Dr. Jimmy (Jay) Carraway Approved by State Board as Next President of James Sprunt Community College

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         MARCH 15, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – At the special called meeting of the James Sprunt Community College Trustees in February, the Board unanimously selected Dr. Jay Carraway to serve as the President of James Sprunt Community College, pending final approval by the State Board of Community Colleges at the March 15th meeting.

We are pleased to announce that today, Dr. Carraway has been officially approved by the State Board of Community Colleges.

Dr. Carraway currently serves as the Vice President of Continuing Education at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC. He earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University, which is also where he obtained a masters of arts in educational administration and his bachelor of science in health and human performance.

In addition to serving as the vice president of continuing education at Lenoir Community College, he has also served as the dean of that division, the associate dean of satellite campuses, the associate dean of campuses at the Greene County campus, and director of the Greene County Center for LCC.

Dr. Caraway comes to James Sprunt with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in community college. Some of his accomplishments include:

  • Co-authoring a Golden LEAF grant ($580,000) to fund the Jones County Technical Trade Center.
  • Implementation of two successful curriculum programs in Jones County: Gunsmithing and Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Supervising the largest EMS program in the NCCCS and the largest online paramedic program in the  nation enrolling students from 21 states.
  • Implementing two Back-to-Work applications which provided scholarships and supplies for students
  • Established the Lenoir Community College Tennis Classic to generate scholarship funds for students in Greene County
  • Established the “Beauty is a Beast” beauty pageant in Jones County to generate scholarship funds for students.
  • Led the planning, program development, and equipping of the La Grange Center, the Greene County Center, the expansion of the Greene County Center, the Workforce Development Center in Snow Hill, and the three construction phases of the Jones County Center.

This is an exciting time in the history of the James Sprunt Community College. The College, as well as the Board of Trustees, look forward to welcoming Dr. Carraway to campus and providing the leadership that will move the college forward and into the future.

Dr. Carraway will begin his presidency at James Sprunt on April 29, 2019.

Board Chair Anita Powers states, “We are looking forward to Dr. Carraway assuming the role of President of James Sprunt Community College. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge of the community college system and a proven track record in the area of Continuing Education. We believe, under his leadership, JSCC, will continue and exceed expectations to meet the educational needs of students, businesses and industry in Duplin County and surrounding counties.”

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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 Host One of the Largest Job Fairs in Eastern North Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              MARCH 13, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College will host its annual job fair on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in partnership with the NCWorks Career Center of Duplin County.

The event will be held across the street from the campus in Kenansville at the Duplin County Events Center in the main arena. The event will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature employers from the Triangle to the Crystal Coast. Employers from Raleigh, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Greenville and all across Eastern North Carolina will be in attendance.

The job fair is open to students, alumni, veterans, dislocated workers, and the general public.

A mobile NCWorks Career Center will be available for attendees to print resumes, fill out applications online and more. The bus will be parked outside the extension building and those services are available free of charge.

This will be the fourth year that James Sprunt Community College has hosted the job fair. It is the largest gathering of employers in Duplin County for job seekers.

Employers seeking to fill positions can still register to attend the job fair by contacting Amber Ferrell at (910) 275-6367 or aferrell@jamessprunt.edu. Employers may also fill out a registration form at tinyurl.com/JSCCJobFair.

Below is a list of employers that have registered for the event:

A Caring Heart Case Mananagment, Inc.
Acme Smoked Fish
AFLAC
AmeriLife of Wilmington, LLC
Aptive Environmental
Bay Valley
Bay Valley Foods
Butterball LLC. – IMTWS
Butterball, LLC
Case Farms
City of Kinston
Deon Williams Insurance Group, Inc.
Dubose National Energy Services
Duplin County DSS
Duplin County Local Government
Durham County Sheriff’s Office
Enviva
Goshen Medical Center
Greene lamp
Harmony Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
Holden Temporaries
House of Raeford Farms, Inc.
IntelliChoice Home Care
James Sprunt Community College
kenansville Health & Rehab
Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc.
Murphy Family Ventures
NC Department of Public Safety
NC Division of Services for the Blind
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
NC State University Police Department
New Dimension Group – Pathways Employment Services
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Pender County Schools
PHC
Quality Equipment, LLC
ResourceMFG
Sampson Regional Medical Center
SCSEP
Smithfield Hog Prduction
Temporary Connections, Inc.
Temporary Connections, Inc.
The Coastal Group
The Mega Force Staffing, Group Inc
The Pork Company
Uchiyama Manufacturing America LLC
Vidant Duplin Hospital
WAGES
Well Care Health
Xeon Home Healthcare Services

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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 Inducts 19 Into Phi Theta Kappa During Spring Ceremony

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 March 12, 2019 

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – On Monday, March 11, 2019, James Sprunt Community College inducted nineteen students into Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two year colleges.

The following students were inducted:

Zachary Aldridge
Jerami Amra
Tawanda Boney
Margaret Carney-Pitts
Jacob Defreitas
Brittany Espino Sosa
Kimberly Fountain
Clint Henderson
Teresa Kornegay
Hannah Lee
Javier Marquez
Alyssa McCoy
Jamie Miller
Samantha Monroe
Marlena Price
Sabrina Royal
Ayleen Trejo
Tantiana Vermalen
Alexandria Zubrowicz

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Advisors for PTK include Cynthia Delafuente, Sholanda Moore, and Amber Ferrell. Officers for PTK include Angela Blake, president; Christina Barton, vice president of fellowship; Grecia Flores Aleman, secretary; Nicole Rhodes, public relations officer; Aida Rojas-Gonzalez, vice president of leadership; and April Taylor, vice president of scholarship.

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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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Great things are happening at James Sprunt Community College!

Dr. Boham portraitAs published in the February 28, 2019 edition of the Duplin Times.

The Board of Trustees are well on their way in their quest to find a new president for the college. The Board hosted community forums this month in which the final candidates were able to speak to faculty, staff, students, and community members. The forums drew large crowds and individuals were asked to submit feedback to the Board, as they work hard to make a final decision.

The four candidates are Dr. Robert (Bob) Lowdermilk, vice president of student development at Rockingham Community College; Dr. Deborah Grimes, senior vice president of instruction and student services at Lenior Community College; Dr. Jimmy (Jay) Carraway, vice president of continuing education at Lenior Community College; and Dr. Shannon Kennedy, executive vice president at Cleveland Community College.

As Anita Powers, the Chair of the Board of Trustees has stated, all four candidates have a proven track record of leadership, and any one of them can carry forward the mission of James Sprunt by serving students, providing a quality education, and assisting with economic development for Duplin County.

We ask for your support of the Board of Trustees as they work to make their final decision, and then we ask that you continue to show your support for James Sprunt Community College and its next chosen leader.

We thank all those who have attended the community forums, given input and feedback, in the search for the next President. We also thank the Board of Trustees for working tirelessly to find the right person for the job.

As the next leader is being chosen, James Sprunt will “roll on” as the band Alabama would say. “Roll On Eighteen Wheeler” is what we will be saying out at the WestPark Campus in Warsaw, as we hope to be starting our CDL training program soon, with the help and assistance of another community college, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. We know how important this training program is to Agribusinesses in Duplin County and the surrounding community, and we are working hard to get this program rolled out as soon as possible. If you are interested in this program, please stay tuned! More information will be forth coming in the next few weeks.

Looking farther out, on March 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., James Sprunt Community College, along with NC Works Career Center of Duplin County, will be hosting our annual job fair. With so much success in the past, this event will be held in the main arena of the Duplin Events Center this year. We are so excited to hold this event in this space, as it will allow for more employers to attend. If you have not already done so, please get your resumes ready and be sure to dress to impress so that you can land the job of your dreams. If you are an employer and you are looking to hire in the coming weeks and months, please go ahead and reserve a table. We would love to have you be a part of helping those in Eastern North Carolina get back to work or move up the corporate ladder. The job fair will be open to the general public and all are invited to attend.

Shortly after graduation this year, we will be hosting our second 5K race. The James Sprunt Mustache 5K Dash and Fun Run will be held on May 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The event promises to be an evening of good family fun, and we hope that you will go ahead and mark this date on the calendar, and join us as we come together to raise money for student scholarships.

Speaking of scholarships, if you are planning to attend James Sprunt Community College in the Fall, or if your child is planning to attend, please be sure to go ahead and fill out our applications for scholarships available through the James Sprunt Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 15, and that day will be here before you know it. We love to give out scholarships to deserving students – but if you do not apply – you will miss the chance to receive. Applications are available on our website. Also, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to fill out your FAFSA (student aid application) to see if you qualify for financial aid at James Sprunt. Pell grants are available for the summer semester, as well as fall and spring. You don’t know what you may qualify for until you try. If you need assistance, please give us a call or stop by, someone will be more than willing to help you.

If you do not qualify for financial aid, there are still other resources available that may help you through our Single Stop office. Please don’t let any barrier stop you from achieving your dream. We are here to help you and we will exhaust every possibility so that you can reach your goals.

And don’t forget – James Sprunt Community College offers free transportation in partnership with Duplin County Transportation. Save your gas money for more important things and ride the bus. There are bus stops located all around the county, making it easier and more convenient for you to get to class and earn your degree.

Also starting soon will be our Growing Your Agribusiness program offered through the Small Business Center. This program has been made possible through the Project Skill-Up grant from the North Carolina Community College System and the Tobacco Trust Fund. Growing Your Agribusiness will offer a track focused on livestock. Classes begin March 12 and will run through May. For more information on this, please see the advertisement below.

As I said earlier, great things are happening at James Sprunt Community College. Please come be a part of this amazing college that is ranked #1 in North Carolina and #2 in the United States, by smartasset.com.

We are your college and we wish to service this community by being your bridge to success!

Dr. Kenneth Boham / Interim President, James Sprunt Community College

Local Elementary Students Take Bio Network Tours at James Sprunt

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                 FEBRUARY 25, 2019 

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA  –  James Sprunt Community College will host four elementary schools for Bio Network tours this week. Schools that will be attending include B.F. Grady Elementary, Kenansville Elementary, Liberty Christian Academy, and Rose Hill Magnolia. The tours will take place on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27.

Activities for the children will include being greeted by the JSCC Spartan, making coffee creamer ice cream, DIY air cannons, slime making, creating self-inflating balloons, as well as a tour of campus. Students will be placed in groups and will rotate from one station to another, completing all activities of the bio network program.

Please see below for the specific schedules for each elementary school.

Tuesday, February 26 

9 am to 11 am – B. F. Grady Elementary School – First Grade

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Kenansville Elementary – Second Grade

 

Wednesday, February 27

9 am to 11 am – Liberty Christian Academy – Second Grade

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Rose Hill Magnolia – Kindergarten

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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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Brian Jones named Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 Distinguished Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  FEBRUARY 22, 2019

DSC08003KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to announce that Brian Jones, associate vice president of student services, has been named as one of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 Distinguished Administrators. Brian is one of 25 college administrators who will receive the award during PTK’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 4-April 6.

The Distinguished College Administrator Award is presented to college vice presidents, deans or directors serving at post-secondary institutions. Individuals are nominated and must have served at the institution for at least three years and demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for the Honors Society. Administrators may only receive this award once and are nominated by students and their respective chapter.

PTK chapters from across America submitted nominations, making this award a high honor of distinction.

“The students and advisor’s of James Sprunt Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa deserve praise for obtaining 5-star chapter recognition,” said Brian Jones. “They are continuing JSCC’s long history of highly recognized PTK success.  I am very honored that our students would nominate me and to be recognized as a recipient of this award.”

The Beta Epsilon Chi Chapter of PTK at James Sprunt achieved a five star level rating last year, the highest rating possible for PTK chapters. 

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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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Growing Your Agribusiness Program Starts March 12 at James Sprunt

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         FEBRUARY 22, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  Last March, James Sprunt Community College was awarded a $15,000 Project Skill-Up grant from the North Carolina Community College System and the Tobacco Trust Fund. James Sprunt Community College committed to using the money to fund “Growing Your Agribusiness,” a workforce development program that provides short-term training aligned with in-demand credentials that support local workforce needs.

The program will focus on livestock, and will include courses on:

  • The Business of Farming
  • Type A Animal Waste Operator Certification
  • Transport Quality Assurance
  • Beef Quality Assurance
  • Pork Quality Assurance
  • Animal Welfare Training
  • HACCP
  • Serv-Safe Certification
  • Livestock and Poultry Pesticide Applicator
  • Drone Pilot Training

Credential opportunities that individuals will be able to achieve through this training include:

  • Type A Animal Waste Operator Certification
  • Transport Quality Assurance
  • Beef Quality Assurance
  • Pork Quality Assurance
  • HACCP
  • Livestock and Poultry Pesticide Applicator
  • Serv-Safe Certification

In Duplin County, there are over 230,000 acres of farmland, with the average farm being almost 250 acres. Agribusinesses thrive in Duplin County, and because of this, there are many job opportunities available that many do not have the trained skill set for. This program hopes to change that and enable those who may be unemployed, the opportunity to obtain credentials that will make them the employable for jobs that are available in the county and the surrounding areas.

In addition to training those in the workforce, this program also enables farmers to learn how to make their farm more efficient and effective.

“If your goal is to make a profit on your farm, you’ve got to run it like a business,” said Lee Woodard, director of the small business center at James Sprunt.

The Growing Your Agribusiness program will start March 12. All seminars and workshops are offered free of charge through the Small Business Center at James Sprunt, and are open to anyone in the community that is interested in signing up for the program.

Those interested in registering for the program or who would like more information, can call the small business center at 910-275-6203 or send an email to sbc@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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