“Wines of the World” Class Coming to James Sprunt this February

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 23, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – If you love wine, you’re going to love the upcoming continuing education class at James Sprunt, Wines of the World.

In continuation of the class offered in wine making during the fall semester, the Wines of the World class will give students a global understanding of the wine making business.

“Wines of the World” will provide an introduction to the major wine-growing regions of the world including history, distribution, climate and wine types of these regions. Emphasis will be placed on grape varieties planted and upon environmental, cultural, and political factors influencing grape growth and wine quality and style of each major region. Upon completion, students should be familiar with the breadth and depth of the wine-producing regions of the world.

The class will begin February 4 and end April 7, meeting on Tuesdays each week from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The cost of the class is $101.50 and will be taught by Dennis Sutton. To register for the class, individuals should call (910) 275-6160.

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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ECU Partnership TEACH meeting to be held January 29, 2020 at James Sprunt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 23, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – As North Carolina faces a growing teacher shortage, programs like Partnership TEACH may help to add more qualified teachers right here in Duplin County and the surrounding areas.

James Sprunt Community College recently signed the Partnership Teach Agreement with East Carolina University, which will provide eligible transfer students with a $10,000 scholarship to complete their bachelor’s degree in education.

Students can begin their academic journey at James Sprunt by majoring in Early Childhood Education, School Age Education, Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree program. They can then transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree completely online through East Carolina University.

Representatives from East Carolina University will be on campus on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 to discuss the Partnership Teach initiative. Current, former, and prospective students, as well as parents, are invited to come speak with ECU about Partnership TEACH.

Lynn Mooring, the ECU Coordinator for Partnership TEACH will provide a program overview and information to the administration at 10:00 a.m. in the McGowan Board Room. Following that meeting, she will be available to talk with students in the Strickland Building at 11:00 a.m..

Partnership Teach provides an affordable, convenient solution for students who reside in Duplin County to complete their degree in elementary education, special education, and middle grades education, and then go on to fulfill their dream of becoming a teacher in their community.

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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ECU Pirate Promise Guarantees Admission for James Sprunt Students

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 16, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – A new agreement guarantees James Sprunt Community College students admission into East Carolina University.

The Pirate Promise Agreement, a co-admission agreement between the two colleges, will guarantee admission into East Carolina for all James Sprunt students who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Enrolling or already a full-time student in your first year at James Sprunt in an approved associate degree program
  • A full-time student (minimum 12 hours a semester) unless the individual is an Early College or Career and College Promise student
  • Early College and Career and College Promise students are eligible if pursuing an approved associate degree and in their junior year of high school.
  • To retain eligibility, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

The Pirate Promise does not guarantee admission into any specific program or major at East Carolina University.

Representatives from East Carolina University will be on campus next week to answer any questions that students may have about the Pirate Promise Agreement.

On Monday, January 27, 2020, ECU staff will give a presentation to students in the Monk Auditorium located in the Hoffler Building from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the presentation, ECU staff will be available in the Strickland Commons area to discuss the agreement and answer questions from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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James Sprunt Awarded $12,600 Project SkillUp Grant

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 17, 2020

 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to announce that it has received a $12,600 Project SkillUp grant from the North Carolina Community College System Office through the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

The grant is to be used towards scholarships, which will be divided into two groups, first generational impact and agricultural studies.

Of the $12,600 awarded, $9,000 of the grant is to be given to first generation farm impacted individuals and the remaining $3,600 of the grant will be given to individuals who may not be first generation, but are looking for training opportunities.

The scholarship can be used to pursue training in James Sprunt’s CDL / Truck Driving program and/or Welding.

“James Sprunt Community College is very grateful to the System Office and the Tobacco Trust Fund for this grant opportunity,” said Dr. Jay Carraway, President of James Sprunt Community College. “This money that has been allocated for scholarships will help to change lives by providing students with the resources needed to better themselves, earn a credential, and make a living wage so they can care for their families.”

The college encourages individuals to apply for this scholarship through the Pathways Lab in Strickland on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.

“There are many job opportunities available in truck driving and welding in Duplin County in which employers need to fill positions,” said Renee Sutton, Chief of Staff at James Sprunt. “Jobs are waiting for you, and there are scholarships available. Please come out to see us.”

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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Barber Instructor Comes in 2nd Place at Hair Competition

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Kishen Judge, an instructor and graduate of the JSCC Barber School, competes during the Fashion Focus Hair Care Show in Charlotte, NC.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 16, 2020

 

 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Barber Students at James Sprunt Community College will have an opportunity to learn from one of the best in the United States!

Kishen Judge, an instructor for the James Sprunt Barber School, placed 2nd recently in a national hair competition.

The Johnny B Hair Care Competition was held during the Fashion Focus Hair Show in Charlotte, NC. More than 6,000 hair professionals from all over the world were in attendance during the event, making Kishen’s accomplishment of achieving 2nd place an amazing feat.

Kishen, a Duplin County resident, is a graduate of the James Sprunt Barber School, and was one of the first students accepted into the program when it began in 2009. He graduated from the program in 2011.

With a theme of “licensed to create,” salon professionals, such as Kishen, were given access to an unrivaled portfolio of renowned brands and artists, advanced education opportunities with hands-on training, and business-building tools with innovative fashion-forward trends during the event.

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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Environmental Scanning Event to be Held Today at James Sprunt

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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With a new President onboard and an explosive enrollment growth, James Sprunt Community College is planning for its future and continuing its efforts to better serve our students and our community.

The college will host an environmental scanning event which will bring together 40 citizens from Duplin County to do an assessment of the college.

Environmental scanning is the process of gathering information about events and their relationships within an organization’s internal and external environments. The basic purpose of environmental scanning is to help management determine the future direction of the organization.

Based on the assessment by community members, the environment scan will help the college to chart the course for the institution for the next 5 to 10 years.

The event will be held today from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Williams Building, Room 100.

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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Kitchen Incubator Audit Report Findings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    JANUARY 14, 2020

 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  An investigative report by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor, regarding the kitchen incubator, found that the college failed to provide proper oversight of the facility, resulting in a loss of at least $97,230 in services contracts in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

James Sprunt Community College acknowledges and accepts the finding of the report and agree that the lack of governance and oversight on behalf of the college by the college administration was grossly inadequate.

As a result of the findings, the college has implemented the following procedures to assure the Kitchen Incubator is properly managed moving forward:

  • All clients utilizing the facility have been required to sign new contracts outlining new operational procedures to be implemented and utilized moving forward. Additionally, each client, with a balanced owed are required to start remitting payments on their balance so their account will be paid in full and reconciled within the next twelve months.
  • The newly hired Small Business Center director will provide programmatic oversight and leadership for the Kitchen Incubator Program.
  • The business office, under the direction and supervision of the Vice President of Fiscal and Administrative Services, will assure that funds related to this program are managed within normal acceptable accounting practices. Invoices and receipts from transactions will be reconciled at the close of each month.
  • A financial report of all transactions regarding the Kitchen Incubator will be presented to the President of James Sprunt Community College at the end of each month.

“The administration of James Sprunt Community College thanks the staff of the Office of the State Auditor for the professional manner in which the investigation was managed,” said Dr. Jay Carraway, President of James Sprunt. “The institution has learned from this experience and will endeavor to ensure past mistakes are not repeated.”

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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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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