James Sprunt Student Ambassadors for 2019-2020 Named

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to announce the new student ambassadors that will serve the college during the 2019-2020 school year.

The new ambassadors are:

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Armando Rosas
Major: Associates in Science – Early College /  Information Technology

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Kristy Orozco
Major: Office Administration

 

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Iasia Murphy
Major:  Early Childhood Education/School-Age Education/Associate in General Education

Iasia also currently serves as Secretary for the Student Government Association.

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Hannah Millard
Major: Associate in Science/Associate in Arts

These students will each receive a $250.00 scholarship each semester from the JSCC Foundation.

The program is not just a scholarship, but also a leadership opportunity for those involved. Student ambassadors will become the face of the college, greeting visitors at events, assisting with tours of the campus, and helping faculty and staff with various tasks.

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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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Upcoming Board Meetings at James Sprunt Community College

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  Please see below for the schedule of upcoming board of trustee meetings at James Sprunt Community College. These are regularly schedule meetings and will be held in the McGowan Board Room at the main campus in Kenansville. These meetings are open to all media, members of the general public, faculty, staff, and students.

October 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

January 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m

March 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m

May 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m

Questions about the above meetings can be directed to Stephanie Stuart, Executive Administrative Assistant to the President, at (910) 275-6111, sstuart@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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James Sprunt to Begin Student Ambassador Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to announce that it will begin a new student ambassador program for the 2019-2020 school year. Tomorrow, September 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., the college will induct 4 students to become student ambassadors in this new initiative. These students will each receive a $250.00 scholarship each semester from the JSCC Foundation.

The program is not just a scholarship, but also a leadership opportunity for those involved. Student ambassadors will become the face of the college, greeting visitors at events, assisting with tours of the campus, and helping faculty and staff with various tasks.

The induction will occur in the Boardroom which is located in the McGowan Building. During the induction, students will receive leadership training, which will include information about the college, the college history, and expectations of being a student ambassador.

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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 to Celebrate Recovery during September Resource Fair

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to partner with Eastpoint Behavioral Health as well as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina this month to celebrate recovery – recovery from addictions, substance abuse, physical abuse, and recovery from loss – during the Community Resource Fair on September 23 from 11am – 1pm.

The Community Resource Fair will feature programs available to students from the following agencies and services: Eastpointe Behavioral Health, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries, the Division of Public Health – Oral Health Division, Mobile Crisis, and Fellowship Hall.

Several departments from James Sprunt will also be reaching out to students to inform them of services available internally that can help them outside of the classroom through the James Sprunt Single Stop Office, The Spartan’s Table (a monthly food distribution program), VITA (volunteer tax services), WIOA, and TRiO Student Support Services.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will be distributing 10-12 pallets of food during the Resource Fair to students, faculty, and staff with a valid JSCC ID. This major food distribution is done at least once each semester to ensure students have food to eat while they are studying hard to attain their degree. Smaller food distributions are held each month through The Spartan’s Table with food donated by faculty, staff, and area businesses.

The poverty rate in Duplin County is slightly below 30%, with approximately 16% of residents experiencing food insecurities. This number has grown due the tremendous loss experienced during Hurricane Florence. Many students, faculty, and staff at James Sprunt are still displaced.

Free cupcakes will be given out during the event, provided by Eastpointe Behavioral Health. Students will also be able to receive a free blood pressure check and talk with counselors if needed.

The event will be held in the Boyette Building on the JSCC main 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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James Sprunt to Close Due to Hurricane Dorian

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

Due to the threat of Hurricane Dorian, James Sprunt Community College will close at 5pm, today, Wednesday, September 4, with plans to reopen on regular schedule Monday, September 9. Please stay safe!

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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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Urgent Need for Blood; Blood Drive Being Held Today at James Sprunt Community College

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 KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Hurricane Dorian has forced the cancellation of nearly two dozen Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina resulting in more than 550 uncollected blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross urges eligible individuals in Duplin County and the surrounding areas to please give blood or platelets to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. With the threat of the storm increasing over Eastern North Carolina, the need for blood is becoming more urgent.

The Red Cross asks donors to please consider coming out to donate today, September 4, 2019, at James Sprunt Community College. The blood drive is being held in the Boyette Building from 9am-2pm. Appointments are available at redcrossblood.org and walk-ins are also welcome.

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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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Fall Semester is Underway, James Sprunt is Growing

Dr Jay CarrawayAs published in the August 29th edition of The Duplin Times

The fall semester at James Sprunt Community College is off to a great start! Our campus is buzzing with activity and thriving once again with new and returning students breathing new life into our college.

We are excited to announce that our enrollment is up by 107 students, at 1297 students, which is a 9% increase over last fall. Hopefully we will be able to increase our student body even more through our “late start” classes which will begin in September. If you know someone that was not able to start this month, please help us spread the word that they will have a second chance to enroll and complete classes this semester without any delay.

We are thankful that so many more area residents are making James Sprunt Community College their choice for higher education. In a time when there are so many choices to choose from, we are pleased that so many are recognizing the value given by James Sprunt and the quality of our education.

In 2018, James Sprunt was ranked #1 in North Carolina and #2 in the United States based on three metrics graduation and transfer rate, cost, and student-to-faculty ratio.

Our College and Career Promise classes continue to grow in popularity among our high school students. These classes are a “win-win” for everyone. Students can earn college credit while attending high school. Those credits can transfer directly to an associate degree at James Sprunt or the student can transfer to a 4-year university. We have had many success stories where students are able to transfer as a sophomore into college right out of high school. This saves money for students and their families which can go to other things that are needed. College and Career Promise classes are also a key to being eligible for the Presidential Scholarship, in which graduating high school seniors can earn a scholarship to James Sprunt. The Presidential Scholars program allows students the opportunity to graduate with an associate degree, debt-free. Students are then able to focus their attention to their school work and not deal with worrying about how they are going to pay for classes, because it will already be paid for. The Presidential Scholars program is open to any high school student attending North Duplin, East Duplin, James Kenan, Wallace-Rose Hill, Harrells Christian Academy, Liberty Christian Academy, and any student who may be homeschooled in Duplin County.

We have also seen an increase in traditional students, students who are just out of high school. These students have chosen a solid path to success, one that has been proven since 1964 in Duplin County.

Our graduates become employed, they transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, and they do great things with their lives becoming productive citizens that give back to the communities they live in.

Our continuing education and workforce development division is also proving to be a solid entry way at James Sprunt. Our allied health students complete their training in just a few months, and they go on to work in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices. Many also apply for entrance into our practical nursing and associate degree nursing program, furthering their education and enhancing their opportunities. Some students take this training to satisify admissions requirements into nursing schools at 4-year universities. Our CDL program just graduated 9 students, who were the first class of graduates from that program. Most of those graduates already had job opportunities and were employed when they received their certificate of completion. An evening / weekend class, as well as a daytime class is scheduled to begin on September 16. Please call (910) 275-6191 to register for the CDL / Truck Driving classes.

Our other short-term training programs, Basic Automotive and HVAC, are currently in session and promises to be a stepping stone for students looking to better themselves and get a higher-paying job.

The Barber School at James Sprunt has also seen an increase in enrollment, especially with female students, with the program having the highest number of female students ever. With the daytime classes being at full capacity, and the night time class with only a few seats left, the Barber School has proven to be a valuable resource for training in our community.

And there’s so many more great things that could be said about our college and our students. I will mention just a few of them.

Soon we will have even more classroom space to accommodate students through the new Health Facility, which is slated to begin construction this January.

At our WestPark campus in Warsaw, our CDL Truck Driving Pad is on the way, and that will be an asset to our truck driving program as well as our criminal justice and law enforcement programs.

We will be adding more workforce development and training programs, giving students more options and opportunities to become more marketable and earn a living wage.

On October 3, 2019, we will have our 34th Annual JSCC Foundation Golf Tournament. This golf tournament is one of our biggest fundraising events that helps to provide scholarships to our students. We hope that everyone in the community will want to take part in the golf tournament and help us make it one of the best golf tournaments that James Sprunt has ever had. If you would like more information on the tournament and how you can assist, please call (910) 275-6166.

I thank you all for your support of James Sprunt Community College.

We are thankful for our students, our faculty, our staff and our community. Our mission is to help our students achieve their dreams, so that our students can have hope for a better tomorrow.

Dr. Jay Carraway
President, James Sprunt Community College