On Friday, November 4, Stanly Community College (SCC) hosted the North Carolina Organization for Human Resources (NCOHS) Fall Conference. "Paving the Pathway to Healing" was the theme of the conference, held on SCC's Albemarle campus. Approximately, 125 participants were in attendance and over a dozen speakers highlighted the event.
Jamie Clary, NCOHS Vice President and Acting President, gave opening remarks and introduced Dr. John Enamait, Stanly Community College President, who welcomed the guests and the keynote speaker, Dr. James C. Williamson, North Carolina Community College System President.
President Williamson stated that "[he] was honored to speak because human services is near and dear to my heart. It is truly a rewarding career; you have the ability to make a difference in people's lives on a daily basis and to create a better quality of life for those that need it the most." Williamson has an extensive background in Human Services through his work as Chief Human Capital Officer of Agape Senior in South Carolina and Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling degree.
"I am truly honored that the North Carolina Organization for Human Services (NCOHS) chose Stanly Community College (SCC) to host their annual conference," stated SCC President, Dr. John Enamait. "SCC and our Human Services program recognize the importance that the field of human services affords our area and community. Our college is committed to providing the necessary education and resources to the next generation of human service workers as they help those in our community face a myriad of hardships."
Kara M. Finch, MA, HS-BCP, program head for Human Services Technology at SCC, commented, "We are very thankful to have been able to host this conference on our campus. This event would not have been possible without the help of some amazing colleagues and the students in the Human Services Club. Through this event, we were able to not only network with students and faculty from other community colleges in our state but also to impart knowledge and beneficial information related to important topics in the human services field."
Break-out sessions were held throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m., and included speakers from all facets of human services. These included Andrea Merriman, Ester House; Carson Ojamaa and Trent Staton, Family Preservation Services; Richard Mills, Carolina Alcohol and Drug Resources; Ms. Finch; Lisa Moehn, Stanly County Department of Social Services; Becky Weemhoff and Aleshia Holland, Stanly County Senior Services; Courtney Chavis-Polk, Randolph Montgomery Family Support and Community Collaboration; and Ms. Clary.
Erica Byrd a student at Gaston College, received the Outstanding Human Services Student Achievement Award, given in recognition to her academic and community achievements.
For more information about the NCOHS, please visit http://www.northcarolinahumanservices.org. For more information about the Human Services programs offered at Stanly Community College, visit the college's website.
Pictured from left to right: Amy Frieary, Kara Finch, Dr. John Enamait, Jamie Clark, Dr. James Williamson, and Trent Staton.