In 1971, some of the major news events included the publication of the Pentagon Papers, passing of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, and President Nixon ending our U.S. Trade embargo on China. In July of 1971, Stanly County had a major local event when Stanly Community College was founded. As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on some of our history and achievements these past years.
I have asked long-time faculty member Dan Hazlett to put together some historical anecdotes to help us memorialize this occasion. Here’s some of the information that Dan provided:
- In 1971, our first classes were held in the old Kingville High School (now the E.E. Waddell Community Center). Dan was possibly one of our first instructors. His first class was English at 9 am. A total of eight faculty instructors offered classes in auto mechanics, air conditioning and refrigeration, secretarial science, industrial management, brick masonry, and business.
- By 1973, SCC had grown so much that classes were held in various locations including the local high school, hospital, Baptist Church and even the showroom window of the local Chevrolet car dealer!
- Innovation was always a part of teaching at SCC. In our early secretarial science classes, faculty discovered they did not have enough typewriters for every student so they created classes at lunch time so they could use the SCC secretarial staff’s typewriters.
- SCC moved into its new campus on College Drive in 1976. This included the current Patterson Building and Webb Student Center. Actually, the Webb Center was the location of our first Auto Body Shop class. Prior to SCC’s move, the property was actually a local turkey farm!
In the intervening years, the Kelley, Eddins, Snyder and Whitley Buildings were created to fill out the main campus. The names are in honor of long-time trustees and SCC advocates, Annie Ruth Kelley, Dr. George E. Eddins, Jr., Edward J. Snyder, Jr. and Elbert L. Whitley, Jr.
In 2003, our Crutchfield Education Center was created to serve our growing Stanly County western population and was named after Edward E. Crutchfield, a Stanly County native and retired CEO of Wachovia Bank.
Over the last several years, our campus has continued to evolve with the new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) Center, Allied Health Signature Campus, Economic Development Division and West Main Street Center. In the very near future, we will be celebrating the opening our new Morton-Moffitt Cosmetology building and AMIT Phase 2 Center.
With these changes over the years, there will always be one constant at Stanly Community College; that is our students. As we move forward, our students will remain our focus. Their success is our success and our faculty and staff will continue to provide them with the highest quality education possible.
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SCC Campus circa 1984