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 Leedership 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.”
The Speakers Bureau’s website, www.cccc.edu/speakersbureau
, includes speaker biographies, topics, and speaker request forms. Requests can also be made by contacting Irene Smith at (919) 718-7518. At least two weeks advance notice is preferred.