Sampson Community College President, Dr. Paul Hutchins, hosted this month’s “President’s Corner” featuring Darell Matthews, division chair of Business and Occupational Technology.
“President’s Corner” is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Hutchins highlighting faculty and staff within each department at SCC to give viewers more insight about different program areas.
As a Sampson County native, upon graduating from UNC-W with an undergraduate in mathematics and a master’s degree from ECU, Matthews knew his passion included teaching and technology. As department chair, Matthew’s scope of responsibilities includes overseeing 16 academic programs at SCC, the largest division on campus. In working closely with each department chair from business, accounting, office administration, welding, industrial systems, cosmetology and more, “no two days are the same” states Matthews.
Two of the fastest growing programs were discussed including welding and industrial systems technology. With individuals attending both of these programs from local industry partnerships to enhance skills, as well as high school students using the career and college promise program, these programs are designed to teach a wide range of skills used within any industrial setting.
“As local business and industry constantly evolves, it is imperative that we at SCC keep our programs current,” states Matthews. As we move forward, “we are exploring offering a new Emergency Management Degree program with multi-track offerings to include: fire training, ems/emt and a general track. These programs have evolved based on request from local industry. Another new program we are exploring is to include robotic welding within the welding program to begin potentially spring or fall of 2016. Lastly, an accelerated track day-time program for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) will begin January 19th 2016 until about the middle of June. This is the first day-time academy offered in a few years.”
“I love the fact that my job is diverse and no two days are the same. Begin an IT trained instructor, I like change and that every day is different,” Matthews said. “I love the diversity, but the number one thing that is the most appealing is the ability to directly impact student’s lives and students futures”
Hutchins includes, “I think today’s Presidents corner underscores the great diversity we have at SCC. The Business and Occupational Technology programs provide a wide array of opportunities for individual to receive training and education here, that sets them up for great occupations and excellent earning potential in the future. I hope for those of you that are interested in these programs, you will take a moment to call, visit the website or stop by to visit.”
For more information about Sampson Community College and the programs within the Business and Occupational Division, please stop by to visit SCC at 1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, call 910-592-8081 or visit www.sampsoncc.edu. To watch the full “President’s Corner” show, visit www.facebook.com/SampsonCommunityCollege.