Viking Spotlight: Darien Knapp Former Graduate Turned Cisco Employee

Darien Knapp has always had a passion for playing video games since he was a young child. He has always had the interest in exploring activities that were not well-known to him. Knapp graduated from high school in 2017. Upon graduation from high school, Knapp went on to attend Sampson Community College. While at SCC, Knapp was a part of the Information Technology program and now works as a Customer Success Specialist for Cisco.

Viking Spotlight: Naomi Sandoval

Naomi Sandoval decided to join the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Sampson Community College (SCC) as a Career Coach because of her passion to help students further their education. Sandoval has been in this position since December of last year and is currently the full-time Career Coach for Union High School. Sandoval wants the high school students that she works with each day to see potential in themselves and post-high school plans.

Viking Spotlight: Butler Makes Move at SCC

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Katie Butler graduated from Clinton High School in 2012. She then went on to graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in Rehabilitation Services in 2016. Now, Butler is one of four Career Coaches recently hired with the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Sampson Community College (SCC) and is stationed at Midway High School. Butler has already proved to be a key asset to one of the biggest high schools involved with the CCP program.

Viking Spotlight: Garcia Hopes to Grow CCP Program

Jose Garcia was one of four Career Coaches recently hired for the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Sampson Community College (SCC). Garcia is a first-generation high school and college student. Outside of work, Garcia is married and has four kids that range from the age of fourteen to twenty-two. Garcia is currently splitting his time as a Career Coach for the CCP program between Lakewood High School and Hobbton High School. Garcia has only been at SCC for a brief period but appears to have already made his mark.

Viking Spotlight: Emily Brown

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Last November, the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Sampson Community College (SCC) hired four new Career Coaches. The CCP program allows high school students in Sampson County to get a head-start in their future after high school by taking classes at SCC. Emily Brown of Clinton was one of the first to be hired in this new position. Brown graduated from Clinton High School (CHS) in 2016 and from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2019. She graduated from college with a degree in Psychology and Leadership Studies. Brown is currently working on obtaining her master’s degree in Student Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in high school, Brown participated in the CCP program. She has now come full circle from being an advisee to an advisor.

Graduate Spotlight: Salvador Martinez

As a child, Salvador Martinez’ sister teased him. He was not the best reader, but he was great at math and a decent drawer. She encouraged him in another way, saying, “He’ll build houses one day.” She hit the nail right on the head. Nearly twenty years have passed, and Martinez is set to graduate…

Viking Spotlight: Elizabeth Brewer

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Elizabeth Brewer came from a family of educators with both of her parents being teachers in the Sampson County Schools system. During high school Elizabeth attended Midway High School while also attending Sampson Community College (SCC). As a senior and junior in high school, she took part in the Career and College Promise program at SCC. Because of this program, Elizabeth was able to obtain an Associate of Arts degree when she graduated from high school. Now, like her parents, Elizabeth is on track to becoming an educator.

Fall Graduate Spotlight: Sabrina Newkirk

When she graduated from Union High School in 2019, Sabrina Newkirk was not quite sure about her next steps. She had not committed to a nearby college or university and no decisions were made about her future career plans. However, she had success with Sampson Community College courses during high school, so she enrolled at…

SCC Graduate Makes Journey from Nicaragua to UNC Medical School

Written by Olivia Gillespie – Foundation Intern, Fall 2020 (CLINTON, N.C.) – In 2010, Marvin Albert Meza Jarquín, his parents, and his four siblings immigrated from Nicaragua to North Carolina. In Nicaragua, Marvin’s family consisted of coffee and cattle farmers. He had grown up in Nicaragua until he was sixteen years old. When his family…

Viking Spotlight: Ryan Rutherford

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Ryan Rutherford has been at Sampson Community College (SCC) for a year and a half now. In his newest role, Rutherford acts as the Director of Facilities. Before moving to Sampson County, Rutherford lived in both Washington state and Montana. As the Director of Facilities, Rutherford is the key asset to ensuring that everything is running and working smoothly around campus here at SCC.

Viking Spotlight: Cole Baxley Businessman Right Out of High School

(CLINTON, N.C.) – In 2018, Cole Baxley graduated from Midway High School (MHS), and received an Associate of Arts degree from Sampson Community College (SCC). Upon graduation from both MHS and SCC, Cole went on to attend Campbell University. While at Campbell University he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Cole was able to obtain his bachelor’s degree in only two years due to already having an associate degree right out of high school with the help of the Career and College Promise program. Since Cole began his college education early, he has been able to begin his career at a faster pace.  

Viking Spotlight: Marvin Rondon New Dean of Student Services

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Dr. Marvin Rondon has been a full-time employee here at Sampson Community College since 2002. At that time, Rondon began to work in Bilingual Services and was the translator for SCC. Before then, he worked part-time at SCC, teaching Computer Science and Spanish courses. Rondon grew up in Puerto Rico and lived there until the age of thirty-two when he moved to Sampson County in 1999. Before his move, Rondon received an Associate’s in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico.