College’s BLET Program Ranked #1 in N.C.,  Other Programs Recognized for Excellency

College’s BLET Program Ranked #1 in N.C.,  Other Programs Recognized for Excellency Surry Community College programs were recognized for excellence at a recent Spring/Faculty Staff meeting. Left to right: Ronald Hill, Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET); Robin Minton, Lead Cosmetology Instructor; Yvonne Johnson, PhD, RN, Associate Dean of Health Sciences; and Eileen Coleman, PT, DPT, Director of the Physical Therapist Assisting program.

Posted: May 14, 2019

Many Surry Community College programs were recognized during the Spring/Faculty Staff meeting in April with 100 percent pass rates for first-time test takers including the Basic Law Enforcement Training or BLET program that was ranked Number 1 in the state for 100 percent pass rate. 

The N.C. Criminal Justice Standards Division announced the 2018 results of the Standards Examination for SCC BLET students. Students in the Daytime 1 Program of BLET achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for first-time test takers. The Daytime 1 BLET Program has achieved 100 percent for the 12th consecutive year. BLET Nighttime Program has achieved 100 percent passing rate of first-time test takers and has achieved 100 percent for the sixth consecutive year. In 2018, SCC’s BLET Program was ranked Number 1 in the state for 100 percent pass rate. 

The Detention Officer Training Program students have also achieved a 100 percent pass rate for first-time test takers on the State of N.C. Criminal Justice Standards Division Examination for the second consecutive year. 

BLET Director Ronald Hill was presented at the meeting with a resolution from the SCC Board of Trustees by SCC President Dr. Shockley. 

N.C. Board of Cosmetic Arts announced the 2018 Cosmetology State Board Results for SCC. The SCC Cosmetology program students have achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for first-time test takers on the Cosmetology licensure exam for the second consecutive year. 

Lead Cosmetology Instructor Robin Minton accepted a resolution from the SCC Board of Trustees on behalf of the Cosmetology faculty including Sarah Ayers and Corrine Cook-Reynolds.

SCC’s Nursing and Physical Therapist Assistant programs were honored at the meeting. 

SCC Associate Degree Nursing students have achieved a passing rate of 100 percent, for first-time test takers, on the 2018 National Council Licensure Examination exceeding the state passing rate of 91 percent and the national passing rate of 85 percent. The Associate Degree Nursing students have achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for first-time test takers on the 2018 National Council Licensure Examination exceeding the state passing rate of 91 percent and the national passing rate of 85 percent.

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students have achieved a passing rate of 100 percent, for first-time test takers on the 2018 National Council Licensure Examination exceeding the state passing rate of 95 percent and the national passing rate of 86 percent. The LPN Program has achieved 100 percent passing rate of first-time test takers for the fifth consecutive year.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean, Health Sciences, was presented with resolutions from the SCC Board of Trustees for both of these accomplishments.

The SCC Physical Therapist Assistant program students achieved a 100 percent passing rate for first time test takers on the 2018 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examination exceeding the N.C. passing rate of 98 percent of Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Programs and 84 percent for U.S. Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Programs. SCC’s PTA Program has achieved 100 percent passing rate of first-time test takers for the second consecutive year. 

Dr. Eileen Coleman, PTA Program Director, accepted the resolution from the SCC Board of Trustees at the meeting. 

Other programs and individuals were recognized for their high standards and excellent work. 

The NC Department of Public Instruction announced that for the academic year of 2017-2018, Surry Early College High School of Design was awarded by the N.C. Department of Instruction, a letter grade of “A” for overall performance, academic growth, and meeting federal requirements.

The NC Department of Public Instruction announced that for the academic year of 2017-2018, Yadkin Early College High School had a 100 percent graduation rate and has also awarded the Yadkin Early College a letter grade of “A” for the highest level of overall performance, exceeding academic growth, and meeting federal requirements.

In 2018, Surry’s Customized Industry Training was ranked in the top five amongst all 58 community colleges in Customized Industry Training Projects.

Surry Cellars, the college’s Viticulture and Enology program winery, continually receives awards at local, state, national and international competitions.Since 2009, Surry Cellars has received 93 medals – 39 in North Carolina, 18 nationally and 18 internationally. Surry Cellars has received honors for having The Best: Sparkling, Dessert, and Hybrid Wines in N.C. competitions. Surry Cellar’s Iced Petit Manseng received a 90-point rating in 2018 by James Suckling, a renowned wine critic and writer.Surry Cellars won Best Sparkling wine for the third consecutive year in the N.C. Fine Wines Case Competition for Lot 153 Sparkling made from 2014 Petit Manseng.

The Knights’ Grill of SCC was awarded 100 percent Sanitation Rating during two inspections by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Environmental Health Section on May 23, 2018 and March 29, 2019. 

The college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society was awarded a “5-Star Chapter” along with a dozen more awards for projects, chapter status, advisors, and officers. Student Yohana Nava will serve as the PTK Carolinas Region VP for the upcoming academic year. 

Surry has been named “Military Friendly School for 2019” and has been named “Military Friendly” consecutively since 2011.

SCC Math Instructor, Katie Bowman Culler, was recently named a 2019 DREAM Fellow. She is one of eight NC State University Education Doctoral students to receive this honor.

SCC’s Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education, Dr. George Sappenfield received the NADO Award for partnering with Mount Airy City Schools for the creation of their disc golf course. He was also inducted into the Class of 2018 Disc Golf Hall of Fame. Sappenfield designed the first competitive flying disc golf course for the International Frisbee Association and has designed an additional 25 disc golf courses during his career.

SCC’s Vice President of Technology Services, Dr. Candace Holder, recently received the Laura Thomas Award from NC AHEAD. She received this recognition for her dedication, knowledge of disability law and policy, and through the Virtual Learning Community (VLC) of the North Carolina Community College System for her single-handed leadership for implementing ADA Compliance in the state.


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