James Sprunt Barber School to Offer Free Haircuts for Back to School

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              AUGUST 14, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College’s Barber School will offer free haircuts to area students (K-12) for back to school. The free haircuts will be available during the barber school operation hours of 9am-3pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm, Monday thru Thursday, starting Monday, August 20 until Thursday, August 30.

Free haircuts will also be available to James Sprunt Community College students.

Those under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Haircuts will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Barber School is located in the Herring Building on the James Sprunt campus in Kenansville.

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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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US Representative David Rouzer to Visit James Sprunt Tuesday, August 14

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              AUGUST 7, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – United States Representative David Rouzer will visit James Sprunt Community College on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 8:45 to approximately 10:00 a.m. His visit will include speaking to incoming new students during orientation in Monk Auditorium, located in the Hoffler Building, as well as a campus tour of all facilities.

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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 Ranked 2nd Best Community College in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              AUGUST 2, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – We are very proud to announce that James Sprunt Community College has been ranked as the second-best community college in the United States by smartasset.com. The college was ranked as the best community college in North Carolina and along the East Coast.

“We feel very honored,” says Dr. Kenneth Boham, Interim President of James Sprunt Community College. “This is a college with a family atmosphere where student success is nurtured… Student success is the only reason we exist.”

The college was ranked #2 based on three metrics: graduation and transfer rate, cost, and student-to-faculty ratio.

“Being a small school there are a lot of advantages” says June Davis, Vice President of Instruction at James Sprunt. “The student to faculty ratio is low thanks to there being a lot of full-time faculty at the college, our staff pays close attention to detail when it comes to student records, which helps keeps our graduation and transfer rate high… we also strive to keep fees as low as possible.”

“Our Board of Trustees are very engaged,” added Dr. Boham. “They set the tone of the college.”

To see the rankings issued by smartasset.com, please click here: https://smartasset.com/checking-account/best-community-colleges-in-america-2018

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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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A Day in the Life of a Barber: Meet Eisha McCoy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              AUGUST 2, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Styling hair and dealing with new clients daily, keeps Eisha McCoy excited about what her future holds as a barber. “I have always been infatuated with hair,” said Eisha, a resident of Kenansville and graduate of James Kenan High. “I love making people feel better.”

Prior to coming to James Sprunt Community College, Eisha had worked with patients with mental disabilities. However, after being involved in a car accident that left her unable to work, her life went into a completely new and different direction. “The car accident changed my life.” It was a difficult time, Eisha says, but she has now been able move forward.

Enrolling in the Barber School at James Sprunt, Eisha says was one of the best decisions she has made. “Barber School has been a good learning experience.”

Since registering in the program in May 2017, it has helped to make Eisha feel more confident and prepared for the workforce. “They want to help you become better. They teach you everything in the book about barbering…. You get everything that you need.”

One of her favorite things about the barber program is the atmosphere, “The barber school is very family oriented,” Eisha said.

As for advice to other females interested in becoming a barber, Eisha says, “It is a good industry, where if you are serious about it, you can make good money…. male barbers will usually not give facials or beard massages, but we learn how to do those in class.” It’s the little things like that, she says, that will help to set barbers like her, apart from the competition, as she prepares to work locally in this area after completing her studies at James Sprunt. “I am planning on working in a barber shop after college,” she said.

A proud mother with children ranging in age from 19 to 29, Eisha encourages other mothers to not give up on their dreams of obtaining their education. For Eisha, drawing upon her faith has been her source of strength for overcoming the challenges of becoming a student again. “At first going back to school seemed kind of hard, but as I continued to pray, things got better,” said Eisha. “There are still some bumps in the road, but I believe if you have faith, all things are possible… if I fall, I just have to get back up.”

In addition to being enrolled at James Sprunt Community College, Eisha is also enrolled at Liberty University and takes classes online in psychology, which is something she attributes to her instructor and barber school coordinator, Patsy McCoy. “Ms. McCoy encourages you to continue, not just with barbering, but also with furthering your education and she has encouraged me to do that as well. She is a very good instructor.”

When she isn’t busy cutting hair or studying for exams, Eisha can be seen serving along-side with her husband, who is the Pastor of Christian Light Missionary Baptist in Autryville, located in Sampson County.

The Barber School Training Program is a continuing education program that lasts two years at James Sprunt, with new classes starting August 15. Classes are offered during the day as well as at night. If you are interested in learning more about the program at James Sprunt, please contact Patsy McCoy at (910) 275-6209 or pmccoy@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 and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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The Future of James Sprunt is Brighter Than Ever!

Dr. Rouse - 2017As published in the July 26, 2018 edition of The Duplin Times.

In November of 2004, I along with my wife Janie, traveled to Kenansville after accepting the position as president of James Sprunt Community College. We were looking for a place to rent as we were moving to Duplin County. We met with our future landlords at their home and the first thing they did was offer us dinner. That kind gesture was my first personal interaction with Duplinites. They offered us a meal, but more importantly, they offered us their hospitality and friendship.

Little did we know that this experience was one of many more to come throughout my tenure as president of the only higher education institution in Duplin County.

I could not have predicted what I would experience as CEO of a small community college where our motto is that we are your Bridge to Success. As I look back on thirteen and a half years as a leader, I could not predict all the successes that James Sprunt Community College would experience. However based on those successes, I feel that not only is JSCC the bridge to success, it is experiencing success as a community resource.

The future of James Sprunt Community College is full of possibilities and holds the greatest potential. At this moment in time, James Sprunt is at a turning point and great things are happening.

“…JSCC will continue to be a bright beacon in Duplin County, North Carolina, and the region.”

James Sprunt will continue to develop academic and continuing education programs, courses and services which serve the needs of the local and regional workforce. An example of what the future holds for JSCC is the renovating of existing buildings and  building new facilities to better serve our students.

With the new $2 million dollar grant that was recently awarded to the college by the US Department of Commerce, James Sprunt and Duplin County will continue to thrive for years to come. This grant will help to establish a medical presence like we have never seen before and will be the start of an amazing new beginning for our area. Students from all around will come to James Sprunt seeking training for medical and healthcare professions, making us an anchor for workforce development for hospitals, doctors offices and beyond. We cannot even really begin to imagine how this grant will help to restructure the economy and landscape of Duplin County. As they said in the movie Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come,” and I know that this will be true for this initiative for years to come.

In the future, JSCC will continue to expand the number of students who choose the College as their first education and training provider.

Our summer enrollment at James Sprunt was the best ever in the history of the college. With enrollment continuing to grow, the college will be eligible to receive more funding, which will in turn result in better facilities and more economic development potential for Duplin County. We encourage everyone in Duplin County to help us in our recruiting efforts – we need you to help spread the word about our college, so that we can grow and expand. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, so we hope that you as citizens of Duplin County will do all you can to promote all the good that we do here at James Sprunt. We exist to educate students and train the workforce of tomorrow. Our success is your success, because the greater the community college, the better resources that will be available for you, the county and the greater the economic development potential for our area.

James Sprunt will continue to collaborate with Duplin County Schools to help students begin choosing and preparing for careers and college through the expansion of Duplin Early College High School and Career Academies. Students will graduate high school with college credit as well, along with a well defined career plan, enabling them to get a jumpstart on the next chapter of their life whether that is starting in the workforce or furthering their education at the university level.

I believe that James Sprunt will become a cultural arts center to expose citizens to various artists and performer. James Sprunt was recently the host site for a Smithsonian Museum Exhibit. The College will continue to expand its cultural offering, making Kenansville the place to be on this side of I-95.

James Sprunt continues to seek new and innovative ways to reach students and help individuals in their quest for an education. With your continued support, James Sprunt can become even greater, serving more students, offering more community programs, and becoming a hub of activity for Duplin County.

As I depart James Sprunt Community College with fond memories of the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, members of the Foundation Board, and most of all our students, I am positive that JSCC will continue to be a bright beacon in Duplin County, North Carolina, and the region.

-Dr. Lawrence Rouse

 

Seminar to Focus on How Agriculture Goes High Tech with use of Drone Technology

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           JULY 24, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With expanding use of technology, farmers are now able to get a better handle on their crops and keep an eye out on livestock with the use of drone photography. James Sprunt Community College’s Small Business Center will be offering a free seminar on Drones for Agribusiness to teach farmers the ins and outs of using unmanned aircrafts to maximize profits and efficiency.

The seminar will include different scenarios in which farmers can utilize drones for surveying crops, looking over property after storms to check for damages, review data for where problems may be occurring with irrigation, and pinpoint other issues that may be occurring through the use of infrared video.

As regulations for drones continue to get tighter, especially for commercial purposes, the seminar will touch on the specific rules of engagement as outlined by the FAA for legal and successful drone use. Individuals will learn how to register drone equipment with the FAA, how to become FAA Certified to fly an unmanned aircraft system, and how to follow a flight plan.

The seminar will be held August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. There is no cost to attend the seminar, however participants must register in advance at this link: www.tinyurl.com/drone-small-biz.

The class will be held in the Boyette Building, Room 113, on the James Sprunt Campus in Kenansville.

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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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A Day in the Life of a Nurse: Meet Christopher Mitchell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                JULY 24, 2018

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With a growing shortage of qualified medical professionals, Christopher Mitchell understands first-hand the need that exists for nurses. His mother, who suffers from stage 4 kidney failure, receives dialysis treatments daily with help from Christopher, as well as the rest of his family.

His mother, he says, was part of his inspiration for wanting to become a nurse, “I was motivatived to learn more about nursing so I could take care of her… she will eventually need a transplant, but for now dialysis is working.”

The other motivation came from years of watching his parents take care of mentally disabled and handicapped individuals at their family owned business, Pine Acres, an assisted living facility for long-term care located in Clinton, NC, where Christopher works as a nursing assistant.

“Watching my parents take care of the elderly and the handicapped helped me to realize that this is what I wanted to do, and with my mother getting sick, I really wanted to learn more about ways that I could help her,” said Christopher, who is a graduate of Union High School in Sampson County.

It was that desire that led him to enroll at James Sprunt Community College in the Practical Nursing Program.

“I love to care for others,” said Christopher. “Nursing enhances the quality of life of people on another level…. I really just want to make a difference.”

As far as working in a mostly female dominated occupation, Christopher says “I don’t mind it… you have to overlook other’s opinions as it doesn’t really affect you. In the clinical setting, there are a lot of male nurses.”

Christopher plans on completing his diploma in practical nursing at James Sprunt and then hopes to continue into the associate degree nursing program on campus. Ultimately, he wants to become a nurse practitioner and has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree, as well as a master’s degree.

“I love the atmosphere of hospitals and emergency rooms,” said Christopher, “I would love to work in a hospital, maybe even become a travelling nurse so that I can see the world, or maybe work in the med-surge unit and help children or the elderly.”

If you are interested in learning more about the nursing programs offered at James Sprunt Community College, please contact the department chair of Health Education, Tara Rich at (910) 275-6272.

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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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