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Spring graduation season kicks into high gear at SCC

Southeastern Community College’s spring graduation season encompassed several ceremonies starting with the fire academy on May 3, nursing pinning on May 7, MLT and phlebotomy pinning on May 8, healthcare training on May 9 and the full graduation ceremony on May 10. 

“It was a very busy week celebrating our students, and it’s always exciting to celebrate the successes of our students,” said Dr. Chris English, SCC president. “We had a great graduating class of 2024 on Friday morning and thank goodness we didn’t have any rain. Witnessing all the enjoyment from the students and the support from loved ones and spouses was a thrill to see.” 

SCC’s College 4 Kids summer camp slated for June 17 – 20

Southeastern Community College’s College 4 Kids summer camp returns with an action-packed line-up of fun and educational classes for children ages 7 - 12 on June 17 through June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The registration cost is $65, and it includes breakfast and lunch provided by the USDA Summer Food Service Program through Whiteville City Schools.     

“I am looking forward to College 4 Kids, and I can’t wait to have the kids on campus,” said Dawn Williamson, MLT instructor and camp coordinator. “They’ll be doing activities like pottery, cyber security, CrossFit, drone flying, canoeing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and so much more.” 

Music, science and healthcare camps on deck this summer through Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search, a federally funded grant program designed to aid student growth and enrollment retention, will offer three four-day camps this summer. Music and Cinematography Camp runs from June 24 – 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., STEM Camp is July 8 – 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Camp Cardiac Care operates from July 15 – 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. All camps are free. 

“This gives kids an opportunity to come on Southeastern Community College’s campus and give them something to do during the summer,” said Beverly Ballard, ETS counselor. “The science and music camps are amazing, and they get first aid and CPR certification in the Camp Cardiac Care.” 

Celebrating 60 Years: SCC’s 2024 Graduation Commencement

Southeastern Community College is thrilled to announce the 60th commencement exercise for Friday, May 10th, 2024, honoring the graduating class of 2024. The event will be held outdoors on the front lawn of SCC, beginning at 9 am.

This year's graduation marks a special milestone as SCC celebrates 60 years of opening doors to opportunities. We are eager to celebrate all our graduates have accomplished.

Rocco’s Reveal: SCC’s beloved mascot unveils newest look

Southeastern Community College’s ram mascot, Rocco, transformed his appearance with new shoes, new clothes and a new head. Since 2008, Rocco has seen three costume changes. This third iteration of Rocco made his official debut at SCC’s first homecoming event on April 27.  

SCC President Dr. Chris English said that Rocco’s new design plays a large part in SCC’s rebranding vision. He said that Rocco represents vitality and athleticism, and children recognize the ram as SCC’s mascot at campus and community events. However, SCC’s mascot has always been a ram but has not always been Rocco. 

SCC’s Earth Day makes comeback with ‘complete success’

Southeastern Community College welcomed more than 500 fourth graders to campus on April 18 to celebrate Earth Day, engage in hands-on activities and learn about animals. Student Engagement Coordinator Katie Floyd said the event was a “complete success” and was made possible in cooperation with SCC’s Sustainability Committee. 

“It was really fun to see all the 4th graders on campus exploring SCC and hopefully making some memories,” Floyd said. “For a lot of them, this will be their first memory of SCC. Since we haven’t done this in several years, I think it was a great event to mark its comeback.”

Next NC Scholarship to fully cover tuition and fees for many North Carolina community college students

Students whose families earn $80k or less should complete the FAFSA to apply!

This fall, get money for college that you don't have to pay back. The Next NC Scholarship is a financial aid program that helps most North Carolinians from households making $80,000 or less pursue higher education by fully covering tuition and fees at Southeastern Community College. The best part? It’s money that doesn’t have to be repaid.

‘Earning industry-recognized certifications’ – King nominated for Academic Excellence Award

Southeastern Community College automotive technology student Zachary King was nominated for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award. Pioneering the revived automotive technology program, King will be the first student to graduate with automotive credentials after the program’s more than 30-year hiatus at SCC.  

“While I was in high school, I discovered a passion for the automotive field while working part-time at Blacks Tire Service,” King said. “This interest continued, and I was ready to enroll in an automotive program after graduation.” 

Simmons nominated for prestigious community college governor leadership award

Southeastern Community College electrical engineering and mechatronics engineering technology student Maurice Simmons was nominated for the N.C. Community College System Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award. As the Student Government Association President, an SCC Student Ambassador and member of Campus Crusade for Christ, Simmons said he demonstrated leadership skills through his heavy involvement on campus, patience, welcoming of ideas and goal-setting skills. 

“I believe in setting clear goals and creating a collaborative environment where everyone can grow,” Simmons said. “Two key aspects of my leadership style are supporting the team and stepping up when challenges arise.” 

‘Future beauty gurus in the making’ – high school students tour and get hands-on experience in SCC cosmetology

The cosmetology department welcomed the South Columbus Stallions on March 7 and the West Columbus Vikings on March 21 to the world of hair, nails and skincare at Southeastern Community College. Eli Murillo, lead cosmetology instructor, directed the tour through the salon, nail and esthetics classrooms, and the students got hands-on experience with eyebrows under the direction of senior cosmetology student Zemii Cisneros Nunez. 

“As soon as we walked onto the salon floor, numerous students’ faces lit up,” Murillo said. “They took pictures in front of our selfie wall. When we got to the nail room and esthetics room, students really started asking questions.”