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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Harley Jones

Close up of Harley Jones, outside.Despite Harley Jones’ job experience, he had difficulty advancing in his career field. In pursuit of better employment, Jones left his job and earned his High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma through the College and Career Readiness (CCR) division of Continuing Education at Sandhills Community College.

In a matter of weeks, Jones obtained his HSE diploma and landed a job at Unilever in Hoke County. “It has a superb reputation for being a leading industry, producing body wash, deodorant, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, colognes, perfumes, and more,” he said. Jones is in a production role, and with his HSE diploma, he sees a much brighter future with many opportunities for advancement.

“I now have a great career instead of a mediocre job,” Jones said. “I make twice as much income as my previous employer. I also have peace of mind knowing that the roadblocks I’ve had before are no longer an issue.”

While at SCC, Jones noted how helpful the staff was. “They know that everyone’s situations are different and are able to create schedules based on individual needs.” He enjoyed spending time working with other students who pursued the same goal as him, as well as the one-on-one time with his instructors.

Nicole Worley, director of College and Career Readiness, said, “We like to remind our students that an education is something no one can ever take from them. We have seen some of the hardest working, most determined students overcome some very tough challenges.”

Jones’ classes began in the classroom and then transitioned online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said it was a simple transition with Zoom tutoring sessions daily for a few weeks.

Jones’ career plans don’t stop at Unilever – He hopes to return to SCC in the future for the college’s Basic Law Enforcement (BLET) program. It sounds like Jones is following his advice: “Keep pushing for success, and no matter what, don’t lose sight of your goals.”

SCC offers HSE classes in Pinehurst, Robbins, Raeford, and through an online/hybrid format.

College & Career Classes

CCR classes are ongoing and there is no charge to take them. In addition to HSE, Adult Basic Education, Transitions English and Math, English Language Acquisition, and US Citizenship Preparation classes are offered. Students can train for careers in Healthcare, as a production technician or a firefighter while working toward the HSE.

To learn more or to register for a CCR orientation, call Continuing Education at (910) 695-3980 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or visit sandhills.edu/ccr.

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) begins on January 11 on the Pinehurst campus. These evening classes will be held on an alternating week schedule with one week from 6-11 pm Monday-Friday and the other being held 6-11 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am-5 pm on Saturdays. Successful graduates will receive a certificate in July.

To learn more, see www.sandhills.edu/blet. Contact Bob Kehoe to register or to discuss employment opportunities available upon completion at kehoer@sandhills.edu or (910) 693-2667.

Campus Health Precautions

For the continued safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, Sandhills Community College has installed additional hand sanitizing stations on campus, and a deep cleaning is being carried out each evening using EPA-approved disinfectants and foggers. A campus-wide sanitizing wipe down of door pulls and light switches is done twice each weekday and the use of water fountains has been discontinued. Service desk shields have been installed in high traffic areas.

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