SCC's New President Focuses on Economic Development

Thank you for the warm welcome to Stanly County! As you can well imagine, the last several weeks have been very hectic for my wife and our family. We are excited to be here in Stanly County and I am personally thrilled to be part of this community and college.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how I see Stanly Community College (SCC) and its role in our community.

As I have toured and met with employees, stakeholders, and students over these past several weeks, I can honestly say that this institution is well positioned to continue the wonderful achievements of past administrations. Without a doubt, these accomplishments would not have come to fruition without the dedication of a focused and caring faculty and staff.

A primary goal for SCC is to continue to be an institution that is willing to adapt and to continuously improve programs and services offered to our students and community. I clearly recognize that SCC can be a catalyst for economic improvement to the residents of Stanly County. This is one of the reasons that SCC will continue to play a vital role in workforce development; I see our role becoming more focused and strategic as Stanly County competes with other areas for jobs. We are well positioned in this endeavor as our Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technology (AMIT) center continues to evolve with Phase II.

Another aspect of economic development will be our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. STEM is a cornerstone to economic development and innovation and must be nurtured throughout the educational process. We plan on working with our local partners, including Stanly County Schools and Gray Stone Day School, to make this a seamless transition from high school to SCC.

I firmly believe that SCC offers one of the best values in education. Whether you plan on obtaining a certificate, diploma, associate's degree, or are looking to transfer to a university, SCC has something for you. The potential cost savings for the student and/or their parents is tremendous, when comparing average costs to other educational options.

Our continued evolution as an institution recognizes that any effort to improve on our part is never done in a vacuum. Being the best community college possible will take teamwork. Helen Keller once said, "...alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." This sums up my philosophy quite well. Together, as a school and a community, we can break barriers and lift dreams. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to getting started with you.

Dr. John Enamait
Stanly Community College

Dr. John Enamait