I have been President of Stanly Community College for nearly a year. In that time, we have made a number of significant achievements, as well as encountered some challenges along the way. Our achievements include additional resources to help local manufacturing; a data virtualization grant that will allow us to expand our Information Technology offerings; and a continuous improvement initiative that will help our students achieve their dream of a college education. On the flip side, we have had some challenges, including continued development of a culinary program and upgrading our current facilities. But our biggest challenge was overcoming the loss of one of our main buildings, Patterson.
As you may remember, there was a construction mishap last summer in the Patterson Building that required offices and services to be relocated to other parts of our campus. Our faculty, staff, and students did a wonderful job adjusting to these new contingencies. I am now excited to announce that our Patterson Building will be reopening for the start of the fall semester on August 16th.
Patterson renovations were a well needed internal facelift to one of our oldest buildings on campus and will come with new flooring, cosmetic work, and some new furniture. These renovations have been at a minimal cost, with no dollars utilized solely from Stanly County taxpayers. SCC will spend less than $250,000 from the Connect NC Bond fund that was authorized in 2016. The remainder of this funding will be from insurance proceeds.
The biggest resulting change will be the relocation of the Eagle's 1-Stop. The Eagle’s 1-Stop is an area of the college that provides a diverse set of services for new and current students. These services include help with:
- Completing admissions applications
- Completing financial aid
- Academic advising
- Registering for classes
- Student ID badges
Starting with the fall semester, the Eagle’s 1-Stop will be moving to our first floor, into space formerly occupied by Admissions. This space will better help serve students and provide easier access to those services.
Another feature of the renovated Patterson Building will be the expanded training area and Dennis Community Room meeting space. We wish to share these areas with the community as a valuable resource which will help local companies utilize state-of-the-art technology, incorporating video conferencing and multimedia capability.
These are just a few of the many changes made to Patterson. I would invite you, at the beginning of next semester, to visit our campus and see these changes for yourself.
Finally, I would like to thank our Board of Trustees and especially our Facility Committee for their hard work, perseverance, and guidance. I would equally like to thank our Executive Leadership Team for their patience and understanding during these renovations. A special thanks goes out to our Executive Vice President/COO, Ms. Robin McCree. Robin was the project manager who made sure all the T's were crossed and the I's were dotted. We could not have done this without a team effort!
Dr. John Enamait
Stanly Community College