DOBSON — Several curriculum and continuing education programs, along with staff and faculty members, were recognized by Surry Community College President Dr. David Shockley for excellence during the college’s spring 2017 faculty/staff meeting held on April 28 on the Dobson campus.
Ron Hill, director of Basic Law Enforcement Training, was recognized with a resolution from the SCC Board of Trustees for the work of his division. The North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division announced the 2016 results of the Standards Examination for SCC. Students in both the daytime and evening sections of BLET achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for first-time test takers. The daytime BLET Program has achieved 100 percent for first-time test takers for the ninth consecutive year.
NC Board of Cosmetic Arts has announced the 2016 Cosmetology State Board Results for SCC. The SCC Cosmetology Program students achieved a passing rate of 100 percent. Robin Minton, Sarah Ayers, Corrine Cook-Reynolds are the instructors.
Surry’s Licensed Practical Nursing students achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for first-time test takers on the 2016 National Council Licensure Examination exceeding the state passing rate average of 79 percent and the national passing rate of 83 percent. Dr. Yvonne Johnson, director of the Nursing Program and associate dean of Health Sciences, accepted the resolution from the SCC Board of Trustees on behalf of her team. SCC’s LPN Program also has been recognized by the NC Council of Practical Nurse Educators as an exemplary school of nursing for achieving a 100 percent passing-rate average from 2014 through 2016.
The NC Office of Emergency Medical Services has announced the 2016 Paramedic Certification Testing for SCC. The Paramedic Program students achieved a passing rate of 100 percent. Vicki Ramey, director of EMS Programs, and Kenneth Vaught, instructor and coordinator of the Emergency Medical Program, accepted the resolution and were recognized.
The NC Department of Public Instruction has announced that for the academic year of 2015-2016, Surry Early College High School of Design had a 100 percent graduation rate and awarded the Surry Early College High School a letter grade of “A+” for overall performance, academic growth, and meeting federal performance requirements. Surry Early College Principal Kevin Via was recognized for this accomplishment.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has announced that for the academic year of 2015-2016, Yadkin Early College High School had a 100 percent graduation rate and also awarded the Yadkin Early College a letter grade of “A” for overall performance, academic growth, and meeting federal requirements. The Yadkin Early College was represented by Principal Tracy Kimmer.
The SCC Distinguished Staff Award recipient for 2015-2016 is Kasey Martin. Martin is the coordinator for Student and Community Engagement and has been employed at SCC five years.
The President’s Recognition of Meritorious Service Recipients are: Darrin Billings, assistant CIS director and assistant systems administrator; and Betty Cheek, Moodle technician in Technology Services.
The SCC Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for 2017 is Cherise Millsaps, who is coordinator of Development Reading and English and has been employed at SCC 15 years.
The Dean’s Awards for Meritorious Teaching are: Michael Dixon, lead instructor, Welding; and Heather Willard, Psychology and Sociology instructor.
For the third consecutive year, Surry’s Customized Industry Training Program finished in the Top 4, of all 58 North Carolina community colleges, in Customized Industry Training Projects. Shockley recognized Sam Brim, director of Business & Industry Services; Dale Badgett, coordinator, Small Business Center; Hope Trumpie, Business & Industry Workforce specialist; and Rachel Hiatt, Jobs Connect/Workforce specialist, for their work.
Surry Community Colleges student-produced wine Surry Cellars continually receives awards at local, state and national competitions. Since 2013, college wines have earned 50 regional, national and international medals. Most recently the 2013 sparkling wine received “Best Sparkling, Lot 152” and a Double Gold in the NC State Fair Wine Competition. Surry Cellars also recently won a NC Fine Wines Society Award. SCC will be hosting the NC State Wine Fair Competition Judging on July 28-30. Employees recognized were: David Bower, enology instructor; Joseph Geller, viticulture instructor; Darren Redding, Viticulture & Enology technician; and Ashley Morrison, division chair, Sciences.
Surry Community College received recertification approval in Fall 2016 from the North Carolina State Bar in order to continue as a designated qualified Paralegal Technology Program for the next five years. The Paralegal Technology curriculum at Surry prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, and drafting and filing legal documents.
Without approval from the NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification, SCC’s Paralegal Technology students would not be allowed to take the North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal examination, which is required to become a North Carolina Certified Paralegal. Students enrolled in Surry’s Paralegal Technology program can earn an Associates in Applied Science Degree or a Paralegal Certificate. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies and other business organizations.
Shockley also praised the welding instructors for their recent awards. Michael Dixon, lead welding instructor, has received the 2015-2016 Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year District Award, from the American Welding Society. Dixon was selected from District 4, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In 2014-2015, Dixon received the “Howard E. Adkins Memorial Teacher of the Year Award” from the American Welding Society, Section 140/Charlotte Region. David Wall, welding instructor has been awarded, for 2015-2016, the “Howard E. Atkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award” for the Carolina Section 87, inclusive of Surry, Forsyth and Guilford counties.
Surry was named Military Friendly School for 2017 and has been designated “Military Friendly” consecutively since 2011 by Victory Media. Tammy Fletcher, coordinator of Veterans Affairs, was recognized for her efforts in working with the college’s military students.
Surry’s AKTION Club (Creating Successful Learners Students) have competed and won awards at state and national competitions.
SCC is registering students for summer and fall classes. Registration is open for summer and fall 2017 classes. Summer classes begin May 22 and June 27. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information, contact Student Services at 336-386-3264 or go to www.surry.edu.