Sampson Independent

SCC, Telamon head to farm

The partnership between Sampson Community College and Telamon continued this week. Students visited farms in Sampson County and were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

“They are really excited,” says Shatarra Williams, Program Coordinator for Telamon. “Today they were able to pick their own watermelons and cantaloupes on the farm.” Students participating in a summer-long program learned about the agriculture business up close and personal this week.

The career exploration venture is a partnership between Telamon and Sampson Community College. Students get an insiders-view into what kind of programs the college has to offer and potentially a future field of study and career for some of them.

“Our goal is to educate them about agriculture,” says Chet Bass, Applied Animal Science Technology Department Chair at SCC. “So often, we don’t understand where our food comes from. Now we have brought them here to the farm to see it and pick their own fruit. Many of these students who will grow up here will have careers in agriculture so this is really a great opportunity.”

For more information about SCC’s Applied Animal Science program, contact Chet Bass at

Students pick cantaloupe on a field trip. pick cantaloupe on a field trip.

By Dan Grubb

Sampson Community College