Whether they have served for nearly two decades, or only a few months, the members of the Sampson Community College Board of Trustees value the educational skills obtained at the local institution.
Pat Jones has been on the board for the last 18 years, and is considered one of the long-standing members. As a retired educator, Jones says he understands the importance of a good education and is proud to say SCC is one school that offers such to its students.
“Sampson Community College is a valuable asset to Sampson County,” Jones attested. “The school has been instrumental in seeing those both young and old get an education and later get a job.”
According to Jones, throughout his nearly two decades of service to the community, he has witnessed a great deal of growth at the college, including new facilities, additional courses and larger student enrollment.
“SCC has a lot to offer its students and the public,” Jones said.
He pointed out many departments and their success, but wanted to especially highlight the nursing department, which now has a 100 percent passing rate and according to Jones, has provided and fulfilled many positions in the community once graduating from the local program.
“I am very pleased with our school and the fact that it provides a good education for its students,” Jones added. “I have enjoyed seeing the many changes throughout the years and I hope I continue to be nominated to serve as a trustee.”
On the flip side, board trustee Catherine Ezzell was sworn in to serve in November, and despite only serving in the capacity for a few months, has quickly recognized the many assets of Sampson Community College.
“SCC provides an excellent resource for both individuals and local businesses,” Ezzell shared. “Individuals can gain valuable skill sets, whether it’s a degree, workforce training or an extracurricular enrichment, and local businesses benefit because they are able to hire qualified employees in their backyard.”
While both Jones and Ezzell say they are passionate about education, neither feels the students at Sampson Community College are lacking in opportunity while taking classes or once they have completed their course of study and enter the workforce.
“Ongoing education is something I am passionate about, and I believe an individual should never stop learning,” Ezzell said. “You should always have access to the educational tools to improve your life, and SCC’s staff and faculty do an excellent job of providing that service to our county’s residents. To be a part of the board that assists SCC in offering a valuable resource for empowering our county’s future is an honor.”
Current Board of Trustee members are Michael Chestnutt, chair; Sandra Carroll, vice-chair; Ezzell; Larinda Haight; Chris Fann; Randy Jacobs; Nash Johnson; Jones; Robert O. Sanderson; Church Spell; Erika Starling; and Jimmy Thornton. The current SGA president, Megan Sessoms, serves as a non-voting member.
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