Sampson CC Holds Its 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Written by Megan Bednar [Clinton, N.C.] – On May 12, 2022, Sampson Community College (SCC) held its 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony for over 360 graduates in both the Associate in Applied Science Degree & Diploma programs and the College Transfer programs. The occasion marked the College’s fifty-fifth commencement ceremony, with the Applied Science programs beginning…

Sampson Community College Partners with Lowe’s

[Clinton, N.C.] – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has invested $500,000 in Sampson Community College (SCC) to improve student access to Construction and Home Improvement Programs. The College recently began construction on the new Sampson Trades Center that will house short-term training programs in electrical, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and masonry, and this gift – directed…

Viking Spotlight: Jeffery Koopman Welds His Way Towards Degree

Written by Megan Bednar- Foundation Intern, Fall 2021 [Clinton, N.C.] – Jeffery Koopman, a senior from Midway High School, is currently on track to become one of Sampson Community College’s first Career & College Promise (CCP) students to graduate with a Welding Technology degree. Koopman grew up on a dairy farm and was raised to…

Sampson County Home Builders Association Continues Giving

In 2004, the Sampson County Home Builders Association, which serves Sampson and Duplin Counties, established a $10,000 endowment with the Sampson Community College Foundation. The endowment was intended to establish scholarships and assist students enrolled in trades programs at Sampson Community College. Ideally, in the minds of the association, those students would graduate and then…

Miller Takes Over as Instructor for New Programs

Once Sampson Community College announced the approval of four new programs for the Fall 2020 semester in early March, including the Electrical Systems Technology and Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) programs, it knew there would still be a need for a lead instructor. When it came to making the decision, the college found…

King Creates Bridge Between Industry and Classroom

After 22 years of working in the industry, Industrial Systems Technology instructor, Durwood King, decided to trade in his years in the work place for the classroom. In 2011, King began teaching courses in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division at Sampson Community College. Now, he teaches in the degree program as well, sharing…

Martinez Goes from Top Student to Essential Employee

Francisco Martinez discovered hands-on, problem-solving style work was his niche as early as high school. As a student at Union High School, Martinez was introduced to agriculture mechanics and basic carpentry courses and his passion slowly began to blossom. When he began his courses at Sampson Community College, he found a home in the Industrial…

SCC Creates Welcoming Environment for Women Interested in Construction

Female students account for over half of the student population at Sampson Community College. However, even with a variety of academic pathways to choose from, a small number of female students at Sampson Community College still choose to pursue education and careers in male-dominated fields. For Danielle Jones Smith and Carla Garcia-Colin, choosing to study…

Welding Students Bridge the Gap

Working on real-world projects is nothing new for Sampson Community College students, particularly in the Welding Technology field. Students have before built a life-size Viking statue, a large three-dimensional logo for the college and now are finishing handrails used on the bridge for the college’s new walking trail. “This is just one more thing these…

SCC Welding Drawing More Interest

Sampson Community College has created some sparks when it comes to raising interest in its Welding Technologies program. As was the case overall with SCC enrollment this fall, this program has seen an increase in the number of students interested in the field for several reasons. “The numbers are definitely up,” says Dale Godbold, Welding…

Hands-On Training is Foundation at SCC

Perhaps there is no better way to learn about one’s future career than on-the-job training. Hands-on is an approach that Sampson Community College has employed constantly to give students real-world experience in their career paths. Nowhere else is that more prevalent than in the college’s Building Construction Technology program. “The students are putting the finishing…

SCC Student Builds Success in Nation’s Capital

Sampson Community College’s motto for success is Begin Here, Go Anywhere. In TJ Holloway’s case, that anywhere is in our nation’s capital constructing new buildings designed to help, of all things, new students. After graduating from SCC with a degree in Building Construction Technology, Holloway transferred to East Carolina University and received Bachelor of Science…