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CCCC offers community Speakers Bureau

06.01.2010 • Admin, Faculty & Staff, Arts & Entertainment, College & Community

SANFORD – Central Carolina Community College adds another community resource to its services with the establishment of a Speakers Bureau.

“This is one more way we at the college are strengthening our service to the communities we serve,” said college President Bud Marchant. “We are excited about this new opportunity to share our expertise.”

The Speakers Bureau consists of members of the college’s administration, faculty and staff. Their years of education and experience in the topics they speak about can enliven and enlighten any community meeting. 

Organizations, clubs, schools, churches, businesses, and civic groups in the college’s service area of Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties are invited to schedule speakers. All presentations are free.

So far, about 25 administrators, faculty and staff are available to speak on almost 100 different topics. The topics range from business ethics to the War on Terror, from the Constitution to organic gardening. 

Presentations are available in the following categories: Athletics and Sports Science, Automotive Restoration, Business and Industry, Current Events, Education, Educators/Colleges, Green, Health and Wellness, History, Job Search, Leadership, Literature, Music, Regional, Religion and Spirituality, Small Business, and Technology.

George Clayton, CCCC lead instructor for Human Resources Management and Operations Management, said the Speakers Bureau was established not only to provide a service to the college’s communities, but also to raise awareness of what the college and its people do. 

“There are a lot of people here with talent and knowledge that will benefit the community,” he said. “I hope people will look at the Speakers Bureau pages at the web site – they say something about the college.”

Clayton and Jon Matthews, the college’s dean of University Transfer, Health Sciences, and Developmental Studies, recently did a presentation on business ethics for the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Leadership Sanford class. Both are available through the Speakers Bureau.

“We wanted a high quality presentation and we certainly got that,” said Bob Joyce, Chamber president. “A lot of times, the community thinks of the college as a place for classes and programs, but not as a resource for speakers. It is a great resource because of the breadth of topics offered and the expertise there. I definitely think the Speakers Bureau will be an asset to the community. I applaud the college for setting it up.”

CCCC offers community Speakers Bureau

Cathy Swindell, CCCC director of Industry Services, spent years as a quality professional in industry before coming to the college in 1997. She holds a number of professional certifications as well as a B.S. in Technology Education: Training and Development for Industry. Her topics include “Women in Non-traditional Job Roles,” “Training the Workforce,” and “Manufacturing in North Carolina: An Overview.”

CCCC offers community Speakers Bureau

Carl Bryan, Social Science and Wellness Department chairman, has been at CCCC since 1992. He has a Master’s in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bryan was in on the ground floor of the World League of American Football (now NFL-Europe) working with the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks. He is an NYSCA Gold Level Sports coach, with coaching credentials from Cal Ripken baseball, Pop Warner, and Football America. Among his speaking topics are “Coaching Youth Sports,” “Sportsmanship and Character,” and Stress Management.” 

CCCC offers community Speakers Bureau

Johnny Shull, lead instructor of Business and Economics, has been at CCCC since 2005. He has an M.B.A. from Campbell University. He was in the Class of 2008 of GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellows at NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues and is an Adjunct Scholar of Economics at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Shull has served as mayor of Coats, Coats Chamber president, and president of the Harnett County Local Government Commission. His topics include “Emerging Economic Issues,” “Healthcare,” and “State of the Economy.”

CCCC offers community Speakers Bureau

Bianka Rhodes Stumpf, director of Distance Education, came to CCCC in 2004 after years as an Honors and AP American history teacher at Lee County High School. She also teaches history at CCCC and Campbell University. Stumpf has her M.Ed. in Social Science Education from Campbell. She has completed post-graduate work in history at Fayetteville State University, specializing in African and African-American studies. Her topics include “Black Biography,” “Highlights of the African-American Experience,” “Malawi,” “The American Civil War Era,” and “Teaching with Technology.”