As published in the January 31, 2019 edition of The Duplin Times.
How are your New Year Resolutions coming along? It is said that around January 14th, most people give up and break whatever resolutions they made. I hope this is not the case for you. I hope that you are continuing with your effort to position yourself for greater success through education.
There are still opportunities to do this at James Sprunt Community College. This semester we are offering late-start classes. These classes are 12-weeks, along with a few 8-week classes, that will allow you to complete the same courses that we offer, in less time. Our hope is that if you missed the deadline for the start of Spring 2019 classes, you will take advantage of our late-start offerings. It is never too late to start working towards your degree and hopes of a better future.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” Day-by-day you are creating the future that you will have. Taking classes and enhancing your education will most assuredly make your future brighter and open doors of opportunity that did not exist before.
One example of this is Javonte Williams, who took online classes at James Sprunt through our college and career promise program. Javonte was a high school student, and through the CCP initiative, was able to take enough classes to start college a semester early. He is now a sophomore at UNC and has secured a position on the UNC football team. He is well on his way to a having a successful future, but he had the mindset to do it, and the motivation to go above and beyond the requirements of high school.
Even if you are not in high school, if you are in your forties or fifties, and have never attended college, don’t let that stop you. You have life experience that can enrich your educational experience in ways that a young adult cannot appreciate. We all have so much potential, please do not let your age stop you from reaching new heights.
We often become complacent with where we are in life, but we are called to continue to press forward, to become greater, to do more, each and every day. I hope that you will position yourself for greater success through education.
James Sprunt is your bridge to success. There is no one path – you start here and you can go anywhere. Javonte Williams started here, now he is at UNC. Lee Huffman started here, now he owns a successful winery in Onslow County. Clifton J. Kenon, Jr. started here, now he is a doctor that works for USAID and lives in Washington, DC. Toni Murphy-Henderson started here, now she is the director of purchasing for the college. There are countless others who have become teachers, accountants, lawyers, diesel technicians, electricians, welders, agribusiness professionals, and small business owners.
As you are considering how education can enhance your future, please remember that you hold the key, and you are the one who decides if you will unlock that door which may bring prosperity, joy, and success. It only takes one visit, one application, and one placement test to become a student at James Sprunt. I hope you will make time to do that today, we are waiting for you and we welcome you anytime.
Our 12-week late-start classes begin February 8th, and our 8-week classes begin March 11th. It is my sincere wish that you do not allow another season to go by without positioning yourself for greater success through education.
In my next column, I will update you on our search for the next JSCC President. The Board of Trustees are well on their way and hopefully the candidates moving forward will be named soon.
Until then, come visit us at James Sprunt Community College and see how we can help you get on the path to success.
– Dr. Kenneth Boham, Interim President, James Sprunt Community College