Major Food Distribution for Students to be Held February 25 at James Sprunt

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 FEBRUARY 19, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College will host a resource fair on Monday, February 25, 2019 at its campus in Kenansville. The resource fair will take place in the Strickland Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the food distribution will be located in the Boyette Building during that time.

Single Stop, a grant funded program at James Sprunt Community College, in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, will distribute pallets of food to students, faculty, and staff.

Each month, the college holds smaller food distributions for students, called The Spartan’s Table. The need for fresh food and pantry items continues to grow among our students, faculty, and staff, many of who are still displaced following Hurricane Florence.

Even before Hurricane Florence, many Duplin County residents struggled to keep food on the table. Many areas of Duplin County are known as “food deserts,” meaning access to food is difficult, not just financially, but geographically, with many having to drive over 20 miles just to get to the nearest grocery store. Those without transportation experience the greatest need. The poverty level in Duplin County is around 28% with almost 20% of residents experiencing food insecurities.

The event will also showcase various community resources available to JSCC students, faculty and staff.

The college encourages everyone to participate in the food distribution and resource fair, regardless of need or income status.

Since its start in May 2016, Single Stop at James Sprunt has served over 400 students.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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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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New Continuing Education Class Hopes to Help Families Become Food Self-Sufficient

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 FEBRUARY 13, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With much of Duplin County being a “food desert,” and with the poverty level around 28% with almost 20% of residents experiencing food insecurities, James Sprunt hopes to help families that may be struggling to keep food on the table with a new continuing education class.

Growing Backyard Groceries is a class that will be offered from April 2 to May 7, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm. The cost of the class will be $31.50.

A well-planned garden can provide families with the freshest, most nutritious produce, plus help them establish a more secure, self-reliant lifestyle.

Being able to provide high-quality food requires planning and foresight, as well as commitment and follow-through. Students will learn how to prepare soil, the proper ways of planting and nurturing plants. Students will also learn about the growing process and how to harvest the produce from their gardens.

For more information on this class, or to register, please contact Patricia Underwood at (910) 275-6192.

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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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Community Invited to Meet Presidential Finalists

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 FEBRUARY 12, 2019

COMMUNITY INVITED TO MEET PRESIDENTIAL FINALISTS

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College’s Board of Trustees will host forums for each of the four candidates named as finalists for President.

The forums will be held on February 18, February 19, February 20, and February 25 at 3:00 p.m. on campus in the Williams Building, Room 100.

The schedule of candidates are as follows: 

  • February 18 – Dr. Robert (Bob) Lowdermilk, vice president for student development at Rockingham Community College
  • February 19 – Dr. Deborah Grimes, senior vice president of instruction and student services at Lenior Community College
  • February 20 – Dr. Jimmy (Jay) Carraway, vice president of continuing education at Lenior Community College
  • February 25 – Dr. Shannon Kennedy, executive vice president at Cleveland Community College

These forums are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to participate in the search for the next President of James Sprunt.

To learn more about the finalists, please click here: Presidential Finalists at James Sprunt Community College

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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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ATF, SBI to Visit Criminal Justice Students at James Sprunt

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                 FEBRUARY 11, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  Criminal Justice students at James Sprunt Community College are getting a dose of reality outside of the classroom and their textbooks. Today, criminal justice students visited the Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville and sat in on real life court cases. Students were able to observe the court proceedings, trials, and involvement between the prosecutor, lawyers, and the judge. During this visit, and during breaks between sessions, students were able to talk to the local lawyers, such as Anita Powers, who is the chair of the Board of Trustees at James Sprunt. They also had an opportunity to talk to district attorney Cooper, as well as Judge Thaggert.

Later on this semester, students will have an opportunity to interact with officers from the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and also from the SBI (State Bureau of Investigations). Special agents from these agencies will address the criminal justice students at James Sprunt concerning their duties and responsibilities as federal and state law enforcement officers. K-9 units will also be on hand, performing demonstrations, after agents conduct a brief classroom presentation.

The presentation with the ATF and SBI will take place on March 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hall Building, room 121.

This event is only open to currently enrolled criminal justice students at James Sprunt Community College.

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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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Community Tax Assistance Programs Offered at James Sprunt Community College

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  FEBRUARY 11, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  James Sprunt Community College is pleased to announce that it will offer tax assistance to students, faculty, and staff as well as to the general public. This year the college will offer tax assistance through two programs, VITA and Tax Time Allies.

Both services are offered as a free service from the college through a partnership with Single Stop. 

VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

VITA is with tax preparers certified by the IRS to prepare and file taxes for free on hand, patrons can drop off information for tax returns, Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 6:00pm and Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm. The VITA office is located in the Student Success Center, Room 105 in the Hoffler Building. Once tax returns are prepared and ready, patrons will receive a call to come back, review, and sign their returns.

Tax Time Allies Program

The Tax Time Allies programs is offered to those whose annual income is $66,000 or less. Those who meet the eligibility, may qualify to file their taxes for free from the comfort of their own home or at the computer lab located in the Student Success Center, Room 105 in the Hoffler Building.

Through a partnership with Single Stop, you have the option of completing your taxes for free using a self-guided tax link. Before you get started, you will be asked to complete a short survey in which all questions are optional for some basic demographic information.

You can access free tax preparation by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jscctax2019.

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For both VITA and Tax Time Allies please be sure to have the following information ready for completing your taxes:

  • Social Security Number for you and anyone on your return (spouse/dependents) (For VITA please bring Social Security Cards for yourself and spouse/dependents)
  • W2’s from all jobs worked last year (last pay stub is NOT acceptable)
  • Form 1099R if you receive pension, SSA-1099 if you receive Social Security Benefits.
  • Forms 1099T for tuition, 1098E student loan interest, 1099-G unemployment, jury duty, etc.
  • Form 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C for health insurance.
  • 1099-B Income from sale of stocks, bonds or other assets.
  • 1099-Misc – Self-employment income received.
  • 1099-C Forgiveness of debt – LIMITED
  • Form 1098 – Mortgage interest and real estate taxes. – LIMITED
  • Forms 1098T – tuition
  • 1098E – student loan interest
  • If qualifying for the American Opportunity Credit, any out of pocket receipts for books; or the amount paid for books
  • Child Care information – name, address, Tax ID or SSN, amount paid for childcare.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Amber Martinez, Single Stop Coordinator at 910-275-6164.

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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 Seeks Employers for 2019 Job Fair

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     FEBRUARY 5, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is seeking employers for its upcoming job fair in March. The job fair will be held March 27, 2019. The job fair is offered in partnership with the NC Career Works Center of Duplin County.

The event usually draws hundreds of individuals seeking employment in various disciplines and fields.

In years past the job fair was held in the Ed Emory Auditorium at the agricultural extension building of the Duplin Events Center, however based on the growing number of attendees each year, the event will be moved to a larger space to accommodate employers and those seeking employment.

There is no registration fee for employers to attend. Booth space is free

Employers are expected to stay the duration of the event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the only job fair available in Duplin County that allows employers to connect with local talent. Employers can meet with potential candidates and talk with them one-on-one, face-to-face. It is a great opportunity for companies across Eastern North Carolina and beyond with job vacancies to meet with a large pool of applicants.

The job fair is open to students, alumni, veterans, dislocated workers, and the general public.

Employers who would like to reserve a table at the job fair should contact Amber Ferrell at (910) 275-6367 or aferrell@jamessprunt.edu. Employers may also fill out a registration form at tinyurl.com/JSCCJobFair if they are interested in reserving a table.

Space is offered on a first come, first served basis.

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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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You Are The One Who Holds The Key to Your Future

Dr. Boham portraitAs 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