Roberts team with SCC to offer new student program

September 9, 2013

The Sampson Community College Foundation and the Continuing Education Division have announced a new program designed to help students achieve their academic goals. This new program is appropriately named The Career Incentive Fund, organizers said.

The Career Incentive Fund has been made possible by Dr. John and Sharon Roberts through the SCC Foundation. The Roberts met with SCC Foundation director Lisa Turlington and Richard Stephenson to discuss the possibilities of helping students who wish to enter the medical field from an allied health level, and then advance further.

Richard Stephenson, Continuing Education director, explains. “The courses offered through the Continuing Education Division were short term courses that could be completed in one semester, and lead to state or national certification/licensure. Some of these medical courses are Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Healthcare Billing and Coding, Veterinarian Assistant, Medication Aide, and more.”

The Career Incentive Fund was then branded as “Short Term Educational Investments, Yielding Lifelong Returns.”

The program is designed to offer much more than financial assistance to students. The Career Incentive Fund will also allow students’ access to established mentors in the medical community who support and participate in the program. Job referral and referencing upon successful completion of course work will also be available.

The Career Incentive Fund will also provide benchmarks as it monitors student outcomes and success in several phases, with the first phase being the application process, part of which requires the student to submit an essay describing why they desire to work in the medical field. Student success will also be measured by tracking completion rates, post-graduation employment/educational advancement, and employer satisfaction. Turlington is pleased that the Foundation is able to match donor generousity with needs at the College and says, “The Career Incentive Fund is up and ready to help students. This is an exciting opportunity for the Foundation to support the Continuing Education Programs.”

The Continuing Education Division of Sampson Community College is planning an open house for the Fall to showcase the programs offered to the communities we are fortunate to serve and to provide networking opportunities. Gifts to the SCC Foundation may be sent to PO Box 318, Clinton, NC 28328.