Grad wastes no time finding post-SCC career

SCC Graduate John Yeager chats with SCC Counselor Sharon Leggett.

Talk about fast! Sampson Community College’s commencement ceremony was just held on May 15th and no sooner did John Yeager turn his tassel than he proceeded to land a new career at Prestage. He is starting work as a data entry professional.

Yeager — who served as a marshal for last year’s graduation ceremony, returned with even more motivation to this year’s ceremony in order to receive his own degree.

A native of Sampson County, Yeager is no stranger to serving or finding motivation. He is a United States Army combat veteran who joined shortly after 9/11 and served multiple tours in Iraq and who was awarded multiple medals for valor and the war on terrorism, among others.

“I can tell you I would not have found this new opportunity in my life without Sampson Community College”, says Yeager. “I’ve had many jobs in my lifetime but I finally decided I wanted a career—and that’s what I gained through SCC.”

SCC was a natural option for Yeager being close to home. He double-majored in Business Administration and Accounting and graduated with high honors. While he began searching for job prospects a full year before completing his degree, it was after he sought assistance from Student Services Counselor Sharon Leggett that his career path began to flourish. Leggett helped with Yeager’s resume’ and off he went.

An initial interview was scheduled and then he was called back for a second interview. Though he has been offered a data entry position in the Accounting department at Prestage, Yeager will be cross-trained to do various positions within the department.

“Preparing our students to be successful in their chosen fields of study is core to the Mission of Sampson Community College,” says Dr. Paul Hutchins, President of SCC. “It is especially rewarding to see our graduates find employment with our local businesses and industry partners in Sampson County. SCC wishes John great success with his position with Prestage Farms.”

“I already knew how to present myself in an interview,” said Yeager. “But without the knowledge I gained at SCC, I wouldn’t have had a clue and never would have made it through the door” That knowledge gave him the confidence to achieve his ultimate goal of being able to have a career and provide for his family to put down roots where he is originally from.

SCC’s graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015 is airing all month on SCC-TV channel 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and 8pm. Sampson Community College is also hosting an Open House event on June 15th from 5pm to 7pm and the public is welcome. If Yeager’s success is a barometer for whether or not you or your loved ones should attend to enhance their lives, indicators say potential students or their family members should attend the event.