Rural Routes is a series that examines the many ways North Carolina’s institutions of higher education embrace and support our state’s rural communities. The series is sponsored in part by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

  • 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
  • Nursing degrees explained DOBSON – The sea of letters can seem baffling – LPN, RN, FNP, CMA…. “Whenever you go into an office, you’re going to see a lot of different faces, and not ... Read more
  • High demand = high pay for nurses DOBSON – High demand usually means high pay – and depending on their skills and experience, some nurses enjoy very comfortable wages. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with a one-year degree ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
  • “I began at Surry” DOBSON – Lory Puckett knows that if she could do it, so can others. Puckett, a nursing instructor at Surry Community College, is very literally a master of her craft.  She ... Read more