricia Adams, Maria Teresa Allera, April Mabry and Swalanda Jones. Middle row: Madison Palmer, Miranda Hinson, Tristan Alston, Erica Douglas, Kristy Ross and Janice Bentley. Back row: Mary Efird, Christy Stilwell, Heather Birmingham, Lisa Hinson, Christine Kirby, Kandi Hasty and Stacy Harward.

Webb Scholars

Webb scholarship recipients pictured left to right, front row: Ryan Gilbert, Joshua Cline, Fulton Romero, Jermaine Hill, Jesse Smith and Anthony Carpenter. Middle row: Derek Tucker, Hunter Stone, Malachi Tucker, Daniel Lambert, Tyler Swan and Dustin Britt. Back row: Bren Hipp, Walter Austin, Anthony Hinson, Tony Peek, Jose Baltazar and Todd Helms.

Heritage Scholars

Heritage scholarship recipients pictured left to right, front row: Faith Burgett, Ashley Hardister, Abbey Biggers, Evan Biggers, Bridget McKee, Jessica Roles, Jessica Whitley, Samantha Lowder and Sasha Papa. Middle row: Jennifer Belsinger, Zachary Zaleski, Rhonda Etter, Jessie Warren, Leah Joyner, Susan Almond, Cearia Jones and Stephanie Hogan. Back row: Taylor Owen, Lora Clark, Kimberly Ferguson, Tara Daley, Melanie Hylton-Meckes, Christopher St. Marie, Tim Blizzard and Travis McLeod.

Annual Scholars

Annual scholarship recipients pictured left to right, front row: Courtney Henderson, Destiny McClellan and Jessica Mallabone. Back row: Jordan Christy, Nicole Green and Barna Cranford.

Alcoa Scholars

Alcoa scholarship recipients pictured left to right: Jennifer Lucas, Nicole Wright (Alcoa representative) and Tristan Tharney.

First Bank Scholars

First Bank scholarship recipient pictured left to right: Courtney Blalock (First Bank representative) and Heather Love.

SECU Scholars

State Employees Credit Union (SECU) scholarship recipients pictured left to right: Steve Brown (SECU representative), Spencer Burkett, Kody Crisco, Kayla Liles and Derek Tucker.

Uwharrie Scholars

Uwharrie Bank scholarship recipients pictured left to right: David Beaver (Uwharrie Bank representative), Elsy Rubio, and Nicole Williams (Uwharrie Bank representative).

Shelton Scholar

Jeff Shelton scholarship recipient pictured is Bridget McKee.


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