College Admissions Day to be Held July 18 and July 29 at James Sprunt

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                     JUNE 19, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  On Thursday, July 18 and Monday, July 29, new incoming students at James Sprunt Community College will be able to complete their application, financial aid forms, placement tests, and sign up for new orientation all in one day and at one place, during College Admissions Day.

“Most of our students are first generation college students,” said Brian Jones, associate vice president of student services at James Sprunt. “College Admissions Day will provide assistance to those who are having difficulties with the online application.”

Last year, more than 40 students took advantage of College Admissions Day, making it a huge success for students seeking to earn their degree.

Although these resources are offered daily at James Sprunt, the college wants to make sure that it is known that assistance is available, and that our staff stands ready to help in anyway they can.

“Many times students don’t know how to ask for help, or where to find assistance,” said Brian. “This day is a way to remove barriers that individuals can experience while applying for college.” 

Anyone interested in attending James Sprunt is invited to attend College Admissions Day.

The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Strickland Building.

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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.

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James Sprunt’s Associate Degree Nursing Program Ranked #13 in North Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   JUNE 17, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  We are pleased to announce that James Sprunt’s associate degree nursing program has been ranked #13 out of 54 ADN programs in North Carolina by RNCareers.org.

“We are honored that our associate degree nursing program has been so highly ranked,” said Dr. Carraway. “Our faculty strives to give our students the best educational experience possible.”

James Sprunt offers both an associate degree nursing option, as well as a practical nursing program for students. Short-term training opportunities for Nurse Aide I / II, phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, dialysis technician, and gerontology are also available through our continuing education department.

The associate degree nursing program at James Sprunt Community College requires 71 credit hours of completion and is a limited enrollment program that requires the submission of an application packet prior to being accepted into the program.

Please see the link below for more information on the ranking from RN Careers: https://www.rncareers.org/rn-programs/north-carolina/

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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.

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Wild About Garlic: Charles Vickers’ Made In North Carolina Success

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Driving down a dirt road, you can almost miss one of the newest farms in Bladen County, which is tucked away like a hidden treasure. With just an acre and a half, Charles Vickers is growing success, one garlic clove at a time. It is a ‘Made in North Carolina’ success story from the ground up.

As you step out onto the property, you can smell the cloves of garlic in the sun-baked field, and you can see where some of the cloves are starting to be harvested and prepared for restaurants and local merchants.

Charles recently completed the Southeastern Farm School, offered through the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College. It is a program designed for farmers, and those interested in farming, to give them the skills needed to run their farm like a business and make a profit. As with all programs offered through the Small Business Center, the farm school is offered as a service to the community at no cost to the individual.

“The Farm School class gave me the confidence where I was a bit lacking,” said Charles. “It was confidence in myself to make my farm successful.”

Charles credits his father’s interest in gardening for his motivation into becoming a farmer. “My Dad always gardened and he was disabled, but that was the one thing that kept him happy and moving.”

The farm Charles has started is in the beginning stages. It is much like any start-up business. He doesn’t have a lot of the tools that larger, more established farms have access to, so he improvises where needed.

“It’s his humble spirit and determination that make it work,” said Roxanne Reid, an instructor for the Southeastern Farm School at James Sprunt. “Charles is very hard-working and very smart. He is very strategic about the foundations he is setting for his farm.”

She adds, “Charles is a good example and reflection of today’s small farmer. Many farmers struggle to identify unique and specific crops. We teach our students to hone in on a niche and to grow for a purpose so they can become profitable, and that is exactly what Charles has been able to do.”

Charles’ niche: Garlic.

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“Garlic was something different to grow,” said Charles. “Nobody else does it here and I enjoy seeing it grow.”

Charles started his garlic farm with a 20 pound box he purchased and he has been growing off of that ever since.

“I was looking for something of a higher value for a smaller property,” said Charles.

He adds as he looks over his field and sees the garlic scapes, the flower buds on top of the garlic stalk, “The scapes of the garlic is also of an extremely high value. The scapes are like a delicasy, especially on the West Coast.”

The scapes are often used in salads and pestos to give an intense garlic flavor to the dish.

This year, because of the excess moisture from the heavy rains following Hurricane Florence, Charles only expects that only 10% of his field will be marketable.

“We had bulb development but not clove development,” said Charles. “I have to be ok with that.”

Charles looks forward to next year in which he hopes to grow different varieties and at having an opportunity to take another shot at it.

“It has been a learning curve,” said Charles. “This is still new to me. There is still a lot to learn.”

Charles understood early on that the business aspect of farming was of the utmost importance.

“That is what I was looking for in this, the business and organizational knowledge to keep my farm going.”

Having the desire to go commercial with his farm, Charles sought to become GAP certified, and he is the first student of the Southeastern Farm School to achieve that designation for his farm, which stands for Good Agricultural Practices.

“It’s about cleanliness and it’s food safety,” said Charles. “It’s mainly about the health of the product and the health of people the food is going to.”

This certification has become a bigger deal in recent years with news of food contamination and people becoming sick.

“It is more based on the experience of problems that have arose in food production over a period of time through irrigation, soil amendments, and those types of things,” said Charles.“I was ready to abandon [GAP Certification], but James Sprunt helped me to have the confidence to truly follow through with it.”

“Being GAP certified has helped me personally because it has given me a format for record keeping and that’s very important. To a degree, it is foundational in the business plan.”

It has also opened up opportunities for Charles that he never thought would be possible.

“I have my foot in the door in one or two markets, and that is success in itself, just to get your foot in the door,” said Charles. “Profitability is one thing, but when you are building, sometimes just making the connection is just as important…. Making the connections and profitability are really running a race with one another.”

Having his foot in the door, and being GAP certified, Charles has been able to make a few small sales with two major distributors of produce nationwide.

“They try to pull as much local produce as possible from local growers and farmers,” said Charles. “They are meeting the needs of chefs for middle to high-end restaurants.”

Charles says he is proud to know that his garlic is being used in dishes at restaurants.

“I know that my garlic has gone to Raleigh. It makes me feel good to know that my product is being used locally and regionally,” said Charles. “The distributors give me ideas of what their chefs want, giving me packaging hints and that type of thing as to what they are looking for so that I can adjust to that in the future.”

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With his farm located in Bladenboro, North Carolina, Charles says that he is in a prime location.

“I am fortunate that my farm is sitting at just an hour to Fayetteville, an hour to Wilmington, an hour to North Myrtle Beach, and an hour to Florence. I have location, and because of that, I have access to several really good markets.”

As for advice that he would give to other farmers, or those interested in farming, Charles says, “Do your research and grow something. Don’t try to do too much too fast because I have done that and it doesn’t turn out well.”

He adds, “There are going to be failures and there are going to be successes. It is trial and error. Grow something, put it in the ground, learn what it takes to keep it alive.”

Charles hopes that his farm will continue to be viable and that he will be able increase production.

“I hope to be an example of what a farmer can be.”

– Cheryl Hemric / James Sprunt Community College

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For more information on the Southeastern Farm School, including upcoming class offerings, please visit https://jamessprunt.edu/small-business-center/southeastern-farm-school/

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.

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Emergency Meeting of the Board of Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   JUNE 4, 2019

EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE JSCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – There will be an Emergency Meeting of the JSCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 PM in the McGowen Board Room. Please click here for the agenda for more information.

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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.

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JSCC Library to Offer Free Workshops on 3-D Printing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   JUNE 4, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With the recent opening of the Makerspace Lab at the JSCC Library, the college is excited to announce that it will be offering free workshops during the month of June on 3-D printing. Workshops will be available for beginners as well as those with advanced skills.

Everyone is welcome to attend the workshops below. No advance sign-up is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Workshops will meet in the Local History Room of the JSCC Library, located in the Boyette Building.

To view workshops online, please visit http://bit.ly/jslibworkshops.

Beginner Workshops will be held: 

  • Monday, June 10 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 17 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 18 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 18 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 24 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 25 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 25 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

Advanced Workshops will be held: 

  • Thursday, June 13 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 13 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 20 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 20 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 27 • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Makerspace consists of a 3-D printer, as well as a workshop table, tools, cutting machine, wood burning tools, a green screen, a television, and iPads. The Makerspace is open to the public and is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and was made possible through a grant provided from the Golden Leaf Foundation. Individuals are asked to make a reservation to use the space by visiting the JSCC Library website at https://jamessprunt.libguides.com/home and clicking on the Makerspace icon located on the right side of the page.

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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.

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Drone Services for Agribusiness Seminar to be held at James Sprunt

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                   JUNE 3, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  Those interested in starting a drone services agribusiness will have an opportunity to learn how to do that this month at James Sprunt Community College. The Small Business Center at James Sprunt will be offering a free seminar for those who would like to get involved in this rapidly growing business.

The worldwide market for drones is estimated to top $127 billion USD within the next two to three years. Anyone entering into the drone services industry will need to know how to start their own business, as well as the unique aspects of flying drones for agribusinesses.

This seminar will include different scenarios in which farmers can utilize drones for surveying crops, looking over property after storms to check for damages, review data for where problems may be occurring with irrigation, and pinpoint other issues that may be occurring through the use of infrared video.

As regulations for drones continue to get tighter, especially for commercial purposes, the seminar will touch on the specific rules of engagement as outlined by the FAA for legal and successful drone use. Individuals will learn how to register drone equipment with the FAA, how to become FAA Certified to fly an unmanned aircraft system, and also how to follow a flight plan.

In addition to learning all of the above, participants will also have the opportunity to fly a drone.

The drone services for agribusiness seminar will be held Friday, June 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Boyette Building. Participants can register by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2wSpfN4.

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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.

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Sizzle Up Your Summer with a Free Haircut from The James Sprunt Barber School

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                         MAY 31, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – The James Sprunt Barber School is offering a unique way for those in the community to stay cool this summer with free haircuts. The Barber School will offer free haircuts that are sure to “sizzle up your summer” starting Monday, June 3 until Tuesday, July 2 to the general public.

The operating hours of The Barber School is from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Those under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Haircuts will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Barber School is located in the Herring Building on the main James Sprunt campus in Kenansville.

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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.

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