• News for Education

    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Funds will support purchase of smart, 180-degree panoramic camera.   Tiffany Ruiz, a medical office administration instructor at Johnston Community College, has received a classroom technology grant from Wake Electric Membership Corporation.   The grant in the amount of $1,065 will support the purchase of a smart, 180-degree plug and play Jabra PanaCast camera, which will allow online students ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    SMITHFIELD - The JOCO WORKS Career Expo kicked off today at Johnston Community College with nearly 2,000 of Johnston County’s eighth graders in attendance. The event is an industry-led collaborative supported by education, business, civic, and government partners created to meet the Johnston County workforce needs of the future. “JOCO WORKS is a large collaborative effort. More than 13 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Business, Community, Education
    Friday, November 08, 2019
     Dr. Terri Holston Lee is the new vice president of institutional  effectiveness and  strategic initiatives at Johnston Community College.  In her new role, Lee will lead institutional effectiveness, strategic enrollment management, and information technology services at JCC.   A Smithfield native, Lee said she is most excited about using data-informed decisions to improve student success and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Education
    Friday, November 01, 2019
    Event is open to the general public from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14.  The inaugural JOCO WORKS Career Expo will be held Nov. 14-15 at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, N.C.  Presented by Novo Nordisk, JOCO WORKS is an industry-led collaborative supported by education, business, civic, and government partners created to meet the Johnston County, North Carolina (JOCO) workforce needs of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Center serves as a one-stop shop for students.The new Student Success Center at Johnston Community College is officially open and serving students.  The center is a comprehensive one-stop shop, enhancing the front-door and onboarding experience for new and current students.  Located in the Tart Building in the heart of JCC’s main campus, the center integrates and houses a variety of student ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Press Release
    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Highway Upgrades, Workforce Skills, Industry-Ready Sites and Buildings Are Top Priorities for One of North Carolina’s Fastest-Growing CountiesJohnston County, N.C. – November 30, 2017. Jobs and population are growing at rates faster than the state or nation, and that puts a premium on transportation improvements, occupational skills and buildable industrial properties. Those were among the key ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Political, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Shannon Snipes, a fifth grade teacher at Selma Middle, is the recipient of the 24th Annual Flame for Learning Award. Snipes was honored at the annual Flame for Learning Banquet held on April 25, at the Clayton Center. Hosted by the county’s Chambers of Commerce, the award comes with the title of “Johnston County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.”  “I was overwhelmed with joy that in my ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    SMITHFIELD, North Carolina— There is strength in numbers, and school system principals, staff, and students are on a mission to showcase the strong community ties within the towns of Smithfield and Selma. On Saturday, April 22, planners—to include Johnston County Schools and the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce— will host #SSStrong Day, a special event featuring entertainment ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Education
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    Center is a job placement resource for JCC students and area employers. Johnston Community College is pleased to announce the opening of its Career Services Center. The center provides a variety of services to help students develop job search skills and locate employment. The center is located in the Wilson Building, Room 1034, just across from Student Services. Career Center staff assist ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016
    By: Shannon Mann For the second year, the Neuse Charter School freshman class will host a “Couch to 5K” color run on Sat., Nov. 5th, 2016 starting at 10am. The class and community fundraiser started in 2015 as a way to encourage health and fitness among Neuse Charter students, while increasing stamina and endurance in rising athletes. “We noticed across-the-board cardiovascular issues among our ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    At its meeting on Tuesday, September 27, the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognized several Smithfield-Selma High School seniors who have been nominated for highly competitive, prestigious college scholarships in North Carolina.   The 4-year Park, Morehead-Cain, Levine and Belk Scholarships are offered respectively to attend, N.C. State University, the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Monday, September 26, 2016
    BY MARTI MAGUIRE,Correspondent Smithfield Herald SELMA - A half-dozen middle schoolers gather around the pool table at the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County. It’s just after 3 p.m., and Mamie Moore stands at one side of the table, asking them about their school day. One boy offers, a little sheepishly, that he had a hard time in math class. A girl says she felt really confident taking a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, General News Article
    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Twenty Johnston County high school students recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2016. Sponsored by Duke Energy, Junior Leadership Johnston helps youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education and government affairs. The program, hosted by Johnston Community College, is open to rising high school juniors. It lasts one week and gives ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    Nine Selma Middle students who showed growth and proficiency on their end of grade tests won new bicycles thanks to support from the community. Several area businesses, churches, and community members generously donated the bicycles to be awarded as prizes to the students. Students in every grade level who met the performance criteria on their end of grade tests had their name placed in a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Education
    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    From JohnstonCounty.today BB&T in Smithfield has committed to donate $10,000 to Partnership to Build a Miracle. BB&T has been supporting the Miracle League since their first season, and has supported many important projects and organizations in Johnston County.Partnership to Build a Miracle is a collaborative effort between the Partnership for Children of Johnston County and the Miracle League of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Monday, April 04, 2016
    MOUNT OLIVE - Earl W. Worley, Jr. has been elected chair of the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees.  He replaces Darrell Horne, who has served on the Board since 1986 and as chair since 1999.   “I want to thank my predecessor, Mr. Darrell Horne, for the leadership he has provided the Board during the past 16 years as chair,” Worley said.  “He has done an outstanding job and the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, March 21, 2016
    JoCo RoBos take home Rookie All-Star Award and two safety awards.Johnston Community College’s JoCo RoBos put robot CODI to his first test this past weekend and the results were outstanding. “It was the perfect ending to their performance as we prepare for the Campbell University competition on April 2-3,” said Lance Gooden, director of mathematics, engineering, and social sciences programs at ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Johnston Community College is pleased to name Grifols its 2015 Business and Industry Partner of the Year. The award was announced Feb. 18 at the College’s annual Breakfast before Business event. Grifols was selected for the honor based on its continued commitment to educational educational programs and opportunities for business and industry,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “They also ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016
    Johnston Community College is one of 150 two-year institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Two-year colleges are considered for the award based on their performance in three key areas: student outcomes, consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Education
    Monday, November 16, 2015
    By unanimous vote, the Johnston County Board of Education has selected Dr. David Ross Renfrow as the district’s new superintendent on Nov. 16. Renfrow, a 22 year veteran of Johnston County Schools, currently serves as the district’s deputy superintendent, a position he has held since Jan. 2013. “I am confident we have found a true leader in Dr. Renfrow, and the Board agrees that he is the best ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    By: Shannon Mann North Carolina’s newest face on Capitol Hill spent an hour visiting Neuse Charter School Wednesday. Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) came to Johnston County’s only charter school this week to learn about the organization of Neuse Charter and meet its leaders, staff and students. This was the congressman’s first visit to a charter school in his district and the school’s first ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber Statement on Quality EducationAdopted by Chamber Board of Directors 6/23/2015 The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that quality education contributes significantly to our county’s economic health and that it is an issue that concerns everyone in Johnston County -- citizens and business community alike. We are committed to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, September 04, 2015
    Johnston Community College, Johnston County Economic Development, and other community partners celebrated 10 years of success at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center during a luncheon on Tuesday. College, county, and industrial leaders gathered to recognize the collaborative effort which created the 30,000-square foot education and training center in 2005. The purpose of the Workforce ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Selma Middle welcomes 12 new educators Selma Middle School has welcomed 12 new educators to its halls for the 2015-2016 school year. Joining the team are Tabitha Ammons, Alexander Burgess, Samantha Determan, Patricia Ann Leitner, Michael Llaury, Cynthia Markham, Shawna Marie Phillips, Emily Shelton, Brandon Sullivan, Aaron Tipping, Chrystal Trammell, and Kimberly Whipple. Kimberly Whipple will be ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    The Spartan Football Team was recently featured on a national level when it appeared on the cover of the National Football Foundation’s website “Football Matters.”  The team was featured for its selfless dedication to come together off the field and donate their Saturday morning to mixing, weighing, packaging, and sealing 10,000 meals in two hours with the Raleigh-based organization Stop Hunger ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Johnston Community College welcomed two new trustees and reappointed another at its July board meeting.  Jonathan Breeden of Clayton is an attorney in the Cleveland community and helps clients in the areas of family law, criminal defense, estate matters, and contracts.  Breeden earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State University and his law degree from Campbell ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, May 01, 2015
    Smithfield-Selma High School’s Cynthia Hutchings is the recipient of the 22nd Annual Flame for Learning Award.   Hutchings, a 9th grade English 1 teacher, was honored at the annual Flame for Learning Banquet held on April 28 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Chick-fil-A of Smithfield was the presenting sponsor of the award and Rev. Lee Colbert, pastor of the First Baptist Church in ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    The Education Committee of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce honored seven local elementary school teachers on November 3 at its semi-annual Semester SuperStars Luncheon at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Smithfield.  These teachers were nominated by their principals and recognized as outstanding educators in the Smithfield-Selma area. The teachers were given a plaque and a bag full ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Education
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    From The Smithfield Herald Students from every Johnston County high school, including Neuse Charter School, have completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2014. Junior Leadership Johnston helps young people prepare for leadership roles in business, community, education and government affairs. The one-week program, open to rising high school juniors, gives students the opportunity to visit and ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    The Performing Arts at Johnston Community College is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary Concert Series line-up.  Season tickets are currently on sale and individual tickets will go on sale August 5th.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the JCC Box Office at (919) 209-2099 or by visiting www.jccperformingarts.com.  Patrons wishing to purchase 3 or more ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, Press Release
    Friday, May 30, 2014
    The Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County presented the 21st Flame For Learning Award at a banquet on May 15 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Named recipient of the award was Emily Westbrook, a 12th grade English teacher at West Johnston High School. The banquet had been postponed from April 29 due to tornado warnings in Johnston County that night. With the award comes the title ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Monday, May 19, 2014
    After 18 years of working in the airline industry, Margaret Raynor decided to retire in 2005. She tried several different jobs over the next six years, but she still wasn’t fully satisfied. “One day my husband and I were sitting around talking, and he suggested I go back to school and pursue a career in the medical field,” Raynor of Smithfield recalled. “At first, I didn’t think that was a good ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Community
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Academic Achievers Luncheon on March 31 at Johnston Community College to honor the top juniors from the Smithfield-Selma area high schools.  Students in attendance were recognized for their hard work and dedication that has allowed them to excel in their educational careers. Students from the five high schools that are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, March 21, 2014
    Smithfield-Selma High School senior Taylor Leposa has been awarded two prestigious scholarships to attend East Carolina University.   East Carolina University awarded Leposa with both the EC Scholars and Business Scholars scholarships, which will award full tuition plus several stipends for her undergraduate studies at ECU.   The EC Scholars program is a merit scholarship program that attracts ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    The Johnston Community College Foundation is preparing to host its spring fundraiser, An Evening for Education, on Thursday, April 10. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Clayton home of Denton and Jane Lee. The fundraiser generates monies to assist the Foundation in providing scholarships, emergency book funds and academic support services for students, as well as innovation grants and ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, March 14, 2014
    Johnston Community College in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast before Business event Friday, Feb. 28 on the main campus in Smithfield. Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank, and KS Bank. The College recognized Sona BLW Precision Forge, Inc. as the recipient of its ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast®   Johnston County at the Benson Conference Center in Benson on May 9, 2014.   Sponsored by Johnston Community College and the Town of Benson, the Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including Benson. This year’s speaker ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    Smithfield-Selma High School has officially recognized candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, who will be the 2015 inaugural class.   The following students were honored for their accomplishments in the IB program: Emma Lampe, Daniel Avila, Emma Szczesiul, Ashton Makey, Ina Colon, and Sarah Wieland.   IB students follow a rigorous, two-year college-level ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    In 2007, Selma Elementary, a Title 1 school in Johnston County, started the county’s first Dual Language program with one class of 25 kindergarten students comprised of both native English and Spanish speakers.    Today, Selma Elementary School has 15 classrooms of students learning English and Spanish in kindergarten through fifth grade.    Recently released test scores from the North ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Community, Press Release
    Friday, November 15, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma High School Spartan Regiment brought home a national title after competing in the USBands National Championships in New Jersey last weekend. The Spartan Regiment competed on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, and was crowned the IV-A Open National Champion after competing against 11 other ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Neuse Charter School, Johnston County’s only charter school, held a Groundbreaking Ceremony Monday afternoon on a three-story, 33,000 square foot state of the art facility. The new school building will consist of 15 classrooms, two science labs, two technology labs, and four “floating study areas.” A number of local business, school and elected leaders spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony held ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Johnston Community College has a new Small Business Director, effective September 18. She is Patricia (Pat) Killette. Ms. Killette has been the SBC Director at Wilson Community College for eight years. She is a resident of Johnston County and has owned a business here. Pat has also been an instructor for the SBC at JCC. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics and will truly be ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Education
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    The students in Joey Smith’s Johnston County History class at Smithfield-Selma High School are not only learning about our county’s rich heritage, but are also helping to spread that heritage to the rest of the world. The class, which is taught to honors-level juniors and seniors, has been in the county curriculum since it was developed and approved by the Johnston County Board of Education in ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    Because of the importance of teachers in developing and educating children, the Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County (Benson, Clayton, Cleveland, Four Oaks, Kenly, Princeton and Smithfield-Selma) adopted the Flame For Learning Award.  In so doing, it has been the goal of the local chambers to support and elevate the teaching profession in the public schools. This award recognizes outstanding ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    Smithfield-Selma High School, after months of intensive training and screening, has been accepted for the Dipolma Programme as an International Baccalaureate World School. Drew Duetch, Director of IB Americas, stated, “The school navigated the rigorous authorization process smoothly”.  Feedback from the authorization visit has been provided to the school in order for the school to successfully ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, February 01, 2013
    Smithfield-Selma High School Senior, Valerie Davis, was selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With less than 15% of nominees selected to advance to this level, Valerie is certainly among a very distinguished group. She will go on to participate in regional selection interviews in January. The ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Monday, October 08, 2012
    Smithfield-Selma High School Principal, Michael Taylor, announced on Wednesday, October 3rd that SSS Senior Celeste Loia has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Friday, July 27, 2012
    The Chamber was a host for a community information meeting on July 31 about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Over 200 people from all over Johnston County attended the meeting that explained the accreditation process. Smithfield-Selma High School will start offering IB courses this fall and hopes to have the complete program in place within a year. Any student in the county can ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Tuesday, May 29, 2012
    The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization awarded a $1,000 Cargill Community scholarship to Smithfield-Selma High School senior and FFA member Breanna Williams. Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, sponsors the scholarship. Breanna plans to use these funds to pursue a degree in agriculture education at North Carolina State University in the ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Thursday, April 19, 2012
    RALEIGH - Smithfield-Selma High School’s Lamar Minter was recognized on Saturday, April 14th at the Triangle Town Center Barnes & Noble store (Raleigh, NC) as one of the winners in the “My Favorite Teacher” contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble. Minter was nominated by SSS Junior and AVID student Solieth Fabian, who first came to know Minter as a student in his homeroom class and also through his ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Mrs. Tammy Leonard, a third grade teacher at West Smithfield Elementary School, was recently presented the Smithfield Selma Chamber "Teacher of the Month" Award for the month of January. Chamber President, Mr. Rick Childrey, and Director, Mrs. Sarai Daniels made the presentation to Mrs. Leonard. Mr. Chad Jewett, principal of West Smithfield Elementary along with the third grade ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education

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