SCC Attends 2018 Minority Male Success Initiative Conference

[Clinton, N.C.] – Students from Sampson Community College were given the unique opportunity to network with peers across the state at the 2018 Minority Male Success Initiative Conference. SCC’s representation at the event was a result of the work of Dr. Tonita Smith, a counselor at the college, along with Mr. Cornelius Lindsey, SCC’s Minority Male Success Coach.

The purpose of the Minority Male Success Initiative program is to provide minority male students with additional, academic support in an effort to increase their academic retention, graduation, and transfer rates at SCC.  For students to be successful in pursuing their educational goals, the integrated support of college administrators, faculty, staff, counselors, and community leaders is required.

The conference included keynote speakers Dr. Kenston Griffin of Dream Builders Communication, Inc., former NFL player Marques Ogden, Patrick Patterson, President of Global Partners for Families and Family Consulting and CNN political analyst, lawyer and activist Bakari Sellars.

MinorityMaleMentoringConferencePHOTO: (From left) Lindsey, Monroe, Aultman and Glasper.

SCC students Deonte Glasper, Michael Aultman and Damarius Monroe were invited to this year’s event. Monroe, who will graduate from SCC at the end of this semester, has been accepted to Winston Salem State University. His will major in Sports Marketing. “This event was well worth it,” said Glasper. “I felt empowered, like someone cared about my views. I have my mind set toward reaching my goals and have no doubt I will succeed.“

Lindsey agrees. “We have seen a lot of success here,” he says. “We have had students to graduate from SCC and transfer to four year universities like East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Mount Olive.”  For more information about SCC’s Minority Male Success Initiative program, contact Lindsey at


About Sampson Community College:  Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.