SCC Students Clear a Path to Progress

Who better to kick off a project that will positively impact so many lives in Sampson County than the college with a track record of doing so. Students in Sampson Community College’s building and construction classes began preparing the campus for its Develop the East project this week.

“We have integrated equipment operation classes into our curriculum,” says Barney Grady, SCC’s Coordinator of Building and Industrial programs. “There is no better way to learn than actually getting in there and doing the work and that’s what we are doing this week. We are starting the project by removing trees and shrubbery to clear a path for what will one day be a walking trail as part of the college’s Develop the East project.”


Grady (R) instructs students on the Bobcat as they remove trees on campus.

The idea for Develop the East came about in part from student and community interest in recreation-related events at Sampson Community College. The hope is that the area can host outdoor events and performances at the college that can be open to the public.

The SCC Foundation is continuing to raise funds for the project. Input and ideas have been solicited from the public and plans have been in the works ever since. As the project moves forward, the hope is that restrooms, lighting, and a walking track will be some of the items included.

Grady says that the project has already paid dividends for his students. “This is already a win-win for us,” he says. “This gives our students a real-world environment to work in. This is work that can be cited on resumes and for work experience. Not only that, but I can’t think of a better project to be working on than this one. This is a wonderful project that will make the lives of people here even better and make the college the centerpiece of the county. It is certainly an exciting time here.”

To contribute to the project or for more information about Develop the East, visit