SCC Students Hosts GAL Speaker for Child Abuse Prevention Month


On April 10th, students from the Stanly Community College (SCC) Human Services club hosted a guest speaker on behalf of
April’s Child Abuse Prevention month. Ms. Carolyn Green, District Administrator, Guardian ad Litem (GAL), was selected to speak to
students, employees, and individuals from the community, about Guardian ad Litem services.

Established in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program serves abused and neglected children. According to GAL ( “…when a petition alleging abuse or neglect of a juvenile is filed in district court, the judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocate and an attorney advocate to provide team representation to the child.”

GAL volunteers serve as court advocates for abused and neglected children across the state of North Carolina. Volunteers undergo a thorough screening and criminal records check to ensure the safety and best interests of the child. After Ms. Green’s informative speech, several students who are enrolled in the Human Services program at SCC expressed interest in volunteering with GAL.

“On behalf of SCC, we would like to thank Ms. Green for her time, enthusiasm, and for inspiring students to get involved. For many years, GAL has been a great partner with our Human Services program by accepting our Work-Based Learning students who need volunteer/internship hours to complete their course requirements,” noted Kelly Deal, SCC Human Services Instructor. “Many students want to make a difference in a child’s life and are able to do so when volunteering with GAL. Helping vulnerable children in their time of need is a mission that belongs to the whole community, and for those with a big heart,” she added.

SCC’s Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses that prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, childcare, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

The SCC Human Services Technology program has several options for those who wish to enter into the field: Human Services Technology degree, diploma, certificate, or high school pathway option; and the Human Services Technology Substance Abuse Degree or Certificate.

For more information, or to register for summer classes that start on May 21, contact Shannon Shepherd, SCC Success Coach, at (704) 991-0125 or visit the