“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” This Nora Roberts quote is one of Sampson Community College graduates, Monica William’s favorites, and for her, a quote she lives by as she begins her new career giving back to students within Sampson County.
Williams began her educational journey at Sampson Community College in the Fall of 2009. “While there are many reasons why I chose SCC, the main reason being my initial impression of that “home” feeling I felt during new student orientation. Throughout new student orientation and my first few weeks on campus, I learned quickly that SCC is supportive, personal, each department builds lasting relationships with each of their students, and the instructors are supportive and available when needed” states Williams.
At Sampson Community College, the curriculum in the Education Division prepares students to work in diverse learning environments with children either from birth through kindergarten (Early Childhood Education) or in elementary through middle grades (School-Age Education). Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes child growth/development; computer technology in education; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of children. Early Childhood Education graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate program in settings such as: child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs. School-Age Education graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in settings such as: school-age teachers in child care programs, before/after-school programs, and paraprofessional positions in public/private schools.
Williams took advantage of the College Transfer program, available for pursuing a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure. With Duel Enrollment at Fayetteville State University, Williams expressed “It is a great program if students plan on obtaining their four year degree because not only are the classes transferable, but it is close to home and cost efficient compared to other universities.”
Williams recently graduated from FSU in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She is looking forward to beginning her teaching career this fall at Hargrove Elementary School as a Kindergarten teacher.
Williams is thankful for the opportunity she had at Sampson Community College. “During my time at SCC I learned about valuable community resources, especially for education. I used the Partnership for Children, Crisis Center, J.C. Holiday Library for resources and materials to complete projects and assignments. Now as I am in a new position at Hargrove Elementary, I will return the favor by helping families become aware of these valuable community resources as I use them in my classroom and career.”
For more information about Sampson Community College Admissions or the College Transfer Program, please visit www.sampsoncc.edu, call the admissions office at 910-592-8084 or e-mail [email protected]