DOBSON — Surry Community College’s trustees were told Monday night the school’s accreditation has been reaffirmed and praise was given for graduation rates in three programs offered by the college.
College President Dr. David Shockley told the board the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission On Colleges (SACSCOC) had notified him the college’s accreditation had been affirmed with this status set to be evaluated again in 2024.
Shockley discussed the 100 percent pass rates in the Licensed Practical Nurses program, Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) graduates and a new truck driving program. He told the board eleven students recently graduated from the BLET program and passed the State Comprehensive Written Examination. All 16 of the Licensed Practical Nurses program graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX and 15 students received certificates for completing the nine week truck driver’s program which is a collaborative effort between SCC and Caldwell Community College.
He said the successes were “a testament to the quality and dedication of the faculty and staff.” The school is slated to host the Blue Ridge Region of the North Carolina Truck Drivers’ Association annual meeting on Sept. 18.
Shockley also briefly talked about the benefits from the back-to-industry workforce initiative program at the school. He said out of 46 in the trucking, welding and industry technician programs ten were veterans, with 34 receiving career ready certification, 19 completing forklift operators training and 23 completing Occupational Safety and Health Administration training. He said 29 unemployed or under employed are now back in the workforce and 13 additional welders are set to start in the program by next week.
Shockley informed the board there were no exceptions or areas of concern in the final report of audit findings for the education program, which is required by state statute. The period of review was from spring semester 2012 through the spring semester of 2013.
Executive Vice President for Operations, Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Haygood commended Shockley in a letter and the SCC staff for the “excellent manner” following record keeping procedures prescribed by the State Board of Community Colleges.
Surry Community College Foundation Director Marion Venable told the board the first capital campaign planning meeting has been held and a goal for the two-year effort has been set at $4 million in unrestricted monies. Venable said this year’s foundation golf tournament had netted $70,000. She said a total of $794,000 had been raised in the 18 years of the event.
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