As 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