Anticipating one of its highest summer enrollment numbers ever and offering a number of new summer camps from welding to cryptocurrency, Southeastern Community College won’t be in a down season after the spring semester ends.
The academic update came from Executive Vice President Sylvia Cox to the college’s board of trustees during a May 23 meeting. Cox said that summer classes started that day and the numbers were “trending up” from 2019, one of the college’s highest-enrolled summers on record.
The enrollment outlook is good news for SCC, Cox stated, explaining that all other N.C. community colleges have trended below average since the COVID-19 pandemic started. English did express hope that the prison education programs would fully return this fall, saying that certain programs had a “soft launch” this spring, and thus help the enrollment numbers.
Highlighting the next few months will be the “Summer Fest 2022,” on Thursday, June 16 from 4–9 p.m. Admission is free with vendor food options available.
“The event will feature live music from Uptown Easy, food trucks, carnival games, campus tours, car cruise-ins and more,” SCC said in a statement announcing the event.
The event is open to all students and the community.
Along with summer courses and Summer Fest, the college is offering a number of camps in a variety of fields. One purpose, Cox said, is so instructors can work for all 12 months under SCC’s “One College Model,” a new structural model started last summer that blends SCC’s continuing education and curriculum instructional divisions.
Camp offering include the following:
- A baseball and softball summer enrichment clinic June 13–15 from 9:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. each day. This camp is offered through Columbus County Parks and Recreation and is for kids ages 5–12. Meals included. Cost is $30 and registration is at 910-640-6624.
- Construction Summer Camp, from June 13 to July 27. This course is available for high school juniors and seniors and gives them trade skills such as carpentry, blueprint reading, electrical and HVACR. Meals and transportation included. For more information, contact Natalie Freeman at 910-788-6285 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Small Business Center Youth Camp, designed to give high-school kids entrepreneurship skills needed to become successful business owners. This takes place July 25–27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Space is limited to 20 people.
The following camps are available through the SCC Educational Talent Search. For more information, visit sccnc.edu/community/educational-talent-search.
- Science Camp, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20–23. The camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 16.
- STEM Music Camp, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27–30. The camp is for 6th to 12th grade students. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 23.
- Financial Literacy/Cryptocurrency Camp, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 6. The camp is for rising 9th to 12th graders. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 30.
- Camp Cardiac Care, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 11–14 and 8:45–11:30 a.m. on July 15. The camp is for rising 9th and 10th graders. Breakfast and lunch provided daily. The deadline to register is July 6.
In other news from the May 23 meeting, the board unanimously approved an increase in SCC President Chris English’s local pay supplement of $6,000 per year, retroactive to March. The action came after a closed session designed to go over English’s annual review by board members.
English told the board that the N.C. Association of Community Colleges will be asking lawmakers for more funding for its campuses, including more staff raises, during the ongoing legislative session. Those raises would be in addition to the ones given last year.
The board’s next meeting will be its planning retreat, which will take place Tuesday, July 19. English said that meeting shall include the anticipated presentation of the facilities master plan by Watson, Tate and Savory, hired last summer to create it.