Johnston Community College welcomed alumni to campus July 9, kicking off its Back to Class Alumni Scholarship Program.
Some 30 alumni attended the information session held in the Learning Resource Center, and 20 enrolled in a class for the fall semester.
“The potential of completing another class is always good, especially if it’s paid for,” said alumna Karla Gleva of Knightdale.
Coordinated by the JCC Foundation, the Back to Class Alumni Scholarship Program is designed to reconnect graduates with the college while encouraging their continued education, said Twyla Wells, executive director of the JCC Foundation.
“Given the fallout from the recent years of extreme economic challenges and our increasingly global economy, there is the realization of our foundation that many of our alumni’s present educational and training proficiencies are no longer sufficient for current workforce needs,” Wells said. “We felt this was an excellent opportunity to get alumni reconnected to the college while building a wonderful new addition to our existing programs being supported by the JCC Foundation.”
“The foundation is very excited to begin reaching out to our alumni, and what better way to do this than by offering our graduates something of tangible benefit?” Wells added. “Our alumni are our best testimonials for this institution, speaking to the excellent and quality education afforded by our faculty. We want to be supportive of these individuals and not only while they are students but beyond as they develop in their careers and professions.”
Any individual who has received a curriculum certificate, degree or diploma from JCC and who is not presently enrolled is eligible to take up to three curriculum credit hours or 48 continuing education hours for free. Participating alumni are responsible for student fees, books and any materials needed for class.
At the information session, counselors, admissions and registration staff, and deans were on hand to answer questions about eligible course options and to assist with enrollment.
Jonathan Faison of Micro earned his associate’s degree in networking technology from JCC in 2009. Faison said the free class is a nice incentive since he’s considering a career change.
“I’m here to learn more about the Bioworks program,” Faison said. “I’m just not satisfied where I’m at right now, and I just want to learn more about what other career opportunities are available.”
JCC will hold a second Back to Class information and enrollment session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Learning Resource Center. To register, or to find out more information about alumni opportunities, call the foundation office at 919-209-2222 or go to johnstoncc.edu/foundation/backtoclass.aspx.