The reasons why Representative Jamie Boles went to Sandhills Community College as a young man in the 1980s are quite similar to why people choose the college today.
“I didn’t have much money and I wanted to stay locally,” says Boles, now serving his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly, representing Moore County. “After high school, I was working for McKeithan Funeral Home in Southern Pines and wanted to begin work on a degree. I had taken a continuing education course at Sandhills to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and liked what I saw. Sandhills had the people who cared about the future of students. They still do.”
In 1981, Mr. Boles completed his associate’s degree in business at Sandhills and then went to mortuary school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He returned to the area and in 1984 – incredibly, at age 23 – purchased the funeral home, now named Boles Funeral Home and Crematory. “Making final preparations for members of the community is my highest honor,” he says.
Over the years, Mr. Boles has recommended Sandhills to many employees. “They can stay at home with their family, work full time and still get an outstanding education,” he says.
His work in the state legislature has proven to him, even more, the value of North Carolina’s community college system.
“In today’s economy, vocations and professions change rapidly,” Representative Boles points out. “Sandhills Community College gives citizens the opportunity to change with changing times while remaining right here in Moore County. Plus I see Sandhills working hand in hand to provide the workforce our county needs, including jobs in medical and industrial areas.
“I was proud to fill the North Carolina General Assembly seat held by H. Clifton Blue,” Mr. Boles concludes. “He was a fan of Sandhills and so am I.”