The impact of community colleges are felt through every level of the State….the students of today are the employees within our communities tomorrow.
Community College Day was an event held at Fayetteville Technical Community College on Monday, March 27th designed to bring awareness of the opportunities community colleges provide for students. Dr. Hutchins, President of Sampson Community College states, “The Community College Day Press Conference, held on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College, highlighted the programs and services offered by community colleges located in North Carolina’s Sandhills South Central Zone. It was a tremendous opportunity for the Presidents from the eight community colleges in attendance to speak about the role their community college serves in providing workforce training programs and meeting the post-secondary educational needs of their service districts. It was an honor to represent Sampson Community College and to celebrate the Community College System of North Carolina which is comprised of 58 institutions serving nearly 710,000 students.”
In addition to Dr. Hutchins speaking, Fayetteville Technical Community College President, J. Larry Keen, along with Presidents from Bladen, Montgomery, Robeson, Sampson, and Southeastern Community Colleges participated in the event. Discussions included student and program success stories along with the value Community Colleges add to the communities they serve, including impact through workforce and economic development, innovation, affordability, and accessibility.
Officials from the NC General Assembly and county and local governments were invited to attend and participate in the discussions. Senator Wesley Meredith, a Cumberland County Delegation, is a product of the community college system. As a former soldier who became an owner of a successful landscaping business he states, “I think the Presidents of these colleges already get the word out pretty well about what they do day to day in their respective communities. However, it is always nice to have an event like this to ‘bang the drum’ and really draw attention to opportunities that are available to anyone. There is no reason anyone can’t walk through the doors and be successful the rest of their lives.”
Sampson Community College is honored to be celebrating 50 years of serving individuals and community. For more information about Sampson Community College and the opportunities available, visit sampsoncc.edu or call 910-592-8081. Sampson Community College, begin here, go anywhere.