Stanly Community College
|Stanly Community College|
|President||Dr. Brenda Kays|
|Location||Albemarle, North Carolina, USA|
|Satellite||Locust, North Carolina, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Yellow|
|Affiliations||North Carolina Community College System|
Stanly Community College (SCC) is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina (NC) Community College System (NCCCS). SCC is located in Albemarle, NC with a satellite campus in Locust, NC. This institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The college serves over 10,000 students annually in all types of programs including associate degree, diploma, certificate, general education, occupational training, adult literacy, and a comprehensive online degree program.
Chartered in 1971, Stanly Community College opened in temporary headquarters on the old South Albemarle High School campus that same year. A faculty of eight instructors offered classes in auto mechanics, air conditioning and refrigeration, secretarial science, industrial management, brick masonry and business. In five months the school grew from 31 students to almost 400, and discussions began about the possible construction of a new campus.
Construction on the new campus began in 1974 and in October 1975 the Academic/Administration Building (now the Patterson Building) and the Vocational Shop Building were completed. The latter structure has since undergone renovations and now houses the college’s student recreational room, cafeteria, student success center and bookstore. In the fall of 1998 it was renamed the Webb Student Center in honor of Dr. H.T. Webb, a long-time college trustee. The Kelley Building — named for Annie Ruth Kelley, first chair of the college’s board of trustees — opened in 1981. The college purchased the 1960-era Industrial Training Center in 1981. This facility, recently renovated, is now known as the Continuing Education Center. It presently houses the college’s vocational/industrial, public service/health, and corporate/professional development programs.
In 1987 a new two-story classroom/lab building was completed to house the college’s extensive allied health programs. The next building on campus to be built was a much-needed library/classroom facility. Completed in early 1996, the 27,000-square-foot building houses SCC’s library and TV studio facilities on the first floor and seven classrooms and the college’s North Carolina Information Highway Center on the second floor. These buildings now bear the names of two Albemarle residents who are long-time college supporters. The Allied Health Building was renamed the Eddins Building in honor of Dr. George E. Eddins, Jr.
The Learning Resources Center/Classroom Building was named the Snyder Building in honor of Edward J. Snyder, Jr., former member of the board of trustees and former member of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The newest building on the main campus was finished in early 1999 and named the Whitley Technology Center in honor of Elbert L. Whitley, Jr., a member of the SCC board of trustees since 1977 and chairman since 1983. This 10,000-square-foot facility is home to six state-of-the-art computer labs that allow the college to offer the latest technology courses and programs to SCC students.
In September 2003 a satellite campus opened in Locust, NC – the Crutchfield Education Center. This 33,000-square-foot facility was named for Edward E. Crutchfield, a Stanly County native and retired CEO of Wachovia Bank. The campus is a complete college in itself, with faculty and staff office space, large modern classrooms, computer labs, health services and biology labs, a conference room, bookstore, and a distance learning classroom and media/resource center. The Crutchfield campus also serves as a regional training center for in-service law enforcement, and is home to the regionally recognized Carolina Auction Academy.