House Speaker Moore: ‘The single greatest priority we have’

WINSTON-SALEM (Feb. 28, 2018) – NC House Speaker Tim Moore voiced broad support for public education at a special gathering this week. “When it comes to our state budget, education is the single largest item, because it’s the single greatest priority that we have – and we’re going to continue to fund it,” Moore told… READ MORE

Community college: ‘It’s not less than’

DOBSON – David Shockley has felt it himself. He’s felt the stigma, he says in the accompanying video, that going to community college is somehow less than being a student at a four-year university. As his own friends left home for four-year schools, says Shockley, the President of Surry Community College, “I can remember feeling… READ MORE

Putting the ‘community’ in community college

DOBSON – There’s a reason they’re called community colleges. North Carolinians embrace their community colleges in both big ways and small. “We have had individuals in the community that just are always on the lookout for students in need.  And I’ll get a call that says, ‘OK, this student is headed your way – please… READ MORE

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

Closing the ‘interest gap’

CHARLOTTE – We hear a lot about the skills gap – people without jobs and jobs without people. But in the accompanying video, Jennifer Haygood, Acting President of the NC Community College System, describes what’s known as the “interest gap” – a lack of interest in or awareness of the jobs available with an industry… 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

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