Sandhills Community College has entered into a collaborative program with NC State University to provide academic training and advising to students passionate about a career in agriculture and have a desire to earn a degree from NC State.
NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) PackTrac program will help SCC students prepare for challenging careers in agriculture, as well as graduate or professional schools with high-quality academic programs. Students who successfully complete the two-year program at Sandhills will be admitted to NC State University in selected CALS programs.
Students in the PackTrac program will receive specialized academic success training and academic advising from both NC State and Sandhills. A general advisor in CALS, as well as a CALS departmental advisor from their major of interest, will be assigned. They will work closely with the Sandhills’ advisors to make sure course credit hours will transfer.
Those in the program will learn about all aspects of agriculture and the life sciences and will be equipped to be leaders in North Carolina’s agricultural industry, gaining exposure and experience related to the many careers in the industry. Agriculture includes food, fiber, and forestry and contributes $84 billion to the state’s economy. This industry accounts for more than 17 percent of the state’s income and employs 17 percent of the workforce.
Sandhills CALS PackTrac participants earn guaranteed admission in the following CALS departments: Agricultural and Human Sciences, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Animal Science (Industry Concentration only), Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Agricultural and Environmental Technology major only), Crop and Soil Science, Horticultural Science, Plant and Microbial Biology, and Prestage Poultry Science.
Participants may major in Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Education, Agricultural & Environmental Technology, Agricultural Science, Animal Science (production only), Extension Education, Horticultural Science, Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Plant & Soil Science, Poultry Science, Soil & Land Development, and Turfgrass Science.
CALS PackTrac participants must have a cumulative GPA (3.0) for all transferable courses taken at SCC, have 30 semester hours of transferable credit from SCC, be eligible to enroll at NC State University with the UNC-system minimum course requirements, and plan to major in a participating program.
The CALS and SCC Advising Teams
CALS offers a dedicated team to explain programs, opportunities, services, and resources available to interested students. NC State advisors Tricia Buddin, Bianca Glaze, and Anne Hubbard may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-515-2614. SCC Director of Recruiting Ryan Riggan may be contacted at email@example.com or 910-246-5365.
The UNC-Chapel Hill C-Step Program at SCC
In 2012, SCC joined with UNC-Chapel Hill in the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence (C-Step) Program. This rigorous program allows SCC graduates to transfer to and graduate from Carolina. C-STEP participants must be low-to-moderate income high achievers and earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from SCC within five semesters. The program has other requirements, and when participating students complete C-STEP, they are guaranteed admission to UNC-Chapel Hill. Once they have enrolled at Carolina, they are provided with transition and support services while pursuing their bachelor degrees.
For further information about C-STEP, please contact the SCC C-STEP Coordinator Tim Nocton, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910- 695-3787.
Spring semester begins at Sandhills Community College on Wednesday, January 10. Current curriculum students can register for classes using WebAdvisor through December 29. New students are encouraged to apply online at sandhills.edu and come to the college on January 3-5 to discuss an academic plan with an advisor and take a placement test if necessary. New student orientation will be on Monday, January 8 at 11:00 am. Qualified applicants will then register for spring semester classes. Tuition must be paid in full before the first day of classes.