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Teamwork Makes Our Community College Preeminent

Since 1963, when Mrs. Mary Luman Meyer gave the gift of 250 acres of land on Airport Road, the community has blessed and enriched the students, programs, and facility needs of Sandhills Community College.

The generosity in terms of time, energy, and philanthropic support is virtually unmatched by any community in the state. Residents volunteer as tutors, assisting the subsequent generation in general skills or working with them in the tutors’ field of expertise. Retired Engineers help students who are studying Engineering. Computer experts guide students in the Information Technologies programs.

During the past nearly six decades, Sandhills has achieved a level of excellence rare among American colleges. Much of that has been possible through the truly remarkable level of private support the College has received through the work done by the Sandhills Community College Foundation and its Board of Directors. Monetary gifts have changed thousands of students’ lives, modernized classrooms, purchased state-of-the-art instructional equipment, created the renowned Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and supported the high-quality cultural programs in the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

Students are supported in many ways because of the generosity of the community. Donations to the Foundation provided over $1,200,000 to over 800 students for the 2020-21 academic year. Through The Sandhills Promise, local high school students who successfully complete four CCP classes when in high school can attend SCC for two years immediately following their high school graduation. At the close of each semester, SCC faculty nominate and choose students for special recognition and monetary awards based on their scholarship and service.

The SCC faculty and staff are provided mini-grants. Each year, they present grant proposals for special projects that support and foster innovation and expand possibilities for programs and classes. The SCC Foundation also provides opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff through the support of the Teaching and Learning Center, international travel, sabbaticals, funds for employees seeking advanced degrees, and support for ongoing technical training.

The County of Moore partially funds SCC, being responsible for the cost of construction and maintenance of facilities. Thanks to the support of the County Commissioners, the County has a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan that upkeeps, renovates, and repairs buildings, parking lots, and sidewalks.

Because SCC educates most of the non-physician health care professionals in our area, combined with the ever-increasing need for qualified nursing and health science professionals, in May 2018, Moore County residents approved a $20,000,000 bond to construct additional classrooms and labs. The Foundation reached out to the community to request supplemental resources to help ensure the facility is state-of-the-art with the most current medical technology and advanced learning resources. Foundation Hall is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in the spring of 2023.

In 2015, NC voters approved a bond to build and renovate community college facilities for the benefit of students and to enhance the economic attractiveness of the state. The $3.8M provided to SCC, combined with private donations, allowed Sandhills to provide the region with the BPAC, a premier entertainment and educational facility. Owens Auditorium has been completely remodeled, and the improvement of three additional venues will impact for years the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of college students and residents.

The Sandhills region of NC is a unique and vibrant place to live, work, grow, and prosper because the community likes, encourages, and supports its College.

Library and Art Gallery

The Boyd Library at SCC is not just for student use; all Moore County residents are welcome to use the library. Simply ask for a library card at the circulation desk.

The library’s Barbara H. Cole’s Children’s Literature Center has more than 4000 items, including DVDs, children’s picture books, juvenile fiction, non-fiction books, and young adult books. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

The Teresa Wood Reading Room in the library provides a warm, inviting environment for reading a newspaper or curling up with a good book. The room is available to use for meetings, receptions, and classes.

Also housed in the library, The Hastings Art Gallery displays art, photography, crafts, and other artifacts. New guest or student art is displayed monthly.

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