What a busy year it has been at James Sprunt! Here are some of the stories that made headlines at our college in 2018.
#1 – James Sprunt Ranked #1 in NC, #2 in the USA
The college was ranked #1 in North Carolina and along the East Coast, and #2 in the USA by smartasset.com. Details here.
#2 – Hurricane Florence Hits
Hurricane Florence caused massive damage to Eastern North Carolina. Duplin County was one of the worst areas hit. Our students, faculty, and staff were severely impacted, with some losing everything they had due to catastrophic flooding that occurred along the Northeast Cape Fear River. The college received minimal damage and was closed for over 2 weeks in September, reopening October 1st.
Despite the losses that have occurred, many of our students showed they were resilient and did not allow the hurricane to deter them from pursuing their education. Read some of their stories below:
The college has held many food distributions since the storm hit, which has provided some much needed disaster relief. Video from distribution and resource fair.
Thankfully, we were also able to distribute disaster relief checks to those students hit hardest, thanks to legislation passed by the General Assembly.
#3- Rouse Leaves for Pitt CC, Boham Named Interim President
James Sprunt said goodbye to its President Dr. Lawrence Rouse in 2018. Dr. Rouse was named President of Pitt Community College in August. Details here.
The Board of Trustees named Dr. Kenneth Boham as Interim President, who came to the college with over 40 years of experience in the North Carolina Community College System. Details here.
The search for a new president has begun, and the search committee is currently reviewing over 50 applications, with hopes of naming a new leader of the college by Spring 2019.
#4 – James Sprunt Gets Re-affirmed
The college hosted the re-affirmation team from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) in October. The mission of the SACS COC is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.
The college will be re-affirmed in June 2019 to award associate degrees. The faculty and staff prepared well in advance and the efforts by the college were evident to the reaffirmation team during the onsite visit.
The Committee left the college instructive comments on our great quality enhancement plan and just one recommendation for improvement in the area of General Education Outcomes.
For more on the quality enhancement plan, click here.
#5 – Congressman Rouzer Visits Campus
New students at James Sprunt were greeted by United States Congressman David Rouzer during orientation. Rouzer spoke on the importance of voting and getting involved in your community. Rouzer also toured the campus and took a few moments to speak to faculty and staff who were getting ready to register students for the fall semester.
#6 – James Sprunt Receives $2 million Grant from Trump Administration
U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, announced that the Department of Economic Development Administration awarded a $2 million dollar grant to James Sprunt Community College for a healthcare workforce training facility, which will house the associate degree nursing and licensed practical nursing programs on campus. Details here.
#7 – James Sprunt Receives $15,000 Project Skill-Up Grant
James Sprunt Community College received a $15,000 grant from the North Carolina Community College System Office and the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help build local agribusinesses. The program will be run through the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College.
#8 – Valentine Fundraiser Held by SGA for Rose Hill UMC
The student government association at James Sprunt held a fundraiser on Valentine’s Day to raise money for Rose Hill United Methodist Church after it burned down on January 1, 2018. Students raised $364 by selling cards, raffle tickets and sketches and presented the check to the Pastor of Rose Hill later on in the semester.
#9 – First Ever 5K held at James Sprunt Community College
James Sprunt held its first 5K in April. The Pajama Rama 5K raised money for scholarships and had over 75 individuals participated in the race.
For photos from the event, click here.
#10 – Smithsonian Institute Comes to James Sprunt
James Sprunt Community College hosted the Smithsonian Exhibit, The Way We Worked in May and June. James Sprunt Community College was one of six sites chosen in North Carolina for the display. The exhibition showcased how American workers performed a variety of jobs that powered our society, such as farmers, office workers, factory workers, homemakers, truckers, and the million more that contribute to our way of life. It featured the many changes that have occurred to our workforce over the past 150 years.
For photos from the event, click here.