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Ms. Lanier has been with DFCS for 28 years. She is currently serving as the Deputy Section Director for the Permanency and Placement section. She is responsible for managing the Adoption, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Unit, and the Socia…

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Bradley Riley had his sights set on becoming an attorney but he needed a strong foundation to get him started. He decided Central Carolina would be the perfect stepping stone to help him achieve his goal. In 2015, Riley graduated from CCTC with his Associate in Arts degree. While he was at C…

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On Friday, June 4, 2021, three Morris College Biology students reported to Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. for their 10-week summer research internship. In preparation for completing the internship, the students attended a two-hour virtual orientation boot camp on Thursday, June 3…

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Sumter, S.C. – Morris College celebrated its Class of 2021 with an in-person outdoor Commencement Convocation on May 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Solomon B. Jackson, Jr. Administration Building. Mask wearing was enforced and the graduates were only allowed to have three…

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Major Joshua N. Nunnally, Executive Officer for Director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was recently selected Below the Zone (BZ) / Merit Based (MB) to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). Major Nunnally will be promoted one year early …

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The average age for a man having a heart attack in the United States is 65 so there is no need to worry about heart problems until you reach age 65.

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Dr. Deloris Y. McBride, Ph.D., associate professor of Computer Information Systems at Morris College graduated virtually on May 1, 2021 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Technology from Capitol Technology University. Surprisingly, with a full work load, teaching responsibilities, and extracurri…

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The Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center hosted a dedication ceremony on Sunday to celebrate the community support that has made possible the Center at 411 N. Salem Ave., which serves residents in the state’s third judicial circuit. 

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In the 1970s, Butch Presson decided to take advantage of the GI Bill based on his service in the United States Navy. Presson decided to enroll in the Environmental Engineering Technology program at what was then Sumter Area Technical College – now Central Carolina Technical College.

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Morris College held its Spring 2021 Honors Day Convocation on March 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the Neal-Jones Auditorium. Traditionally, Morris College's Honors Day Convocation included an in-person ceremony where honorees and their family along with campus faculty, staff, and students could…

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Dr. Henry Darby, 1975 Morris College alumni, Charleston County Councilman, and Walmart Associate at Walmart in North Charleston, South Carolina - lives up to the Morris College mission statement – “to produce graduates who can pursue useful and productive careers and in so doing enhance thei…

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Sumter, SC — Central Carolina Technical College received six awards from the 8th Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards (EDMA), which recognizes the best websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media in higher education. CCTC competed with colleges an…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will begin awarding more than $400 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to 266 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico an…

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SUMTER, SC (08/04/2020) Central Carolina Technical College announced that qualifying students across Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties will have access to free mobile hot spots and monthly internet service through South Carolina’s Online Learning Initiative.

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Sumter, SC — J. Mac Summers of Sumter County has stepped down as chairman of Central Carolina Technical College’s 12-member Area Commission, the college’s official governing board, after 15 years of service. Paul Napper of Kershaw County has been appointed as the new chairman.

Summers has a long history of serving on CCTC’s Area Commission Board. He was originally appointed to serve as a board member in 1988 and served on and off, due to a work-related move to North Carolina, in the 1990s. Summer was appointed chairman in 2005 and served until May 2020. Summers considers the hiring of two exceptional presidents, Dr. Tim Hardee and Dr. Michael Mikota, as his top accomplishments during his tenure with the commission. “The commission gave them [Hardee and Mikota] direction to grow the college’s influence and they both did that very well,” said Summers.

Even with his time as chairman ending, Summers hopes to see the college continue to grow in its influence, particularly in terms of its impact on workforce development. “I would like to see the college continue to work with our local businesses and industries, to ensure they have the skilled employees they need to be successful. Central Carolina is a vital part of bringing new business and industry to the area,” said Summers.

Summers retired in 2014 after 34 years serving as Director of Human Resources for the North America Operation of Apex Tool Group. Summers previously served as the chairman of the Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board and as president of the Sumter Human Resources Management Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Santee Senior Services and the United Way.

As the governing body of the college, the CCTC Area Commission is responsible for development and operation of Central Carolina in accordance with Act 743 of 1962 as last amended by Act 49 of 2015 and the standards set forth by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. The CCTC Area Commission consists of 12 voting members appointed by the Legislative Delegation.

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Paul Napper of Kershaw County has been appointed as chairman of the Central Carolina Technical College’s 12-member Area Commission, the college’s official governing board.

Paul Napper of Kershaw County was officially appointed as chairman at the July meeting of the Area Commission. Napper is a Kershaw native and brings extensive professional and community service to the commission. Napper retired in January after 40 years serving as the executive director of the ALPHA Behavioral Health Center.

Napper has served as a member on the CCTC Area Commission since 2015. During this time, he has recognized the important role the college plays in training and growing the area’s workforce, particularly the health care sector. “I am honored to assist the college as it fulfills its comprehensive educational mission and I have complete confidence in the staff and faculty,” said Napper. His priorities as chairman are to hire a new college president and to help continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, volunteer work has always been a priority for Napper. He remains deeply engaged in the community serving as a member of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, chairman of the Sandhills Medical Board, representative for the Selective Service System and a board member of the Jackson Teen Center. Napper previously served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kershaw Health Hospital.

In January 2020, Napper received the Order of the Silver Crescent from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, the highest civilian honor for community service. It is awarded to residents of South Carolina for exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 770 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 6 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 17,955 and those who have d…

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FLORENCE — Francis Marion University’s nursing program has received initial accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

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Francis Marion University named 523 full-time students and 25 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring semester. An additional 514 full-time students and 26 part-time students made the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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 Mr Bobby Barnes Scouting career spans 67 years, which includes his time as a youth and an adult volunteer. He has attended Philmont Scout Ranch four times, Florida Sea Base five times, National Order of the Arrow Conference three times, and has attended 32 Order of the Arrow Conclaves. Mr B…

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Recently, I had the honor of sitting with five Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) from VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in a quiet private airport in Reno, Nevada. We were waiting for their jet, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force, to arrive and whisk these heroes away to New Jersey. They were o…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – In the best interest of the health of all South Carolinians, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), S.C. Hospital Association (SCHA), S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) and S.C. Office of Rural Health (SCORH) issue the following joint statement:

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 434 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 15,228 and those who have …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 542 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 14,800 and those who have …