Positive Changes at James Sprunt Mark Start of Fall Semester

Dr Jay CarrawayColumn by Dr. Caraway as published in the September 26, 2019 edition of The Duplin Times.

Fall has arrived with a reminder that transition, and change are positive for the students at James Sprunt Community College. As we transition from summer to fall, James Sprunt continues to evolve to a more diverse, student-focused institution of higher education. We continue to assist our citizens as they prepare for educational attainment and career advancement.

This September we have welcomed our new Chief of Staff, Renee Sutton. Renee will have oversight of all programs and services and we are delighted to have her on board at the college. Her first main priority will be to increase our offerings of workforce development training programs at James Sprunt. I am confident that as time goes by, and the number of training opportunities increase, we will see an increase in student enrollment, engagement from business and industry, and also from the community. A highly skilled and trained workforce is the key to economic development, and I am confident that by offering short-term training solutions for our citizens, we will be able to assist job seekers in obtaining employment and earning a living wage, and possibly attract new industry to our area.

We are grateful that we did not have any impacts from Hurricane Dorian on our campus. Although the college was closed for two days, there was no damage to infrastructure, and things have returned back to normal.

Our Single Stop Office held a community resource fair this week in partnership with EastPointe Behavioral Health, Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Agencies from around the county were present to provide information about services available to our students. We were also able to distribute 10-12 pallets of food to our students. We are so thankful for all of our partners in enabling us to do this at James Sprunt.

On October 3, 2019 we will be holding our 34th Annual JSCC Golf Tournament at River Landing. This golf tournament is our biggest fundraiser for the college each year. We encourage everyone in Duplin County to please be a part of this event. From giving just $1 or more, you can help to make a big impact in the lives of our students, who are the workforce of tomorrow.

Later on this year, during December, James Sprunt will offer classes over the winter break. This will be a first for the college. These classes will be available online and will be a great way for an individual to earn college credit in 5 weeks or less. We welcome anyone in our community to sign-up for these classes, especially those students who may be returning home from a four-year university over the holidays. These classes will be fast-paced and will be a great way to save money on your college degree and get ahead. There will be curriculum classes such as ENG 111 – Writing for the Disciplines and PSY 15 – General Psychology, as well as continuing education opportunities such as Phlebotomy and Pharmacy Technology. Please stay tuned for details on these upcoming classes.

Our next basic law enforcement training class is slated to begin January 27, 2020. If you or someone you know are interested, please do not delay in getting your application submitted to Eric Southerland. Applications are available now and can be obtained by emailing Eric at esoutherland@jamessprunt.edu. Applicants must pass a background check and be sponsored by a law enforcement agency before they can be admitted into the class. Those who successfully complete BLET (or have completed the course after Fall 2000) and decide to further their education in criminal justice will receive credits for CJC 131 – Criminal Law, CJC 132 – Court Procedure & Evidence, CJC 221 – Investigative Principles, and CJC 231 Constitution Law. The BLET course is a great opportunity for those who seek a career in law enforcement or the criminal justice system. The tuition for this training is free for those who meet the qualifications.

As we enter into this new season of opportunity, I just want to say that I am very appreciative to have the opportunity to serve as President at James Sprunt Community College. Every day I meet new people that are excited about the great things happening at James Sprunt, and I am excited to be a part of this new era in this college’s history. I am looking forward to what the future holds.

– Dr. Jay Carraway, President, James Sprunt Community College

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