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Trust awards $250,000 to SCC

The Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust recently awarded a $250,000 grant to Stanly Community College (SCC) to upgrade equipment for the Radiography Program.

The radiography lab, where instructors currently use simulation equipment for demonstration and where students practice manipulating the equipment for various radiographic exams before attending clinical rotations, will go from digital simulation equipment to digital energized equipment.

Currently, the equipment does not allow instructors or students to make actual x-ray exposures of phantoms or mannequins. With the upgrade to digital energized equipment, instructors will be able to make actual exposures of phantoms to explain the effect of accurate patient positioning, appropriate selection of technical factors and effective shielding of anatomy. This will better prepare students to use the energized equipment currently used in clinical sites across the nation.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Stanly Community College, we want to thank the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust for their recent financial gift to our Radiography Program,” SCC President Dr. John Enamait said. “We are grateful for their support which will make a difference to our students studying to become radiographers.”

Enamait also noted that SCC is among one of the 28 community colleges in the state that offers radiography.

“This funding will be crucial in getting our labs ready for the newly revised Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation standards that will become effective in 2021,” he added.

Dr. Tammy Crump, Associate Vice President, School of Health Science and Public Services, explained, “Construction on the radiography lab and digital energizing equipment will take place over the summer and be fully operational for students to use during class sessions starting Fall 2020.”

Jessica Smith, Foundations Operations and Grant Coordinator, commented, “We are very thankful for the generosity of the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust. Their financial support will make it possible for students to continue gaining the knowledge they need to seamlessly integrate into the workforce once they graduate.”