SCC hosts meeting of NC State and Sampson ag leaders


From left, John Prestage, former SCC Foundation president; Dr. Pardue, Bill Prestage of Prestage Farms, SCC Foundation Director Lisa Turlington and Cece Hudson of Jart Hudson Farms.

Dr. Sam Pardue

Sampson Community College hosted Dr. Sam Pardue, the Associate Dean & Director, Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and a number of Sampson County Agriculture leaders on April 28th to discuss potential new agriculture programs for SCC and partnerships with NC State.

Dr. Pardue provided a presentation that included an update on two current initiatives underway at NC State. A North Carolina Food Processing and Manufacturing initiative and a North Carolina Plant Sciences initiative. Dr. Pardue provided information on enrollment trends in Agriculture and Life Science programs at NC State as well as current 2 + 2 programs that NC State and Sampson Community College currently offer students. Dr. Pardue also talked about their STEAM initiative which allows students do their first 30 hours at a community college and then transfer into NC State.

Dr. Paul Hutchins, President at Sampson Community College, was excited about the meeting. “I am grateful that Dr. Pardue would take time from his busy schedule to come to Sampson County and lead our discussion. I am also humbled by the great support and input provided by the agriculture leaders of Sampson County. I also want to thank Sampson Community College Foundation Executive Director Lisa Turlington and the SCC Foundation for their support of this meeting.”

Sampson Community College is working to partner with NC State to co-advertise programs like STEAM that would bring students to SCC with the option to transfer to NC State. Among distinguished guests local Ag leader Bill Prestage. Prestage was inducted into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame in 2003 and the North Carolina Pork Hall of Fame in 2005. He has served as President of the North Carolina Turkey Federation and the National Turkey Federation and on the Board of Directors for North Carolina Natural Gas and Smithfield Foods. The National Turkey Federation gave Prestage their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

“Two of Sampson Community College’s best partners NC State and the Sampson County agriculture leaders met together today on our campus.” Said Dr. Hutchins. “They are assisting the College as we move forward to develop a strategy to ensure our agriculture programs at SCC provide the greatest opportunities for our students.” To read more about the STEAM program, visit http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/steam.

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