SUMMER 2020 REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT JAMES SPRUNT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             MAY 13, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Online registration continues this week at James Sprunt Community College for new and returning students. New students should complete the admissions application at www.jamessprunt.edu to begin the process.

Last Minute Registration will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Williams Building. This is for any student wishing to take summer classes that have not already registered. Students are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing if they are visiting campus to register. Security will be available and signs will be placed on campus to direct students to the Williams Building.

Summer classes begin on Tuesday, May 19. Most classes will be offered in an online format, but some classes at James Sprunt have been approved for face-to-face instruction provided CDC guidelines are followed.

Make-up work for classes interrupted by COVID-19, will begin as soon as practical this Summer.

The JSCC Bookstore opened on Monday for the first time since March to allow students to purchase books and supplies for summer classes. The bookstore will remain open this week from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. It will also be open during Last Minute Registration. Students coming to the bookstore are asked to practice social distancing and to wear a face mask during these times

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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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ON THE FRONT LINES WITH JAMES SPRUNT BLET ALUM ERIC TRINIDAD

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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Law enforcement officers are used to be on the front lines. They are often the first to arrive on the scene of an accident and the first to encounter the enemy – those who are not law-abiding citizens. Now those officers find themselves on another kind of front line, one against an invisible enemy that everyone is trying to conquer.

One such law enforcement officer is Eric Trinidad, a graduate of the James Sprunt Basic Law Enforcement program.

“It is kind of frightening,” said Eric, who works at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC as a patrol officer ensuring the safety of staff, patients, and visitors. “When we first started seeing patients with symptoms, everyone knew it was here, and so we are having to adapt every day.”

Some of the ways that Eric is having to adapt is by being screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19, wearing face masks to prevent the spread, and being more cautious about what he touches.

“Being at the hospital is different than working on the outside,” said Eric, who has also previously worked as an officer at the Warsaw Police Department.  “At Vidant, we still have arrest powers, but our jobs are mainly focused on the hospital and we are here to show that we care for those who come through, patients and visitors. If it were my family member, I would be full of emotion, so we take that into consideration and show more compassion.”

The saddest part about the pandemic, Eric says, is having to tell visitors they cannot be with loved ones in their time of need.

“Right now, we have a no visitor policy. It is hard to tell family members they are not allowed to be here at this time and that makes it difficult for all of us,” said Eric. “I think sometimes people forget that is happening and they don’t realize that if something happens, they cannot be with their loved one.”

But there has been something positive to come out of all of this and that was being able to surprise frontline healthcare workers by lining the streets and cheering them on.

“It was pretty cool. I feel like we get a lot of praise and thank you’s for our service, so it was cool to be able to do that for them,” said Eric. “They are walking into the unknown and dealing with patients who may be at their final moments in life, so it was an honor to be able to recognize them for all that they do, and to have the community gather around as well just to let them know they have our support.”

Although a front line worker himself, he says that the nurses that he works with in the emergency room and throughout the hospital are the true heroes of COVID-19.

“I’m not a hero, but I do work beside a lot of people who are. Nurses serving those patients are more of a hero than anything I’m doing. I’m thankful for them and it is an honor to be working beside them.”

Eric went into law enforcement because he wanted to help support his family, which at the time consisted of his mother, father, two brothers, and his brother’s family. Now married and starting a family of his own, Eric says that the BLET certification he earned has impacted him greatly and changed his life, giving him an advantage that he would not have had otherwise.

“After four months in the BLET program, I was able to support my family, I was essentially the head of household, and we are definitely not where we were six years ago. BLET definitely changed my life.”

The tuition for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at James Sprunt Community College, as well as the exam for licensure/certification, are covered by the State of North Carolina. Students must receive a sponsorship from a law enforcement agency prior to enrolling and are responsible for the cost of books and a uniform, however financial aid is available to those who qualify to help cover those expenses.

Those enrolled in the BLET program could potentially earn this credential at basically no cost out of pocket and gain employment immediately upon completion, which is exactly what Eric did.

“I can see the difference now. Getting my BLET certification has helped my family to have a better advantage in life. It was a great opportunity.”

Serving as a role model to his siblings, his brothers have also entered law enforcement in North Carolina, one serving the Town of Mount Olive and the other at The Duplin County Animal Control office.

“My family was struggling financially,” Eric says, whose parents worked at processing plants and factories located in Duplin County. “This certification helped us to get out of that struggle.”

For those who want to go into law enforcement, Eric says that they need to take it seriously.

“Go get your certification, but know your mindset has to change,” he said. “Don’t do it for the money, do it because you love to serve others and because you want to protect people, that’s why you go into law enforcement.”

As Eric recalls his education at James Sprunt, he says “I’m thankful for the program as well as those who helped me along the way. Other classmates helped me out by giving me a ride to and from school,” which is something he says he will always remember and be forever grateful for.

As for his future, Eric hopes to continue his education, getting his associate’s degree in criminal justice and eventually his bachelor’s degree, also in criminal justice.

“I could never see myself sitting behind a desk, for me, I’ll probably stay in law enforcement in some capacity until I retire.”

– by Cheryl Hemric

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For more information on the BLET program or Criminal Justice Program at James Sprunt Community College, please contact Ken Jones, the department chair for vocation programs, at kjones@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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2019-2020 Student Award Winners at James Sprunt Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             APRIL 28, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Due to COVID-19, James Sprunt Community College cancelled its annual student awards presentation day. Even though the ceremony was not able to take place, the celebration of these students and their accomplishments continue.

The college, along with the following organizations, would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding leadership and participation in the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Women of Tomorrow – Advisors: Mary Ann Simmons/Ashley Graham

  • Anette Alverez
  • Brittany Brinson
  • Martha Ann Butler
  • Deborah Carlton
  • Margaret Carney-Pitts
  • Flor Escalona
  • Haley Alexis Grady
  • Brenda Guerrero
  • Christina McNeil
  • Jacqueline Morales Garcia
  • Tajia Pearsall
  • Dametri Pratt
  • Tynika Rodriguez
  • Dayanna Salgado
  • Christian Ebony Sauls
  • Candace Smith
  • Traci Leonard Twitty
  • Linda Williams

 

Spartan Men of Distinction – Advisors:  Jeremy Faison/Kenneth Boney

  • Brian Allen
  • Antonio Forsythe
  • Nathaniel James
  • Edwardo Matul-Puac
  • Elijah McKoy
  • Tyrone Newkirk
  • Jose Orellana
  • Jhonathan Perea-Rivera
  • Langston Pollock
  • Ty’son Robinson

 

2020 Academic Excellence Award – Presented by June Davis On Behalf of James Sprunt Community College

  • Leah Whaley

 

TriO Student Support Services – Director:  Dr. Roszena Devione-Bivens

  • Elvis M. Williams, Sr.

 

Spartan Skills Awards – QEP Marketing Team

  • Staci Burnett
  • Kamille Brown
  • Margaret Carney-Pitts
  • Melany Cruz Benetiz
  • Jenna Deering
  • Joshua Eing
  • Esmeralda Lopez-Perez
  • Kayla Martinez
  • Christina McNeil
  • Ashley Miller
  • Iasia Murphy
  • Kristy Orozco
  • Rosa Ortiz-Perez
  • John Smith
  • Jamison Torrans
  • Elvis Williams

 

Student Government Association – Advisor:  Tonda Clowney

2019-2020 Mr. & Ms. JSCC

  • Mr. JSCC – Edwardo Matul-Puac
  • Ms. JSCC – Aliah Chasten
  • Ms. JSCC First Runner-Up – Kimberly Fountain

 

Spartan Mascot

  • Jayvon Haines

 

SGA Participants

  • Brian Allen
  • Zeneda Banks
  • Martha Butler
  • Aliah Chasten
  • Stacy Eddy
  • India Faison
  • Sharon Faison
  • Kimberly Fountain
  • LaQuinta Franklin
  • Jayvon Haines
  • Ebony Hardy
  • Natasha Hill
  • Princess Hodges
  • Nathaniel James
  • Marlon Jones
  • Nancy Leak
  • Esmeralda Lopez-Perez
  • Edwardo Matul-Puac
  • Taylor Morawski
  • Iasia Murphy
  • Tyrone Newkirk
  • Alejandro Ortiz
  • Lisaira Ortiz
  • Tajia Pearsall
  • Senayda Perez
  • Dametri Pratt
  • Tyson Robinson
  • Armando Rosas
  • Christy Smith
  • Lori Smith
  • Matthew Smith
  • Darrell Tucker
  • Toni Twitty
  • Traci Twitty
  • June Well
  • Elvis Williams
  • Linda Williams

 

Phi Theta Kappa – Advisors:  Amber Ferrell/Sholanda Moore/Mariah Lentz/Alex Bogdanoff

  • Margaret Carney-Pitts
  • Eric Murphy
  • Rosa Ortiz-Perez
  • Langston Pollock
  • Candace Smith

 

JSCC’s Spartan’s Table (In Partnership with DCOM of Wallace)

Advisors:  Amber Martinez/Lydia Woodard/Ed Hudson

  • Martha Butler
  • Charles Craft
  • Morgan Davenport
  • Kimberly Fountain
  • Haley Grady
  • Clinton Henderson
  • Madison Humphry
  • Anna Jenkins
  • Michaela Jones
  • Tyrone Newkirk
  • Jose Orellana
  • Langston Pollock
  • Mia Ryans
  • Toni Twitty
  • Mack Whitehurst

 

2020 Spartan Writing Contest Winners– Coordinators:  William Miller/Colleen Kehoe-Robinson

Fiction

  • 1st Place – Jon and Kelly Story – Kimberly Fountain
  • 1st Place – Psychometric Diary – Isabella Bernardez
  • 2nd Place – The Oxford Comma – Gracie Chestnutt
  • 3rd Place – Light Always Wins – Ayana Wilson

 

Poetry

  • 1st Place – Late Afternoon 23 – Haley Duncan
  • 2nd Place – Her 21 – Stephanie (Michael) Ramirez
  • 3rd Place – The Hidden Vulnerability 19 – Abigail Alphin

 

Ambassador Program – Advisor:  Donna Springfield

  • Hannah Millard
  • Iasia Murphy
  • Kristy Orosco
  • Armando Rosas

 

TUTOR RECOGNITION – JSCC and Student Support Services Tutors – Coordinator:  Pamela Morgan

Summer 2019, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 semesters – Peer and Professional

  • Shamika  Andrews
  • Neida  Berduo-Morales
  • John Caron
  • Wesley Castillo
  • Shavona Cooper
  • Melvin L. Felton Jr.
  • Derek Garvin
  • Michael Hall
  • Aliyah Horne
  • Adrian Johnson
  • Nfassory Kake
  • Jimmy Merritt
  • Aleayah Miller
  • Iasia Murphy
  • Jhonathan Perea-Rivera
  • Keyante’ Poole
  • Mary Laine Rouse
  • Brian A. Salzler
  • John R. Smith
  • Connor Sutton
  • Jessica Wood

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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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ON THE FRONT LINES WITH JAMES SPRUNT STUDENT VALERIA RODRIGUEZ

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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – The COVID-19 pandemic has put childcare workers in North Carolina on the front lines of this fight against an invisible enemy, a place where many of them never thought they would be. Instead of focusing on creative activities and ways to make the children’s time more fun and enjoyable, they are now having to focus on sanitation and social distancing, and the possibility of becoming a carrier of the disease.

“I don’t want to bring it home with me,” said Valeria Rodriguez, a student at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, who is double majoring in Early Childhood Education and School Age Education. “It’s a little hard, I have a big family and my Grandma lives with us… it is stressful because you don’t know what will happen when it comes to the coronavirus.”

Valeria works at Sandcastles Child Care, which is located in Duplin County. She says that initially when she started at James Sprunt, she thought she wanted to become a Second Grade Teacher, but after getting this job, she says, “I fell in love working with the toddlers, watching them develop through stages. I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

With the coronavirus, Valeria says that a lot of things have changed in her job. One thing that has changed are the children.

“We are only caring for children of essential workers. There are a lot less kids than there used to be. A lot of people are taking time off to self-quarantine and are scared to come in.”

The children of essential workers include those of police officers, nurses, clerks and other workers from within Duplin County.

“Many of these children are new, and we just started caring for them during the pandemic.”

Another thing that has changed is protocol.

“As soon as the children arrive, we wash their hands and their faces now. We wear a mask and gloves for everything. We do not come into direct contact the parents. We try to maintain a social distancing of 6 feet,” Valeria said. “We are not allowed to be hugging and holding the children, unless they get hurt, which is really hard, because the toddlers, 1 and 2 year olds, really want that love and attention.”

Even though she is on the front lines, Valeria says she doesn’t consider herself to be a hero.

“I’m just doing my job, doing what’s best for my family, trying to help my family, and I’m thankful I’m still able to work.”

But she acknowledges that, “Right now, I know I am putting myself at risk when I leave the house and when I’m working.”

Valeria was supposed to graduate from James Sprunt this May, but because of COVID-19, JSCC commencement exercises have been postponed until August.

It’s another part of her life that has been turned upside down by this terrible disease.

“I hate it because we have worked really hard to graduate,” says Valeria.  “Now we have to wait even longer to get to the final stepping stone of graduation.”

After graduation Valeria plans on continuing her education through East Carolina University or the University of NC at Wilmington, while continuing to work in child care.

“Working with children makes me really happy, and I feel that it could make anyone happy if they just would give it a try,” she says.  “There’s nothing like working with a child and teaching them how to walk, eat, and talk. I literally fell in love with it.”

– by Cheryl Hemric


Interested in working with children? To learn more about the Early Childhood Education or School Age programs at James Sprunt Community College, please contact Ashley Graham at adgraham@jamessprunt.edu or Kris’T Sloan at ksloan@jamessprunt.edu.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKER CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE AT JAMES SPRUNT THIS SUMMER, COMPLETELY ONLINE

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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  With many childcare workers being on the front lines caring for children of essential workers, James Sprunt Community College has a certificate program that will allow more individuals to enter this line of work during this time of uncertainty.

This summer, students can earn the Early Childhood Worker certificate completely online.

The following courses for this certificate will be 8 weeks:

EDU 119-51 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDU 144-51 Child Development 1
EDU 145-51 Child Development 2
EDU 151-51 Creative Activities)
EDU 151A-51 Creative Activities Lab

“This is a great credential for anyone seeking to gain employment in daycares or after-school programs,” said Dr. Jay Carraway, President of James Sprunt Community College. “It is also a stepping stone to completing an associate degree in Early Childhood Education or School Age Education at James Sprunt.”

Students can register now and are asked to contact Ashley Graham at adgraham@jamessprunt.edu or Kris’T Sloan at ksloan@jamessprunt.edu to do so. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

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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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Nothing Can Change the James Sprunt Spartan Spirit

Dr Jay CarrawayColumn by Dr. Jay Carraway, as published in the April 30, 2020 edition of The Duplin Times.

COVID-19 has changed many things, but it cannot change the James Sprunt Spartan Spirit. Our resolve is stronger than ever and we are determined that we will continue towards the goals set to by the College to serve our community, which is providing quality education to every student which ultimately leads to employment and more individuals sustaining a living wage.

Summer 2020 registration kicked off this month! Even with the barriers set in place by the Coronavirus, we are pressing forward and being innovative in ways to connect and engage our students. Our registration has moved to a virtual format, and is taking place through emails, phone calls, text messages, Zoom meetings, and other creative ways that connect our faculty, staff and students.

If you live in Duplin County, we hope that you have received your Summer 2020 schedule in the mail by now. If not, please visit our website to download a copy.

We are pleased to report that registration for summer courses has been phenomenal, as we gear up for a very successful summer semester.

Summer credit classes at James Sprunt will begin May 19, and we encourage everyone interested in registering to do so as soon as possible to ensure they get their best class schedule for Summer 2020.  We have a variety of short-term workforce development courses available this summer.

We have many great classes beginning in our summer session.

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Our BIO 275 – Microbiology class will be using the COVID-19 virus as its case study and will be taught online, with virtual labs and interactive discussions via technology. The class promises to be interesting with much of the discussion and labs being centered on immunology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology. Coronaviruses have been prevalent for decades, even in the United States, however, new strains like COVID-19 can develop and infect humans. This class will explore these possibilities and show how a single occurrence of an infectious disease can quickly become a pandemic. For more information on this class, individuals can email the instructor, Dr. Bogdanoff, at abogdanoff@jamessprunt.edu. To register for this class, you are asked to visit our website, jamessprunt.edu and follow the steps to registration.

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Another great opportunity is that this summer, students can earn the Early Childhood Worker certificate completely online!

The following courses for this certificate will be 8 weeks:
EDU 119-51 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education)
EDU 144-51 (Child Development 1)
EDU 145-51 (Child Development 2)
EDU 151-51 (Creative Activities)
EDU 151A-51 (Creative Activities Lab)

This is a great credential for anyone seeking to gain employment in daycares or after-school programs. It is also a stepping stone to completing an associate degree in Early Childhood Education or School Age Education at James Sprunt. For more information about this program, students are asked to contact Ashley Graham at adgraham@jamessprunt.edu or Kris’T Sloan at ksloan@jamessprunt.edu.

This summer, students can also earn a credential to become a substitute teacher. The Effective Teacher Training class will be offered completely online and will allow students to earn two credit hours towards an associate degree. This class will begin May 19 and upon completion, will allow students to meet the requirements for becoming a substitute teacher in the State of North Carolina. Our workforce development division also offers this course throughout the year so if you cannot take this class this summer, you’ll have other opportunities to achieve this credential for professional development. For more information on this program, students are asked to contact Ashley Graham at adgraham@jamessprunt.edu or Kris’T Sloan at ksloan@jamessprunt.edu.

Workforce Development and Workforce Readiness continue to serve students online and they have an array of offerings for the summer that will help individuals gain credentials in healthcare, truck driving, fire and public safety, emergency medicine, and more. Please contact Gloria Wiggins at gwiggins@jamessprunt.edu or Anthony Thomas at athomas@jamessprunt.edu for more information about short-term training opportunities.

I miss having our students and faculty on campus, and I look forward to a reunion, with proper social distancing, in the near future. Until then, stay safe. Together we will cross the bridge to better times.

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

JAMES SPRUNT FACULTY AND STAFF  “ADOPT A SENIOR” FROM CLASS OF 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             APRIL 28, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College will be showing its support of graduating high school seniors from the Class of 2020 this year in a new way. This year faculty and staff will be “adopting a Senior,” that plans to attend James Sprunt in the summer or fall.

With schools being abruptly closed for safety reasons over COVID-19 concerns, graduating students have had their last year of high school stolen from them.

“Those moments and milestones are not easily replicated,” said Renee Sutton, Chief of Staff at James Sprunt Community College. “We wanted to have a way to offer these graduating students words of encouragement and to connect with them as they make the transition from high school to college. We want to show these seniors that we support them and that we are here for them, to make them feel special.”

The college has created a special group through Facebook called “Graduating High School Seniors: Class of 2022” that will help the college connect with these students. Graduating high school seniors that plan to attend James Sprunt are encouraged to join the group to connect with other seniors and also have an opportunity to be “adopted” by a James Sprunt faculty or staff member.

Parents of Seniors can also join the page if they would like to share photos of their Seniors and tell a little bit about their accomplishments, as well as to stay-up-to-date on information regarding classes, scholarships, and other opportunities available to the Class of 2022.

“This is a hard time for everyone,” said Dr. Jay Carraway, President of James Sprunt. “This is a way that we can all give back. Just one small gesture from one to another can have a profound impact and that’s really why we are here – to make a difference and to help each other.”

The Facebook group page can be found by going to the @JamesSpruntCC page and clicking on “Groups” to find our official page – the group will also be shared through our posts.

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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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