Surry Community Hosts Education Fest on July 18

Surry Community Hosts Education Fest on July 18

Posted: Jun 12, 2019

Surry Community College is hosting Education Fest, a career exploration event for prospective students and their families, on Thursday, July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Dobson campus. The event headquarters will be at the Gym or the P-Building. Signs will be posted directing visitors to the gym. 

Learn more about many of the college’s programs and tour labs for Nursing Assistant, Electronics, Welding, Machining and Autobody. Participants can talk to instructors and program directors at the event to determine career options. 

This fall, Surry Community College is introducing a new schedule of Short-Term Training classes in Autobody, Electrical, Computer Programming, HVAC, Machining, Project Management, Digital Media, and Trucking Operations. Learn more about these offerings during Education Fest. The courses can be applied toward a certificate, diploma or degree. The tuition price is the same for Virginia and North Carolina residents. Online and evening classes are available, and classes start Aug. 15. 

Education Fest will also offer family fun activities, live music, and refreshments. Prospective students are invited to enter a $250 scholarship drawing by pre-registering for the event. The scholarship is possible due to the generosity of the SCC Foundation.

Several hands-on “make and take” projects for children will be offered including a children’s fingerprinting service, planting project, and bird house kits. A beekeeping and honey exhibit will also be featured. SCC offers a Horticulture certificate along with an Agricultural Class Series at The Pilot Center, which will be spotlighted at the event.

Music will be provided by Surry String Band. SCC offers many Music Classes including string band, mandolin, claw-hammer banjo, fiddle, and guitar. The college also hosts the Surry Old Time Music Camp for children and adults that will be held at the end of July along with the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention each spring.

Many Allied Health training programs are offered at SCC. Prospective students interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) can tour a working clinical lab during Education Fest. They will learn about the CNA I and CNA II, Medication Aide, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Coding and Billing, and Sports Medicine Technology.

The Public Services sector will be highlighted at Education Fest, so prospective students can learn about the college’s Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, and Fire & Rescue programs. 

The Surry County Sheriff’s Department and the Surry Community College Campus police will be on hand to discuss career options as a sheriff’s deputy or police officer. Students can pursue this line of work by taking the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training or BLET program, which is taught at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. 

The college offers a variety of Firefighting, Rescue and Hazardous Materials classes at the Emergency Training Center on the Dobson campus, as well as throughout the communities of Surry and Yadkin counties. Careers in this area will be highlighted at Education Fest with a fire truck on display from the Dobson Fire Department. 

Students from the college’s EMT-B and Paramedic programs will demonstrate lifesaving skills taught in the college’s nationally certified program. SCC’s program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Education Programs, so students can train at SCC, take a national exam, and then be employed anywhere in the United States without having to do any other statewide certifications.  

The college’s Truck Driver Training program will be featured at Education Fest with one of college’s tractor trailers on display. The nine-week program trains individuals to successfully take the North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License exam to obtain a CDL. Truck Driver Training is taught at SCC’s Yadkin Center in Yadkinville.

Information about the college’s High School Equivalency and Adult High School programs will be available at Education Fest along with the NC Works NextGen program, which is offered by Goodwill Career Connections for people 18 to 24 years old to help with educational and employment opportunities. Additionally, learn about the many job seeking classes for the unemployed or underemployed offered through SCC’s Human Resources Development, which are tuition-free and scheduled throughout the year in partnership with NC Works and Goodwill Career Connections. 

Be sure to pre-register for the event to enter the $250 scholarship drawing. If you have questions, please contact (336) 386-3398. 

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