Viking Spotlight: Ty Smoak Plans to Reach the Stars

Written by Megan Bednar- Foundation Intern, Fall 2021 [Clinton, N.C.]- Ty Smoak, a senior at Harrells Christian Academy, is currently on track to earn both his Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a Business Administration High School Certificate from Sampson Community College (SCC) all by the time he graduates high…

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…

Viking Spotlight: Jamie Cannady Joins CCP Team

Written by Megan Bednar- Foundation Intern, Fall 2021 [Clinton, N.C.] – Sampson Community College has once again had the pleasure of welcoming a new staff member into its family! Jamie Cannady, a Career and Academic Advisor here at Sampson Community College (SCC) recently started at SCC at the end of August in the College &…

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…