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SCC Announces 2021 Academic Excellence Award Winner

Calvin Ford on the SCC campus.Sandhills Community College announces that Calvin Ford is the winner of the North Carolina Community College System’s 2021 Academic Excellence Award. One student from each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges receives the award each year.

“I would like to thank the Lord, my parents, siblings, and the many teachers that put effort into guiding me in my academics,” Calvin said.

SCC students who have a 4.0 GPA and more than 50 hours completed toward their degree are reviewed and considered eligible for the award. Faculty members submit a statement of support for candidates. The list is narrowed to the finalists with the strongest faculty support, and a vote is taken.

Calvin came to Sandhills after being homeschooled his entire education. “I came into college with a distaste for school, but by the end of my first semester, the teachers had lit a flame in my life for education.

“The college provided me with a social and academic experience I had never had before,” Calvin said. “That experience shaped me into the person I am today. As the semesters went by, the math classes and teachers I encountered nurtured my passion for engineering and helped cement my future education choice, as well as inspiring me to teach in the future.

“Because of that inspiration, I started working as a tutor, deciding that I would give back to the community that had so generously given to me. I was motivated to keep working hard by my fellow classmates and the faculty and staff of SCC.”

Calvin plans to transfer to North Carolina State University in the fall and major in electrical engineering.

Summer Semester

The summer semester begins on May 25 and June 29 for curriculum classes. Our Continuing Education classes have varied start dates throughout the semester.

Summer semester curriculum (college credit) classes are open to current, returning, and new students. Local students attending colleges outside of the area are welcome to take courses this summer at SCC. Credits can transfer back to the university, saving students time and money. New students can apply online, and an advisor will assist in registering for classes. Current or returning students may register using Self-Service or by meeting with their Advisor.

Fall Semester

A fall semester flightPath publication will be mailed to all Moore and Hoke County homes mid-July and will contain information about the Continuing Education classes set to begin August through December and all curriculum programs.

Curriculum classes will begin on August 16. In addition to the traditional 16-week semester, there will be two eight-week sessions, one beginning August 16 and the second October 14. Students can take a mix of full-semester classes alongside eight-week sessions. These online and hybrid classes can lead to an Associate in Arts degree or three Business Certificates with additional program classes to be added Spring Semester 2022.

Transfer Programs

Sandhills Community College was the first comprehensive community college in the state of North Carolina to offer a transfer program. The University Studies program is designed for students whose goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree at a university. Students can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, or an Associate in Fine Arts at Sandhills. The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation are recent additions, and an Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre program is scheduled to begin in the fall semester of 2022.

CCP Classes for High School Students

High school juniors and seniors can take SCC classes at no cost by enrolling in the Career and College Program (CCP). The program has 47 Career Technical pathways, 13 Continuing Education pathways and 54 college transfer courses. High school students can contact their counselor to learn more or follow the “Programs” link from the college’s home page, then click “High School Programs.”

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