Growing demand for nurses

DOBSON – There’s little doubt there are jobs waiting for nursing students. “Demand is huge,” Lory Puckett, a nursing instructor at Surry Community College, declares in the accompanying video. “The demand in nursing has always been there, and it’s going to continue to be there, because we have an aging population,” Puckett says.  “…So with… READ MORE

47% transfer students at UNC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – There’s more and more talk these days of students starting their post-secondary education at a community college, then transferring to a four-year university. And UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois welcomes it. “Of our incoming class of new students … about 47 percent are transfer students,” Dubois says in the accompanying video. “And those transfer… READ MORE

Welding at Surry – ‘the sky’s the limit’

DOBSON – The welding shop at Surry Community College is a study in supply and demand – and the upshot is high wages for welders the college trains. Five-and-a-half years ago, Surry had 12 welding students, President David Shockley says in the accompanying video.  Then a company arrived nearby that needed welders – and today… READ MORE

What motivates someone to teach?

CHARLOTTE – The pay isn’t much.  The working conditions can be rough.  Yet some feel driven to teach. “Teaching is one of the most important professions right now,” Dean Ellen McIntyre of UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education says in the accompanying video. “There’s really hardly a profession as important and as honorable.” State officials… READ MORE

Community colleges ‘take students wherever they are’

DOBSON – Many of us don’t realize how many ways community colleges touch our lives. “We truly reflect the citizenship of our region,” President David Shockley of Surry Community College says in the accompanying video.  “We are the most diverse higher education entity in the world.” The students and their needs are so varied, Shockley… READ MORE

Fruit of the vine at Surry Community College

DOBSON – Grow grapes from tobacco soil?  They said it couldn’t be done. But construction and real-estate developers Charlie and Ed Shelton believed the red clay of the Yadkin Valley shares climate and growing conditions with some of the best wine-growing regions in Europe, so they launched Shelton Vineyards in 1999. A new industry to… READ MORE