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SCC Announces 2020 Academic Excellence Award Winner

Matthew Pittman poses for a photo in front of a plaque.Sandhills Community College announces that Matthew Pittman is the 2020 Academic Excellence Award winner.

“I am honored to be a recipient of the North Carolina Community College Academic Excellence Award,” said Matthew. “My journey at SCC is truly one of my greatest accomplishments in life, and I would like to thank God, my family, and friends that I have made along the way. When I graduate in May 2020, I will be the first in my immediate family to earn a college degree.”

Each year, Sandhills Community College, students who have a 4.0 GPA and more than 50-hours completed toward their degree are reviewed and considered eligible for the North Carolina Community College System’s Academic Excellence Award. Faculty members submit a statement of support for a candidate and are allowed to vote. The list is then narrowed to the finalists with the strongest faculty support. Only one student from each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges receives the award each year.

Matthew’s journey began at Sandhills Community College when he started as a dual-enrolled homeschool student, taking general education classes at 16. During that time, he was unsure of what degree he wanted to pursue. Later that year he became interested in computer technology. “I quickly learned that I was more passionate about learning to program computers.” Matthew decided to pursue a degree in Computer Programming with a Development Database Specialty.

Since Matthew was homeschooled most of his life, he wasn’t sure about what to expect when he arrived at SCC as a full-time student. “I found that SCC is a very welcoming and friendly environment. In the beginning, starting a new program of study was challenging, but I always did my best to work hard and keep school a priority.”

Matthew excelled in his new environment, even obtaining an internship at Southern Software, which equipped him with valuable hands-on experience. “I am very appreciative of SCC and the professors in the computer department who have supported me along the way,” he said. “I have strived to maintain a 4.0 GPA because of the opportunities that have been given to me by SCC and the Breakthrough Scholars Program, funded by the generous Weiss family.”

What’s next for this Academic Excellence Award winner? Matthew aims to acquire a position as a full-time position as a software developer, and then return to school for his bachelor’s degree.

Summer and Fall Semesters

Summer Session C curriculum (college credit) classes begin on June 30. All classes are online this summer. The fall semester starts on August 17.

New students can apply online, and an advisor will assist in registering for classes. Orientation will be online. Current or returning students can register for summer or fall classes using Self-Service.

The last day to apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA is July 9 to receive money in time to pay for the fall semester.

Continuing Education classes begin on various dates. Courses leading to careers in manufacturing, construction, public safety, and more can be found on the Continuing Education section of the College’s website (sandhills.edu).

Campus Health Precautions

For the continued safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, the college has converted as many classes as possible to online or hybrid (online plus limited face-to-face interaction). Additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed 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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