As published in the December 27, 2018 edition of the Duplin Times.
To everyone in Duplin County and the surrounding areas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday filled with the joy of being around loved ones. I know that for many, this Christmas was especially hard due to the recent events, but I hope that the storms have not allowed anyone to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season, and why we celebrate it.
As I am writing this, I am sure that many of your are out shopping for those after Christmas bargains and getting ready to celebrate the New Year.
With 2019 just around the corner, I am sure that many of you are also busy making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a new year, a new beginning, and it is also an opportunity to re-write your story, and become a new you.
In this life, every new day becomes a second chance for us to do more, to do better, and to become more than we were before. Every step that we take in trying to better ourselves does not come back void.
I know many of our New Years Resolutions will be to lose weight, to eat a better diet, or to exercise more and go to the gym. But might I add another resolution for you to consider this year: To position yourself for greater success through education.
There are countless stories of people who have become successful just by taking one small step by enrolling in classes to enhance their opportunities. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a curriculum class that leads to an associates degree, it could be a continuing education class that meets a few times a semester.
I know most of you have heard of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, but did you know it started out when Ben and Jerry took a $5.00 correspondence class through Penn State University on how to make ice cream? The return on investment they have received from that $5.00 class has been phenomenal. I would love to see some of you do the same, maybe your fortune will be found by taking a cake decorating class or a class in sewing or basic automotive. Don’t see a class as just being a class – look at it as a way to turn your hobby into a way to generate income for yourself and your family. A cake decorating class might be a cake decorating class – but it could also be the start of a bakery, a catering company, or of new baked goods being launched on the market. Just as Ben and Jerry’s idea exploded, your ideas could also take off. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make things happen, because your idea might just be “the next best thing.”
The catch though is this… as I stated earlier, you have to position yourself for success.
You can’t expect things to just fall in place without preparing, planning, and taking the initiative to develop and to research. Ben and Jerry’s idea started with taking an ice cream class, but it did not stop there, it took a lot of effort and hard work to get to where they are today.
So what are you going to do to prepare, to plan, and to develop so that you can be ready for taking the next step to success?
At James Sprunt there are many pathways to success and many entry points.
For those in high school, we offer classes so that you can get a jumpstart on earning a college degree. We also have the Duplin County Early College on our campus for those students seeking an alternative education path to traditional high schools.
For adults, we offer basic skills classes that assist with developing skills needed for the workplace and for preparing to further your education. If you do not have a high school diploma, we offer classes that will help you finish that. Our continuing education division offers hundreds of classes in personal enrichment as well as short-term training in allied health, emergency medical technician and fire safety that will help you become employed.
We have a small business center that assists start-up companies with getting their ideas off the ground and running.
And finally, we offer degree programs leading to certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that will help you be prepared for the workforce upon graduation or transfer to a university, that will as allow you to advance into higher positions and climb the corporate ladder.
Position yourself for greater success – nobody else can do it for you. This is something you must do for yourself and it is something you must want to do, and you can do it in 2019 at James Sprunt Community College.
-Dr. Kenneth Boham
Interim President, James Sprunt Community College