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.