Officials with Sampson Community College are preparing for the many students who will begin converging on the college campus in just a few days. Fall semester is set to begin Aug. 15.
According to Blair Hairr, dean of Student Services, registration for the fall semester will be held Aug. 10-11. While fall enrollment is typically higher than other semesters, the summer enrollment numbers were up, and Hairr said there are hopes for the increase to continue.
“With summer enrollment up, we are hopeful there will be an increase in fall enrollment as well,” Hairr said. “Most community colleges across the state have experienced a decline in enrollment over the last few years, so we will certainly celebrate any percent of increase this fall.”
The fall enrollment for 2015 was 1,359 students. Hairr said the college is anticipating an increased enrollment for fall 2016, but the exact numbers can not be determined until after final day of registration, Aug. 11.
“The mission of Sampson Community College is to provide accessible and affordable education, workforce training, and lifelong enrichment,” Hairr explained. “This mission is accomplished through effective teaching, student support, public outreach, and partnering with others to improve the quality of life for the people of Sampson County.”
In an effort to offer more to its students, Sampson Community College will be offering three new programs this fall. Students will have the opportunity to register for the medical assisting program, emergency medical science program and emergency management technology program.
“Sampson Community College provides an array of programs and opportunities for any individual that steps through our doors,” Hairr shared. “With personal staff and faculty that are invested in the students, SCC truly allows students to begin here, yet go anywhere as they reach their educational, career and personal goals.”
Sampson Community College president, Dr. Paul Hutchins, mimics Hairr’s expectations for enrollment numbers for the fall.
“As the 2016-2017 academic year quickly approaches, I want to thank our entire student services staff for the outstanding work they have done assisting students with processing applications, assisting with financial aid applications, holding orientation sessions and registration,” Hutchins shared. “Time still remains for potential students to apply and get started this fall at SCC. Our fall semester begins on Aug. 15. Our enrollment trend for this fall has been up this summer and we are anticipating that our headcount will exceed last fall’s numbers.”
Returning students should register Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. New students who have completed the admissions process will register Aug. 11 at the new student orientation. Hairr said students need to bring a copy of their admissions counseling report to the orientation.
At the new student orientation, Hairr said program advisors will help new students select classes that are of interest to them and applicable to their desired program of study. Students who are not quite sure what degree to seek are welcome to take general education courses that will get them started on a path while they explore a variety of opportunities for their major.
Books will be made available to students Aug. 10-11 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Students must bring their student identification card to purchase books. Tuition and fees are due by noon on Aug. 12. Payments can be made online through WebAdvisor or in the business office located in the North Building.
For more information on how to start or continue the educational journey, stop by and visit student services at Sampson Community College located within the North Building on the SCC Campus, 1801 Sunset Avenue in Clinton. Student services is available for assistance Monday through Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Anyone with additional questions regarding the admission process or registration, please call 910-592-8084 or email [email protected]
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