SCC Awarded $325,000 to Develop Data Virtualization Center
from Golden LEAF Foundation
Pictured from left to right is Carmen Nunalee, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Compliance;
John Enamait, President of SCC; and Mark Sorrells, Golden LEAF Senior VP.
Albemarle, NC - Stanly Community College (SCC) is developing a Virtualization Data Center which will be located in the Whitley Technology Center on the Albemarle Campus. This project received support from The Golden LEAF Foundation in the amount of $325,000. SCC’s plan is to convert an existing classroom to make enhancements to the Virtualization Data Center, which will increase the College's ability to offer training in the IT industry.
“Golden LEAF is pleased to support Stanly Community College’s Virtualization Data Center,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “The Foundation supports targeted workforce training, and the IT industry provides good-paying jobs that will remain in demand.”
Projected outcomes include increasing the number of high school students receiving IT college credits, increasing community college program enrollment and completion rates, and increasing the number of displaced workers, veterans, incumbent employees, and traditional college students earning industry credentials. Golden LEAF funds will be used for equipment purchases and installation, including integration of air conditioning and fire suppression within the computer pod system.
Additionally, the grant will allow SCC to develop a competency-based education (CBE) training program in Information Technology-Network Management. The CBE program will be offered through a hybrid instructional environment that is supported by the data center. Six virtual IT computer pods will be established and stored at the data center that allows access to dual enrollment for high school students.
According to economic data, technology jobs will increase regionally by nearly 17% over the next ten years. Stanly Community College is excited to help provide a trained workforce for these jobs.
SCC’s mission includes developing the region’s economy and workforce, as well as providing a productive level of technological expertise. SCC has prioritized its initiatives addressing Stanly County’s economic and workforce development needs. SCC is well-respected in the IT realm, being one of the only Academy Support Centers for the Cisco Networking Academies in the southeast, serving institutions in six states including multiple universities such as East Carolina University and Georgia Tech. Academy Support Centers provide academies with guidance and ongoing support. SCC is also an Instructor Training Center, providing initial instructor training and qualified instructors to teach courses for Cisco Networking Academies.
“We are thrilled and honored to receive this grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation,” stated SCC President, Dr. John Enamait. “This provides recognition to the high caliber of our Information Technology offerings and the need to create technological opportunities in rural areas. We look forward to the fruition of this Virtualization Data Center along with the associated economic impact in Stanly County.”
Chartered in 1971, SCC serves over 10,000 students annually. SCC is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The Foundation receives a portion of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission.