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State Authorization for Online Learning

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Institutions offering distance education courses or programs must provide current and prospective students with the contact information for filing complaints with the college, its accrediting agency, and with the state agencies that handle complaints in the students’ state of residence.

The State Authorization Federal Regulation Chapter 34, ß 600.9(c)
If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.


States in which Sampson Community College (SCC) serves Distance Learning Students

States regulate which institutions can offer education to its citizens. Sampson Community College must comply with the state regulation requirement based on the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. To meet this requirement, SCC has joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to serve students in states outside of North Carolina.

The states in which the college is authorized to serve students are listed below. If you reside in a state not on this list, you are not eligible to register for online classes at SCC at this time. If you have questions, please contact a member of the Distance Learning team at SCC:

Marion Pope, Director of Distance Learning

(910) 900-4074

mpope@sampsoncc.edu

AlabamaIndianaNebraskaSouth Carolina
AlaskaIowaNevadaSouth Dakota
ArizonaKansasNew HampshireTennessee
ArkansasKentuckyNew JerseyTexas
ColoradoLouisianaNew MexicoUtah
ConnecticutMaineNew YorkVermont
DelawareMarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
District of ColumbiaMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
FloridaMichiganOhioWest Virginia
GeorgiaMinnesotaOklahomaWisconsin
HawaiiMississippiOregonWyoming
IdahoMissouriPennsylvaniaPuerto Rico
IllinoisMontanaRhode IslandVirgin Islands

California is not part of NC-SARA. As an out-of-state public institution, SCC is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. SCC is in compliance with California regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to California residents.


Filing a Complaint

Sampson Community College (SCC) is a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). Students are advised to begin the process at the institutional level.

SCC is dedicated to resolving student complaint in a timely, fair, and amicable manner.  Distance Learning students attending SCC who would like to resolve an academic or non-academic related complaint should follow the processes outlined in the SCC Catalog & Student Handbook [PDF] on page 215.  Students who wish to file an appeal for Academic Suspension should follow the Appeal of Academic Suspension process found in the SCC Catalog & Student Handbook on page 209.

If assistance with an academic complaint is needed, please contact the VP of Academic and Student Affairs.

Blair Hairr, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

(910) 900-4006

ahairr@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

If assistance is needed for a non-academic complaint you will need to contact the Dean of Student Services, Dr. Marvin Rondon. For academic suspension related questions contact the Director of Financial Aid, Marleen Powell.  Documents may need to be printed, signed, emailed, or faxed.  These requested documents for the type of complaints mentioned above can be sent to the respective person according to the type of complaint, or to the Distance Learning department to be forwarded. The Distance Learning contact information can be found below.

Dr. Marvin Rondon, Dean of Student Services

(910) 900-4006

mrondon@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28318

Marleen Powell, Director of Financial Aid

(910) 900-4075

mpowell@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

Marion Pope, Director of Distance Learning

(910) 592-8081 ext. 5007

mpope@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328


SARA North Carolina Portal Liaison:

Terrence R. Scarborough, M. P. A.
Director of SARA North Carolina

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
PO Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27629


Is Sampson Community College accredited?

Yes, Sampson Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges, 118 Southern Ln, Decatur, GA 30033, (404) 679-4500, www.sacscoc.org, to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

If a complaint cannot be resolved through SCC’s grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with SARA-NC (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement-North Carolina).
Contact Information:

SARA North Carolina Director

(855_ 727-2162

complaint@saranc.org

NCSEAA
PO Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27629

These resources may also be helpful in resolving complaints:

The North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints Unit.

Please review the Student Complaint Policy then submit the complaint to: https://studentcomplaints.northcarolina.edu/form

North Carolina Post Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints

(919) 962-4550

223 S. West Street | Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27603

Regional Accreditor (SACSCOC) Complaint Process

If a student has evidence that an institution is in significant non-compliance with SACSCOC standards, policies, or procedures, the individual should inform SACSCOC using the Complaints Against Institutions: Information Sheet and Form.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

(404) 679-4500

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033


State Authorization Liaisons per state


WHAT ABOUT LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS OFFERED BY SAMPSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

Sampson Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). However, NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. If you are not a resident of North Carolina but you are enrolled in courses or programs leading to professional licensure, please contact the lead of the degree program at Sampson Community College to discuss licensure options prior to beginning your course of study.

It is also highly recommended that you also contact the state in which you plan to practice to verify any state requirements before beginning your program at Sampson Community College. Please click the link for more information on public and private organizations not associated with Sampson Community College NC SARA Professional Licensure Directory and State Portal Entity Contacts.

If you are considering a program at SCC that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that corresponds to your desired program.

You may view the disclosure for each program or certificate to know which Sampson Community College program curriculum:

  • meets state educational requirements for licensure or certification,
  • does not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification, or
  • has not made a determination.

Health Programs

Dr. Allie Apperson, Division Chair, Health Programs

(910) 900-4120

aapperson@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
LPN – ADN DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of NursingNursing Licensure by State

Nursing State Contracts
Medical Assisting Licensure DisclosureAmerican Association of Medical AssistantsMedical Assisting State Contacts
Nurse Aide I Licensure DisclosureNC Division of Health Service RegulationNurse Aide I State Contracts
Nurse Aide II Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of NursingNursing State Contracts
Practical Nursing Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of NursingNursing State Contacts
Emergency Medical Science Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of Emergency Medical ServicesEMS State Agencies

Cosmetology

Loreta Jones, Department Chair, Cosmetology

ljones@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
Cosmetology Program Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art ExaminersCosmetology State Agencies

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Anthony B. Davis, Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training

(910) 900-4040

adavis@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards CommissionBLET State Contacts

Allied Health

Stanley A. Royal, Director of Human Resources Development/Allied Health

(910) 900-4014

aroyal@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contacts
Nurse Aide I Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Division of Health Service RegulationNurse Aide I State Contacts
Nurse Aide II Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of NursingNursing State Contacts
Pharmacy Technician Certification DisclosurePharmacy Technical Certification BoardPhlebotomy Technician State Agencies
Phlebotomy Technician Certification DisclosureAmerican Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc.Phlebotomy Technician State Agencies
Veterinary Assistant Certification DisclosureThe National Association of Veterinary Technicians in AmericaAmerican Veterinary Medical Association State Agencies
Medical Administrative Assistant Certification DisclosureNational Healthcareer Associationhttp://nhaow.com
Electronic Health Records Assistant Certification DisclosureNational Healthcareer Associationhttp://nhaow.com
Cardiovascular Technician Certification DisclosureNational Healthcareer Associationhttp://nhaow.com
Natural Hair Care Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art ExaminersCosmetology State Agencies
Manicurist Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art ExaminersCosmetology State Agencies

Emergency Medical Science

Angela Magill, Coordinator of EMS Programs for CE

(910) 900-4009

amagill@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
CE Emergency Medical Sciences Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of Emergency Medical ServicesEMS State Agencies

Firefighter & Rescue

James DeMay, Public Safety Director

(910) 900-4138

jdemay@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramLicensure/Certification OrganizationState Agency Contact Information
NC Firefighter and Rescue Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of the State Fire MarshalU.S. Fire Administration State Agencies
NC Driver Operator Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of the State Fire MarshalU.S. Fire Administration State Agencies
National Fire Academy Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of the State Fire MarshalU.S. Fire Administration State Agencies

Transportation

Anthony Fiorito, Director of Transportation Programs

(910) 900-4042

aforito@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
Commercial Driver’s License, Class A Licensure Disclosurehttps://www.ncdot.gov/dmvU.S. Department of Transportation State Agencies
Commercial Driver’s License, Class B Licensure Disclosurehttps://www.ncdot.gov/dmvU.S. Department of Transportation State Agencies

Trades

Bart Rice, Director of Small Business Center & Industry

(910) 900-4025

brice@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

ProgramProfessional Licensure/CertificationState Agency Contact Information
Ammonia Refrigeration Operator I – Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler ContractorsNCCER State Agencies
Ammonia Refrigeration Operator II – Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler ContractorsNCCER State Agencies
NCCER Welding – Certification DisclosureAmerican Welding SocietyNCCER State Agencies
NCCER Plumbing – Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler ContractorsNCCER State Agencies
NCCER HVAC – Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler ContractorsNCCER State Agencies
NCCER Electrical – Certification DisclosureNC State Board of Examiners of Electrical ContractorsNCCER State Agencies

Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Sampson Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.


Proctored/Online Exams

Some online courses require students to take exams in a supervised environment. This helps faculty members verify online students’ identities and ensures academic integrity. If proctored tests are required, students in online sections will take their tests at the SCC Learning Resource Center, or using Respondus Lockdown Browser. Information, including location, phone number, and hours of operation for the Learning Resource Center can be found on the Learning Resource Center page.

If a student needs to be proctored for a written test an appointment needs to be made with the Learning Resource Center using the contact information below.

For students to access the Academic Success Center you must present your student ID.

Wanda Kenny, Learning Resource Center Navigator

(910) 900-4117

wkenny@sampsoncc.edu

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328