James Sprunt Transitions to a Virtual Campus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 27, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With the Executive Order issued today by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, effective at 5pm Monday, March 30th, James Sprunt Community College will move to a virtual campus.

We will continue to provide our students and community with remote learning through distance education during this time. Our staff and faculty remain accessible to our students, virtually, by email, voice mail, the JSCC website, and social media channels.

We ask that all students, faculty and staff continue to monitor their JSCC account for the latest information available.

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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James Sprunt Adapting to Life’s Sudden Changes

Dr Jay CarrawayAs published in the March 26, 2020 edition of The Duplin Times.

Life can change suddenly, without any notice or warning, as we are witnessing today. Many of us could have never predicted what is currently happening in our county, our state, and in our country during this national emergency surrounding COVID-19.

COVID-19 has caused quite a few disruptions in our current life, from no longer being able to physically attend church, to not being able to dine in at your favorite restaurant. Wherever you look, you notice that life is not quite the same as it was just two weeks ago. However, these disruptions are a small price to pay to ensure the health and safety of our community and our citizens.

As restaurants learn how to adapt to take-out or delivery service, colleges and universities across the country are also learning how to transition over to a completely online system, as James Sprunt Community College has done.

Our faculty have spent the last week receiving training on how they could transition their classes from face-to-face instruction to an online format. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to serving our students during this time. Their flexibility in adapting to alternative learning methods will allow our students an opportunity to complete their classes and continue with their education.

While life may not be smooth sailing during this period of time, please know that we are trying our best to serve our students from a distance, while ensuring the safety of all.

There are several free Wi-Fi sources available throughout Duplin County, and we encourage our students who do not have internet service at home to take advantage of the resources available.

Free Wi-Fi can be found at these places in Duplin County:

  • Duplin County-Dorothy Wightman Library in Kenansville – 107 Bowden Dr, Kenansville
  • Duplin County Library in Rose Hill – 113 S Walnut St, Rose Hill
  • Duplin County Warsaw-Kornegay Library in Warsaw – 117 W College St, Warsaw
  • Calypso Fire Department – 103 SE Center St, Calypso (Do not block fire department operations.)
  • Faison Recreation and Wellness Center – 184 Park Cir, Faison
  • University of Mount Olive Agriculture Building – 408 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive (On the Duplin/Wayne line.)
  • Alphin Insurance – 2330 Summerlins Crossroad Rd, Mt. Olive
  • Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church – 1224 Red Hill Rd, Mt. Olive
  • Flea Market at the corner of Bennetts Bridge Rd and Garner Chapel Rd – Approx. 1810 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive
  • Beulaville Town Hall – 508 E Main St, Beulaville
  • Downtown Magnolia – Approx. at the intersection of Carroll St and Railroad St, Magnolia
  • Old Pink Hill School Media Center – 202 Central Ave, Pink Hill (just across the border in Lenoir County)
  • The parking lot of the Wallace Public Library

Several companies, such as Spectrum, have offered to install internet services for free in the homes of students who do not have it, for 60 days. If you are interested in learning more about this, please call 1-844-488-8395.

The Small Business Center at James Sprunt will continue to be available via telephone, email, or video conferencing for small business owners who may need business counseling. Webinars are currently being created and will be offered soon. For more information on this, please contact Chris Harper at charper@jamessprunt.edu or (910) 275-6202.

We would like to take a moment to thank all those that are dedicating their time to energy to ensure our safety and well-being, many who are on the front lines, during this crisis.

We are extremely grateful for our local, state, and national leaders during these unprecedented times. We thank all the health and medical workers who have gone into this situation unafraid and without question to help care for others. There are many people who are going the extra mile, above and beyond the call of duty, to make a difference in the lives of others during this crisis.  First responders, teachers, truck drivers, retail and restaurant workers, manufacturing workers, and environmental service workers, are working countless hours, trying to adapt to this different world of work and service.  Every profession in the workforce has been affected in some way by this crisis, and we must all do our part to support one another.  I am grateful for our College staff and faculty who are working to deliver the same level of service to our students and public, via online instruction and technology. We would like to express appreciation for our environmental services staff at James Sprunt Community College, who are working diligently as we have revamped our efforts to stop the spread of germs.

We ask that everyone please follow the guidance of our leaders. We ask that you please bear with us as we do all that we can, as a college, to continue offering a quality education to our students in the best way we know-how. We ask that all students, faculty, and staff continue to monitor their James Sprunt email accounts for important updates, and we also encourage everyone to stay connected with us through our website and social media pages @JamesSpruntCC. We have recently created an Online Hotline, where you can ask any question on our website, and we will work to assist you as quickly as possible.  Together, through social distancing and other measures, we can make a difference and help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus.

– Dr. Jay Carraway, President, James Sprunt Community College

Changes at James Sprunt Effective March 23, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 20, 2020

James Sprunt Community College will be adopting the following changes effective March 23.

• 100% online courses will continue as scheduled.

• Most face-to-face classes will transition to an online format beginning March 23 until further notice.

• Students in a face-to-face lab, work-based learning, and clinical instruction should check their email for clarification on the status of their classes.

• All college-sponsored events, activities, and services have been cancelled until further notice. ​

These changes will impact students, faculty, and staff, and all parties involved are asked to continue to check their email for specific details on these changes.

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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Duplin County Native Niccoya Dobson Becomes James Sprunt’s Newest Board Member

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 19, 2020

James Sprunt Community College swore in a new member of its Board of Trustees today. Niccoya Dobson, a long-time resident of Duplin County, will replace Delilah Gomes, who was a trustee at James Sprunt for 18 years. Dobson earned her bachelor’s degree at NC State University and completed her Juris Doctorate at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Dobson says she has a personal connection to James Sprunt. While attending James Kenan High in Kenansville, she took classes at James Sprunt through the Huskins program.

“My first 27 credit hours for college were earned at James Sprunt,” said Dobson. “Because of this opportunity, I was able to graduate from NC State in three years instead of four.”

Dobson says she “hopes to be the voice of the students, faculty, and staff while keeping in line with the mission of the college and bridging the gap with Duplin County Schools and James Sprunt Community College.”

Dobson currently serves as a public defender with New Hanover County, and has previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Onslow County, and also served as a public defender in Boston, MA. With nine years of experience as an attorney, Dobson says “I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves.”

You may recognize Dobson from a popular restaurant in Kenansville, Hardees. Dobson says that it is one of her favorite restaurants, and she frequents it often because that was the place of her first job.

“It taught me how to provide good customer service,” said Dobson. “I still keep in touch with my manager who still works there, it was a great experience.”

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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James Sprunt’s Small Business Center to Offer Free Webinars and Online Counseling During COVID-19 Crisis

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 18, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With the threat of the COVID-19 virus, the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College will be offering free webinars in place of face-to-face instruction.

The college is currently in the process of locating instructors for webinars, working with our local chambers for topic suggestions, and setting up our online platform. The college is planning to host a webinar on “How Your Business Can Survive the threat of the Coronavirus.” Registration for this webinar is currently open.

The college would like to remind small businesses and individuals that the Small Business Center is still offering FREE business counseling via telephone, email or video conference to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Anyone who would like to schedule a counseling session or to register for an upcoming webinar are asked to contact Chris Harper, Small Business Center Director at charper@jamessprunt.edu or (910) 275-6202.

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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First banquet held for the JSCC Spartan Men of Distinction raised more than $6000

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 17, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, James Sprunt Community College held its first annual banquet for the Spartan Men of Distinction. The Spartan Men of Distinction is the male mentoring association at James Sprunt Community College designed to increase graduation and retention rates of male students at James Sprunt. The association provides academic, financial, and social support for these students from the funds raised through sponsorships and ticket sales for the annual banquet.

The 1st Annual Banquet for the Spartan Men of Distinction was a night to remember with over 150 people in attendance. The event received support from all over Duplin County and the surrounding areas and raised more than $6,000 for this organization.

The following sponsors were recognized during the event:

 Gold Sponsors – $1000 and above

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June Davis, Executive Vice President at James Sprunt Community College
  • June Davis, executive vice president at James Sprunt Community College
  • Al Searles, JSCC Board Member and Vice President at Smithfield Hog Production

Silver Sponsors – $500 – $999

  • Johnson’s Breeders, Rose Hill, NC
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Craig Craft accepted the plaque for Smithfield Hog Production.
  • Smithfield Hog Production, Warsaw, NC
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Duplin County / Kenansville Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenansville Chamber of Commerce, Kenansville, NC
  • Bryant Kelly Crumpler and Wendy Crumpler, Wallace, NC
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Brian Jones, Associate Vice President of Student Services
  • Brian Jones, associate vice president of student services at James Sprunt Community College

Bronze Sponsors ­- $100 – $499

  • Vidant Health, Kenansville, NC
  • Tri-County Electric Company, Dudley, NC
  • Woodall’s Fitness and Performance Center, Clayton, NC
  • The University of Mount Olive, Mount Olive, NC
  • James Sprunt Community College HR Department
  • Herring Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Mount Olive, NC
  • Beulaville Chamber of Commerce, Beulaville, NC
  • Craig & Dianne Craft, James Sprunt Community College
  • Lee Williams, James Sprunt Community College
  • Ed Emory, James Sprunt Community College Trustee
  • Attorney Anita Powers Branch, James Sprunt Community College Trustee Board Chair
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ken Jones, James Sprunt Community College
  • Milton & Tonya Griffin, Fayetteville, NC
  • Barber Law Firm, Goldsboro, NC
  • Robert & Amber Martinez, James Sprunt Community College
  • SFC Roger & Carolina Simmons, James Sprunt Community College
  • Claude & Debra Morrisey, James Sprunt Community College
  • Mr. & Mrs. Willie Gillispie, Kenansville, NC
  • Yvonne Williams, Faison, NC
  • Jeremy Faison, James Sprunt Community College
  • Katena Coor, James Sprunt Community College
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Taylor, James Sprunt Community College
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth P Boney, Sr. Rose Hill, NC
  • Jarvis Miller Enterprise, Magnolia, NC

All donations received go towards helping the Spartan Men of Distinction students increase their chance for completing higher education, obtaining a job, and contributing to our local community.

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Michael H. Maddox, motivation speaker

 

The banquet featured guest speaker Michael H. Maddox. Maddox is the highly regarded Senior Pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Wallace, NC, and has served in that role for 15 years. Maddox delivered a powerful message in which he encouraged the Spartan Men of Distinction to have the courage to go after their dreams.

Each of the Spartan Men of Distinction also spoke, giving their testimony of how the program has helped them achieve success both inside and outside the classroom.

Those in the community who were not able to attend the banquet but would like to help support the Spartan Men of Distinction can do so by either volunteering their time or making a monetary donation. For more information, please contact Jeremy Faison, minority male success coach directly at (910) 275-6269 or jfaison@jamessprunt.edu

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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19 Students at James Sprunt Inducted into PTK During Spring 2020 Induction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MARCH 15, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – On Thursday, March 5, 2019, James Sprunt Community College inducted nineteen students into Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

During the ceremony, students had an opportunity to hear from a panel of JSCC alumni which consisted of Kenneth Boney, Jeremy Faison, Amanda Farina, and Stacey Floyd. The four-spoke on their experiences as students at James Sprunt and gave advice on how students can aim even higher in their academic journey.

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The following students were inducted:

  • Jennifer Ajanel (not present)
  • Hector Cornejo
  • Melany Cruz Benitez (not present)
  • Shirley Farrior
  • Antonio Forsythe
  • Danielle Jenkins (not present)
  • Chyasia Jones (not present)
  • Walter Gomez
  • Taylor Kennedy
  • Robbyn Marino
  • Ashley Meders (not present)
  • Lakisha Miller
  • Serena Parsons (not present)
  • Jhonathan Perea-Rivera
  • Lauryn Riggs
  • Sarah Simmons
  • Lori Smith (not present)
  • Natasha Williams
  • Prince Williams (not present)

Advisors for PTK include Sholanda Moore, Amber Ferrell, Alex Bogdanoff, and Mariah Lentz.

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For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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