Spring 2019 Southeastern Farm School at James Sprunt

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       JANUARY 13, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – The JSCC Small Business Center will offer “The Business of Farming,” an intense 8-week program designed to help farmers thrive and grow. Topics covered include marketing, budget and finances, making strategic decisions, and best practices. The specialized training sessions for farmers starts January 15 and will run until March 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes meet on Tuesdays each week.

These classes are free but students will need to register for the class to ensure a seat. To register, visit http://bit.ly/FarmSchool2018 or call the Small Business Center at  (910) 275-6203.

Dinner is served prior to every class at 5:30 p.m., free of charge.

Farmers, and those interested in farming, will learn how to build the perfect business plan, create marketing tactics and techniques, and understand budget and financial issues. After completion, farmers will be better equipped to make strategic decisions and learn from best practices of other farmers.

Classes are offered as a service of the Small Business Center to the community. A graduation will be held, as well as a barbecue dinner at the conclusion of the 8-week training.

For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.


James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at www.jamessprunt.edu.


Employees Receive Sprunt Spirit Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             JANUARY 10, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt recently awarded the “Sprunt Spirit” award to four employees, which is an on-the-spot award for a special act or service for a one-time achievement beyond the normal bounds of an employee’s job duties and benefits the workplace. Full-time and part-time employees can be nominated for this award recognition.

The following employees recently received the Sprunt Spirit Award: Ed Hudson, William Dean Miller, Derek Sharpe, and Lee Williams.



Ed Hudson

Ed Hudson serves as the administrative assistant for the vocational technology division. Ed is recognized not only for his “go to attitude” but for also going above and beyond the call of duty. Early in the morning, you can find Ed sweeping off the walkway into the Hall Building, which is where his office is located. He does this to ensure that no one slips and falls on the berries from a tree that is near the entrance, as well as to make the campus look its best to students and visitors.

Recently a student, who was making changes to her program of study, needed to be reached so that staff in students services could talk to her about a possible conflict with her financial aid. Ed searched the campus looking for this student, trying to find her, and also made several attempts to reach her by phone to get this cleared up, so she would not lose her financial aid. This is another above and beyond example of how Ed is committed to the college and its students.


William Dean Miller


After Hurricane Florence hit, the college was closed for over two weeks. This caused a major disruption of scheduling, especially with the testing center. William Dean Miller, who serves as the coordinator for the student success center and just ask tech support, demonstrated exceptional customer service during this time period. The Health Education Department needed to schedule and re-schedule testing, and this was also the first semester for online testing for the practical nursing program. William Dean always called to ask how many students were to be tested and ensured that everything went well in the center. The center was always ready and set-up for the students, so that all practical nursing students had to do was walk in and take their test. William Dean went above the call of duty this past semester.


Derek Sharpe


Derek Sharpe who serves as the evening assistant at James Sprunt, noticed that a student  had a flat tire in the parking lot one evening. The students husband had come and was assisting her with the tire but he was having a difficult time with the jack and removing the tire alone. Derek immediately came to help the student and her husband change the tire. Both were on there way home in no time, thanks to Derek’s willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for our students.


Lee Williams


In anticipation of Hurricane Florence hitting the East Coast, and knowing that the college may be closed, payroll for both full-time and part-time needed to be turned in so that the Business Office could process the paperwork to ensure that employees were paid, and paid on-time. Part-time payroll was of the utmost concern, and the Director of Human Resources relied on the expertise of Lee Williams, who serves as the Upward Bound Coordinator, to look over the excel spreadsheets and the formulas used to calculate payroll. Just the smallest change can cause the formulas to no longer work accurately. It came to the Director’s attention that Lee was very talented with formulas and that he might be able to assist in ensuring that the part-time spreadsheet formulas were working properly. On September 10, 2018, Lee took time out of his day to correct the issues. Because of his help, the HR department was able to submit the part-time payroll to the Business Office for processing and they were paid in a timely manner in spite of the storm. Lee also made certain that the staff understood how the formulas work for future payrolls. This was above and beyond the call of duty, but shows Lee’s commitment to his co-workers and the college.


For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.


Fire and Rescue Conference to be held in February at James Sprunt

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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  James Sprunt Community College and the Duplin County Firemen’s Association will host the Duplin County 2019 Fire and Rescue Conference February 22 to February 24, 2019.

There is a $70.00 registration fee as well as a $20.00 conference fee per person.

The fee is waived for all active North Carolina Fire and Rescue members who may qualify. A meal will be provided on Saturday for attendees.

Enrollment is first come, first served.

No registrations will be accepted over the phone, those interested must complete a registration form and submit payment for fees. Registration forms can be obtained by contacting Scott Justice at wjustice@jamessprunt.edu and must be received by February 8, 2019 to guarantee course selection.

Courses that will be offered include: 

  • Basic Firefighting
  • Orientation and Safety
  • Basic Aerial Operations
  • Live Fire Training
  • Grain Bin Rescue
  • Water Supplies
  • Introduction to Pumps
  • Right Seat Ready

 To download a copy of the registration brochure, click here.


For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at www.jamessprunt.edu.

Critical Need for Blood Donors – All Types Needed

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              JANUARY 8, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Every two seconds in America, someone is in need of a blood. With a nationwide shortage of blood continuing, the American Red Cross is urging those who can donate to please give blood. All blood types are needed, but donors with “O” type blood are especially needed during this critical time.

James Sprunt Community College, along with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on its campus Thursday, January 17, 2019. The blood drive will be held in the Boyette Building, Room 113 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Jessie Lee, the organizer of the blood drive at James Sprunt. “Your donation is crucial in helping support patients’ ongoing needs as well as unforeseen trauma situations. Give now and help overcome a blood emergency!”

The process from start to finish takes about 1 hour, while the actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

Walk-ins welcome, however donors can also visit redcrossblood.org and enter “James Sprunt CC” to schedule an appointment in advance.

As always, prior to giving blood it is recommended that donors drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal prior to their arrival. Donors are eligible to give blood once every 56 days.


For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.


Open Registration – January 7, 2019

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To view schedule in an ebook format, click here.

To apply for admissions at James Sprunt, click here.

For a list of programs at James Sprunt, click here.

Spring 2019 Credit Classes

Academic Related

ACA-115 Success & Study Skills

ACA-122 College Transfer Success


ACC-120 Principles of Financial Accounting

ACC-121 Principles of Managerial Accounting*

ACC-122 Principles of Financial Accounting II*

ACC-140 Payroll Accounting*

ACC-150 Accounting Software Applications*

ACC-180 Practices in Bookkeeping

ACC-220 Intermediate Accounting I*


AGR-139 Intro to Sustainable Ag

AGR-160 Plant Science

AGR-212 Farm Business Management

AGR-213 Ag Law & Finance

AGR-261 Agronomy

Animal Science

ANS-116 Intro to Equine Industry

ANS-120 Beef Production

ANS-130 Poultry Production

ANS-142 Swine Records & Analysis*

ANS-143 Swine Health Management

ANS-144 Swine Housing & Waste Mgt*

ANS-150 Animal Health Management

ANS-240 Swine Prod Issues


ART-111 Art Appreciation

ART-115 Art History Survey II

ART-116 Survey of American Art


BIO-111 General Biology

BIO-112 General Biology II*

BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology

BIO-169 Anatomy & Physiology II*


BUS-110 Introduction to Business

BUS-115 Business Law I

BUS-125 Personal Finance

BUS-137 Principles of Management

BUS-153 Human Resource Management

BUS-270 Professional Development


CHM-092 Fundamentals of Chemistry

CHM-151 General Chemistry

CHM-152 General Chemistry II*

Computer Information Systems

CIS-110 Introduction to Computers*

CIS-111 Basic PC Literacy

CIS-115 Intro to Programming & Logic*

Criminal Justice

CJC-113 Juvenile Justice

CJC-121 Law Enforcement Operations

CJC-132 Court Procedure & Evidence

CJC-212 Ethics & Comm Relations

CJC-222 Criminalistics

CJC-223 Organized Crime

CJC-231 Constitutional Law


COM-231 Public Speaking


COS-111 Cosmetology Concepts 1**

COS-112 Salon I**

COS-113 Cosmetology Concepts II***

COS-114 Salon II***

COS-117 Cosmetology Concepts IV***

COS-118 Salon IV**

COS-223 Contemporary Hair Coloring*

Computer Technology Integration

CTI-110 Web, Pgm, & Db Foundation

Computer Technology

CTS-125 Presentation Graphics

CTS-130 Spreadsheet*

CTS-287 Emerging Technologies

CTS-289 System Support Project*


DBA-115 Database Applications*


ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics


EDU-119 Intro to Early Childhood Education

EDU-144 Child Development I**

EDU-145 Child Development II**

EDU-151 Creative Activities **

EDU-151A Creative Activities Lab**

EDU-153 Health, Safety, and Nutrition

EDU-216 Foundations of Education**

EDU-235 School-Age Develop & Programs**

EDU-262 Early Childhood Admin II*

EDU-271 Educational Technology**

EDU-275 Effective Teach Training**

EDU-280 Language/Literacy Experiences**

EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practice*

EDU-285 Internship Exp-School Age*

EDU-286 Early Childhood Issues*

EDU-289 Adv Issues/School Age*


ELC-114 Commercial Wiring

ELC-117 Motors and Controls

ELC-119 NEC Calculations


ENG-111 Writing & Inquiry*

ENG-112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines*

ENG-115 Oral Communication

ENG-232 American Literature II*

Graphic Arts

GRA-255 Image Manipulation I*

Graphic Design

GRD-111 Typography II*

GRD-131 Illustration I*

GRD-142 Graphic Design II*

GRD-145 Design Applications I**

GRD-152 Computer Design Tech I*

GRD-242 Graphic Design IV*

GRD-265 Digital Print Production*

GRD-280 Portfolio Design*


HEA-110 Personal Health/Wellness

Heavy Equipment / Maintenance

HET-119 Mechanical Transmissions

HET-128 Medium/Heavy Duty Tune Up

HET-218B Tractor Project

HET-233 Suspension and Steering


HIS-112 World Civilizations II

HIS-121 Western Civilizations I

HIS-131 American History I

HIS-132 American History II


HUM-115 Critical Thinking*

HUM-121 The Nature of America

HUM-122 Southern Culture


HYD-112 Hydraulics-Medium/Heavy Duty


MAT-110 Math Measurement & Literacy*

MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy*

MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra*

MAT-172 Precalculus Trigonometry*


MKT-120 Principles of Marketing


MUS-110 Music Appreciation

MUS-112 Introduction to Jazz

Networking Technology

NET-126 Routing Basics

NET-175 Wireless Technology

Networking Operating Systems

NOS-230 Windows Administration I


NUR-102 Practical Nursing II***

NUR-112 Health-Illness Concepts

NUR-211 Health Care Concepts***

NUR-213 Complex Health Concepts***

Office Systems Technology

OST-136 Word Processing*

OST-138 Office Applications II*

OST-145 Social Media for Office Professional

OST-159 Office Ethics

OST-184 Records Management

OST-289 Office Admin Capstone*

Physical Education

PED-110 Fit and Well for Life

PED-111 Physical Fitness I

PED-112 Physical Fitness II*

PED-113 Aerobics I

PED-114 Aerobics II*

Political Science

POL-120 American Government


PSY-150 General Psychology

PSY-241 Developmental Psychology*

PSY-281 Abnormal Psychology*


REL-110 World Religions

REL-211 Intro to Old Testament

REL-212 Intro to New Testament


SOC-210 Intro to Sociology

SOC-213 Sociology of the Family


SPA-111 Elementary Spanish I

SPA-112 Elementary Spanish II*

Transportation Technology

TRN-110 Intro to Transport Tech

Work-Based Learning

WBL-113 Work-Based Learning I


WLD-116 SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe*


WLD-131 GTAW (TIG) Plate

WLD-141 Symbols & Specifications

* Course has prerequisites that must be met prior to enrolling

** Course has co-requisites that you must co-enroll in.

*** Course has prerequisites and co-requisites

New Year, New You is a Resolution in Itself

Dr. Boham portraitAs 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

Top Stories of 2018 at James Sprunt Community College

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

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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.

Watch video here on his visit to James Sprunt.

#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.

See video on $2 million grant received

#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.

See video on this grant by clicking here.

#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.

Watch video of the Pastor of Rose Hill Receiving the Check from James Sprunt

#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.