The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

March 19, 2014

SCC has a new articulation agreement

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — There has been a great deal of press about the “skills gap” that exists in our country. Essentially, there are jobs that are unfilled because people lack the necessary skills for the work required. For instance, according to a recent National Association of Manufacturers survey, 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs remain unfilled.

Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to tour local business and industry and develop a greater understanding of our local skills gap. From our research, we have developed several new programs that helped our school better align with the needs of our community.

In that vein, you will see some new initiatives and transformations at Stanly Community College as we develop our new Allied Health Center in Locust and Advanced Industrial & Manufacturing Technology Center in Albemarle. I am equally excited about some new statewide initiatives that will help our students further their education.

Recently, the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system, signed a new Comprehensive Articulation Agreement that makes it easier for Stanly Community College students to transfer their SCC classes to a North Carolina university. This clarity is wonderful news for our students.

Here are some of the key points to consider:

n Completion of the college transfer degree guarantees completion of undergraduate general education and pre-major courses and transfer of 60 semester hours of college credit, if the student is admitted into the transfer institution and major.

n N.C. universities will publish four-year degree plans and coordinate with the N.C. Community College System to provide pathways leading to completion of the associate’s degree, admission to the major and completion of the baccalaureate degree.

n Here’s a tip for parents and students to save some money — summer classes at SCC. With the new CAA, you can take classes that will count toward your university degree. If you are just thinking about a university education, this is a great opportunity to start at SCC. And here’s the best part: you can do this at half the cost. A cost per hour comparison shows that Stanly Community College credit hours are much less than public and private costs per hour. Save yourself some time and money by registering for classes at SCC today.

Feel free to contact our Eagles 1-Stop at (704) 991-0123 or visit www.stanly.edu to see how we can help start or further your educational needs.

Stanly Community College has a strong reputation as an institution where student learning and success are given top priority. Our faculty offers quality learning experiences in an environment that is collaborative and supportive.

SCC doesn’t see you as a number on a registration form — we treat you as an individual and seek to meet your individualized needs. The professional staff is poised to help students obtain their educational and career goals.

At SCC, we strive to help students meet their educational goals and dreams … that’s why we are changing lives.

Brenda Kays is president of Stanly Community College. She plans to write a monthly column for The Stanly News & Press.

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