Sandhills Community College had its founding in the early 1960s and officially opened to students in 1965 under its first president, Dr. Raymond Stone. Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandhills CC was the first state college to allow students the opportunity to transfer and complete a 4-year baccalaureate degree. Today, Sandhills Community College has about 4,000 students enrolled full or part-time in college courses and several thousand more participating in different educational programs.
The opportunities for local students are extensive, as SCC offers everything from associate degrees with direct entrance into state universities to technical programs and courses for students still attending high school. The success rate of students who continue on to the University of North Carolina is one of the feathers in SCC’s cap. In general, the curriculum can be broken down into majors designed for 4-year degrees, technology programs designed for direct entrance into the field and programs in the healthcare profession which include both elements.
Courses in Automotive Technologies, Computer Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Cosmetology, Golf Course Management and Technology, Hospitality and Culinary Technology, Management and Business Technologies, Physical Fitness Technology and Landscape Gardening are very career-oriented and aimed at placing students into the field directly after graduation. Students interested in entering the nursing profession can choose from the Associate Degree in Nursing, the Nursing Assistant Program or the Practical Nursing diploma. Other majors vary from general studies to arts & sciences focuses. While students are free to change their majors through the accepted procedures, Sandhills requires entering students to declare a major.
In addition, Sandhills offers customized training and career readiness programs to continuing education students, as well as distance learning programs.
Accreditation for Sandhills Community College is provided by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.
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Sandhills maintains an open-door policy when it comes to their admissions department. Standardized testing is not mandatory, thought it may speed the class placement process along (the Acuplacer test will be required if not). In general, the GED certificate or standard high school diploma is the necessary foundation for students looking to attend college courses in the North Carolina State system. Programs are available at Sandhills for students who are looking to fulfill these basic requirements.
Applications can be completed online on the school website, where additional requirements for certain programs are laid out. Priority registration for summer and fall classes usually has the deadline around mid-April.
The Financial Aid Office at Sandhills Community College is there to help students figure out how to pay for their higher education. The process should begin with the applicant filling out the FAFSA online. The school code for SCC is 002961. Once this form is complete and the student receives an aid package, Sandhills staff members may ask for verification of al the documents included in the FAFSA.
In general, all U.S. students have access to federal grants and loans. Pell Grants and FSEOG awards are accompanied by the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the North Carolina Student Incentive Grant and the North Carolina Community College Grant. Scholarships are also available, from the North Carolina Educational Lottery Scholarship to others with local and federal funding.
Aside from grants and scholarships, students may be awarded loans to help pay for school, or PLUS loans for parents. Once on campus, work-study programs are another option for students.
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Students at Sandhills Community College can take part in a number of activities and also have access to student services. For anyone needing counseling or tutoring, help is available. Student clubs include the Baking and Pastry Club, the Optimist Club, the Esthetics Club, the Student Government Association, the Outdoor Club and the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Clubs revolving different majors include the Sandhills Association of Nursing Students, the Hospitality Club and the Radiology Technology Club.
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Sandhills students have the opportunity to compete in the NJCAA’s Region X, which covers the tri-state area. Men’s sports include basketball and golf. Women’s options include volleyball and golf. Around the Dempsey Center is where most of the athletic facilities are located. Other facilities are located nearby in Southern Pines Reservoir Park. All athletes must meet the eligibility requirements as laid out by the Athletic Director.