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Purple Door Productions brings “A Christmas Carol” to Robeson Community College

Purple Door Productions, Inc.                                      contact: Jeanne Koonce

910 Walnut Street                                                                              910-224-4000

Lumberton, NC 28358



A new Christmas Tradition is created for Robeson County and Sandhills region as Purple Door Productions and Robeson Community College Scholarship Foundation offer an original staging of Dickens’ classic story of family love and redemption, “A Christmas Carol, the Musical”, presented in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College, Fayetteville Road in Lumberton.

A new holiday tradition has been established for Robeson County and the Sandhills region on the campus of Robeson Community College, as Purple Door Productions with the RCC Foundation, and sponsored by Lumbee River EMC, present Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol,  a musical created by North Carolina playwright, Lee Yopp. Traditional carols and original music, all the famous characters and ghosts, ladies swirling through gorgeous waltzes, high stepping Irish dancers and fantastic toy soldiers create the wonderful world of Victorian England, bringing Dickens’ immortal words to life in a magnificent production sure to please every child, and the child in us all. Create your own “tradition” for  the holiday season and bring your entire family to see A Christmas Carol, the Musical, in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College.  Performances run Dec. 3-5th at 7:30pm and Dec. 5-6th at 2:30pm. Tickets are available now: $10/Adults and $7/Students, with RCC staff/students at $5. Tickets may be purchased at the RCC Foundation Office, calling PDP at 910-258-0787 or online at:  Tickets will be on sale at the door: $15/adults, students $9, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Foundation scholarships. This production is funded through grants from the Robeson County Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and support from  the Lumberton Visitor’s Bureau. For information/ reservations like us on FB: purpledoorproductions and follow us: twitter and instagram.

Robeson CC Alumnus participates in Public Schools of Robeson County Career Expo

Jonathan Simmons, left, a maintenance technician, and Joseph Nation, an automation controls technician, both from Elkay Values, talk to Purnell Swett High School juniors Tristan Oxendine and Christian Cummings, right, about jobs Tuesday. The Career Expo, held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, gave students in the Public Schools of Robeson County the opportunity to learn about the different careers.


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Jonathan Simmons, left, a maintenance technician, and Joseph Nation, an automation controls technician, both from Elkay Values, talk to Purnell Swett High School juniors Tristan Oxendine and Christian Cummings, right, about jobs Tuesday. The Career Expo, held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, gave students in the Public Schools of Robeson County the opportunity to learn about the different careers.

Robeson CC Alumnus and faculty member Rudy Locklear named president of the NC Magistrates’ Association


Rudy Locklear
CONCORD — Robeson County magistrate Rudy T. Locklear was recently elected president of the North Carolina Magistrates Association.

Locklear, who had served as area director for the association and chair of its Ways and Means Committee, will serve a two-year term as president. At 33 years old, he is the youngest magistrate to hold the position, and as a member of the Lumbee Tribe, the first American Indian to do so.

The association represents more than 674 magistrates from every North Carolina county.

“The NCMA plays an important role in looking out for the best interest of the magistrates of North Carolina. I’m honored to continue my involvement with the association, and I look forward to building on our strong fundamentals as we work together to advance the profession,” said Locklear, who has more than 15 years of experience in the criminal justice system.

Locklear has worked as a deputy, a volunteer firefighter, adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as an instructor at Robeson Community College.

Sarah Nance, Kelsey Elk and Amanda Gerber receive State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarships to study at Robeson Community College

Courtesy photo | The State Employees’ Credit Union recently awarded three scholarships to Amanda Gerber, left, Sarah Nance, and Kelsey Elk. Gerber received a $750 scholarship to continue her education in paramedics, and Nance and Elk received a two-year, $5,000 scholarship to study marketingand nursing respectively.

LUMBERTON — Sarah Nance, Kelsey Elk and Amanda Gerber recently received State Employees’ Credit Union scholarships to study at Robeson Community College.

SECU members provide two “People Helping People” scholarships to each of 58 community colleges in NorthCarolina. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to help hundreds of college students in North Carolina continue their education.

Nance and Elk were added to this list when they received the scholarship, a two-year scholarship valued at $5,000 each, to study at RCC. Nance is pursuing her associate’s degree in marketing with hopes of transferring to The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to continue her studies. Elk plans to enroll in the nursing program at RCC.

Bonnie Canady, vice president of SECU, and Jeanette Baker, an RCC instructor and SECU local advisory board member, presented another scholarship to Gerber — the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship. Gerber plans to use the one-time $750 scholarship to continue working towards paramedic certification.

For information on SECU scholarships, visit


Robeson CC to partner with the Lumbee Tribe, UNCP, and public schools on grant.

Tribe lands $2.4M grant

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will receive $2.4 million in federal money over the next four years to fund the efforts of a Robeson County partnership aimed at improving educational opportunities for American Indian students in pre-school through high school.

In addition to the tribe, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Robeson Community College and the Public Schools of Robeson County will share in the funds being provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Projects grant.

According to Stuart R. Locklear, the grant/planning manager for the Lumbee Tribe, the grant becomes effective Thursday. Over the first year of the grant, there will be $480,707 available to be shared among partnership members, he said.

“This is a historical moment for me and the tribe,” Paul Brooks, the tribe’s chairman, said during Thursday’s official grant announcement ceremony attended by representatives of the entities making up the partnership. “I’m so happy to see such a willingness by so many for an education movement of this kind here in Robeson County … . It’s amazing how through education you can take a child and make that child know who he is and where he wants to go in life.”

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a key player in securing the grant, said that education is vital to ensure that individuals can obtain and hold on to good-paying jobs.

“This (grant) is a huge win for our community,” Hudson said in a statement. “Jobs have been and will continue to be my top priority, and the fundamental part of job preparedness starts with a quality education. This grant is a necessary step to help introduce families to the higher education system, equip students with critical knowledge, and ensure folks have the skills they need to get and keep good-paying jobs.”

Each partner funded through the grant will play a different role in providing American Indian students with the information and skills they need to get into college and remain there. This includes UNCP working with the Lumbee Tribe’s Boys and Girl’s Clubs to establish a tutoring program; informational summer, day and community camps being sponsored by UNCP; RCC providing college advisers to work with school guidance counselors to recruit students for RCC’s “Career and College Promise” program; equipment and books to get young people ready for college purchased by RCC; and transportation to RCC’s Career and College Promise” program supplied by the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Lawrence Locklear, program coordinator for UNCP’s Southeast American Indian Studies Program, said that the retention rate for American Indian in colleges is less than other ethnic other groups. As part of the grant, he said, a needs assessment is going to be conducted to determine what issues keep Lumbee students from seeking higher education.

Locklear also said that enrollment of American Indians at UNCP has been declining during the past five years.

“Maybe enrollment will improve as the economy improves,” he said.


George Regan wins Southern Trustee Leadership Award at the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2015 convention

regan award oct 2015

Former Robeson Community College Board of Trustees Chairperson George Regan was recognized as the recipient of the Trustee Leadership Award for the Southern Region of the United States at the annual meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) which was held in San Diego, California during October of 2015. Mr. Regan served on the local board of trustees for over 30 years and as chairperson of that board for over 15 years. He retired from the Board at the end of his term in June of 2015. He also served in leadership positions for the ACCT.



Robeson Community College Alumni Association Homecoming November 7, 2015

LUMBERTON — The Alumni Association at Robeson Community College will host its second annual Alumni Homecoming on Nov. 7.

The homecoming will be held on campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will double as a fundraiser for student scholarships. The day will include entertainment, food, acar show, Lumberton Fire Department’s Smoke House and a Kidz Zone that will feature games, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more.

For information, contact Rebekah Lowry at 910-272-3235 or by email at


Robeson Technical Works contributes $15,000 to Robeson Community College Foundation

LUMBERTON — Members of Robeson Technical Works recently contributed $15,000 to the Robeson Community College Foundation for scholarships.

Beginning in fall 2016, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to five students each year. The initial funding comes from Robeson Technical Works, but continued support of the scholarship will be raised by the annual Southeastern Human Resources Association Golf Tournament and other contributors.

The remaining $10,000 from the recent contribution will go toward the Robeson Technical Works Endowed Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarships must be enrolled in a two-year Electrical or Industrial Systems Technology program at RCC and commit to working in the area for at least two years upon graduation.

The foundation’s director, Rebekah Lowry, and Pamela Hilbert, president of Robeson Community College, accepted the donation at Campbell’s Soup in Maxton.

Robeson Technical Works is a partnership comprised of area industrial employers, business leaders, Southeastern Human Resources Association members, educators and several other groups and individuals.

“I’ve been involved in workforce development for over 20 years and this is the most exciting effort I’ve been involved in,” said William Locklear, assistant vice president for Applied Technology Programs at Robeson Community College. “This is a true partnership between the private and public sector.”

Robeson Technical Works was born out of a need for skilled labor in local manufacturing plants. Human resources officials at various industries realized that a limited pool of skilled technicians was available locally and that local industries were competing with each other for those technicians. Together they decided that a more effective approach to the dilemma would be to cooperate and work together to grow the area’s skilled labor pool.

Locally there is a strong need for mechanics, electricians, electronic technicians, robotics and controls technicians, machinists and tool and die makers. The group estimates that at least 220 new technical positions will be needed by seven of the major industries in the county within the next five years. Among the largest, Sanderson Farms has an expected need of 125 skilled technicians, while Campbell Soup has an expected need of 32.

Robeson Technical Works has identified more than $100,000 in needs for equipment, personnel and marketing to move its initiative forward.

To contribute, or to become a part of Robeson Technical Works, contact Lowry at 910-272-3235 or by email at or contact Elizabeth McPhaul, regional human resources manager for Elkay Manufacturing, at The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 24 at COMtech.

Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.

Eastpointe to present drug prevention and awareness program in the student center on October 22, 2015, at 11 am.

Counseling and Career Services is pleased to announce that Ms. Cheryl Harris with Eastpointe will join us on campus to discuss drug prevention and awareness programs in our community.  Ms. Harris is a Community Outreach Specialist and former substance abuse counselor, employed with Eastpointe, an agency that helps individuals who are seeking assistance with drug and alcohol addiction.

Ms. Harris will share with us the film, “The Anonymous People” a documentary film about 23 million or more Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. You can watch the trailer here:  Ms. Harris will review services available in our community and how we can help family and friends seek out treatment.  

Students and staff are encouraged to join us on Thursday, October 22nd  at 11:00 am in the Fred G Williams Student Center for this program.

Purple Door Productions and Robeson CC Foundation present musical — The Civil War — October 15- 17

Civil War Exhibition press release PDP Oct 2015

In commemoration of the national celebration of the 150th year end to the most turbulent war of our nation, The Robeson County History Museum will sponsor a special exhibition by local artist, Melvin Morris, in conjunction with  Purple Door Productions musical drama, THE CIVIL WAR. The series of Civil War inspired paintings will be on display in the foyer of the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College, open to the public one hour prior to each performance day. There will be a special reception, sponsored by the Robeson County Arts Council, in the lobby on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm for the public, celebrating the opening of the exhibit and the premier of the musical “The Civil War”. The exhibit will be open for the entire weekend, Oct. 15-18th.


A graduate of UNC-P, Mr. Morris resides and works in Robeson County. He has had works purchased and exhibited throughout the state of North Carolina.  He has exhibited in many of our local exhibitions and competitions such as the Water Works, and the “Civil War to Civil Rights” exhibit held at the Robeson County History Museum earlier this year.  Morris currently has several mixed media paintings on exhibit as part of the “Art of Living Well” exhibition on display at the Southeastern Health Park.


  In partnership with RCC Foundation, Purple Door opens its season with this brilliant musical drama. Using diary entries, family documents, battlefield reports and soldiers’ letters to create the songs and scenes, this amazing event covers the 5 years of the war, from the personal perspective of the people who fought, lived and endured.  Composer Frank Wildhorn, who also created Jekyll and Hyde for Broadway, the show’s music is epic in scope to match the impact of so volatile a period of our nation. The Civil War runs Oct. 15-17th at 7:30pm and Oct. 16-17th at 2:30pm in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the RCC campus. Tickets/reservations  now on sale at the RCC Foundation Office on campus or online at Tickets are $13/adults and seniors,  $9/students and RCC staff/students $5. For more information or reservations, call PDP at 910-258-0787 or FB at purpledoorproductions. This musical drama is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, the Robeson County Arts Council, the Lumberton Visitors Bureau and The Robeson County History Museum.


Robeson Community College to host 3rd annual Writing Showcase

Robeson Community College will host its 3rd annual Writing Showcase  on November 23rd at 11:00am in the BB&T room of the Charles Chrestman Workforce Development Building (Building 18.) Dynamic motivational speaker and international best-selling author Rodney Flowers will deliver the keynote address.  You do not want to miss Rodney Flowers’s inspiring story.  Students who have been nominated by their instructors will also be invited to read their works at this event. For more information about this event contact English instructor Wendy Fields at 

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Rodney Flowers – Biography

Rodney Flowers is the author of the life-affirming and highly-inspiring Amazon bestselling book, Get Up! I Can’t. I Will. I Did…Here’s How!, which teaches empowering life principles to transform your spirit and motivate you to awaken the amazing power within you to overcome any challenge. He also authored the international bestselling book, Essential Assertions, packed with guiding life principles & inspiring stories that energize and motivate you to recognize your maximum potential, uncover and leverage your hidden strengths, & use your unbreakable spirit to capitalize on life’s opportunities. Rodney’s a co-author of the Amazon international bestseller, Unwavering Strength, Volume 2.

He’s been featured on multiple media platforms including Quantum Alchemy Radio, War Room Sports Radio, as well as Get Bold Today hosted by multiple Emmy winner LeGrande Green and Power Your Life Radio hosted by Dr. Jo Anne White.

After a traumatic high-school football injury in 1993, he was bound to the confines of his wheelchair. Although Rodney was told his recovery prognosis was unfavorable, he knew he would turn things around, make an impact on the world, and walk again. With self-determination and faith in his ability to persevere, he did!

Rodney has a BA in Business Administration from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Rodney has contributed 14+ years to governmental service with the Department of Defense (DoD) United States NAVY (USN). His quality of service and the outstanding support provided as an individual with a disability has been featured in the US Government’s, Careers and the Disabled magazine.

Today, Rodney works for NAVAIR at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a Contracting Officer. There he leads a team of seven to 10 contract specialists responsible for executing and managing contract performance of all sustainment contracting actions for the P-8A program.

Rodney Flowers resides in Maryland, where he has also created a business that helps people overcome challenges and obstacles, so they can live joyfully with purpose and realize their dreams. 

Rodney is an avid reader who enjoys working out and traveling. He also has an unstoppable belief in teaching others how to get everything they can out of life.

To find resources and information that teach important life practices that assure you will always get back up when adversity strikes, visit

SHOP Meetings and Announcements


Robeson County Veteran and Community Stand Down 2015

K&L Veteran Homes and Services Inc. is partnering with other agencies, and SHOP (Students Helping Other People) to support veterans in the local area. If you can, please come out and show your support.
August 7, 2015

9 a.m. ~ 3 p.m.

National Guard Armory

Lumberton, NC

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Robeson Community College Today May 31, 2015

Robeson CC Today May 31 2015

Robeson Community College Today May 31, 2015

Just a couple of weeks ago Robeson Community College held its spring curriculum graduation ceremony and pinning ceremonies for nursing, radiography, respiratory, and early childhood programs. 252 students received degrees and 393 received awards during these ceremonies.

Though this was the end of the journey at Robeson Community College for many of these students, many will move on to the next level of their education at a university.

The college experienced another ending and a beginning this past week. Thirteen seasoned law enforcement personnel graduated from Robeson Community College’s first Public Safety Management Program. This program was the brainchild of former Law Enforcement Director Wayne Coates. Coates and Law Enforcement Instructor Burnis Wilkins developed the curriculum last year and Wilkins and current Law Enforcement Director Mickey Biggs kept the momentum going after Coates retired. The 196 hour course is designed for Public Safety personnel to gain management skills so they can better serve their communities and to provide the participants with opportunities for advancement within their respective agencies.

The class began 9 months ago with 24 participants including several firefighting personnel. Due to work schedules some who began the class were unable to complete the series of trainings prior to last week’s graduation, however many of those participants who were unable to complete this summer will continue the training this fall.

Summer session began for approximately 500 curriculum students this past week and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the fall term. In effort to meet the continuously changing workforce needs in the county, Robeson Community College will be offering two new curriculum programs this fall following the successful addition of a Welding program last year.

New in the Business Technologies area this fall will be the addition of an associate degree in Accounting. The Culinary Arts program will also add an associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts to its program for the first time this fall.

Most folks know that the college offers continuing education courses in a variety of areas for skill enhancement or personal enrichment. The college also has curriculum courses that may be of interest to those who might not be seeking a degree, but rather just want the enrichment experience. Community colleges offer college credit courses in religion, art, music, physical education, psychology, and sociology, among others, at a fraction of the cost of four year and online colleges.

For example, a Sunday school teacher might want to take a religion class to enhance his or her knowledge of the Bible. A civil war buff or budding genealogist might want to take a history class. If you’ve been to a Book ‘em event and have been inspired to write a book of your own, you might want to take a writing class. If you or a loved one has a health condition, you might be interested in taking a biology or anatomy and physiology class to learn more about the human body. Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Art courses may be of interest to a wider audience for “Special Credit”. Retirees often speak with pride about taking a college course. It’s a great way to meet new people and keep the mind active for cognitive health. Taking a class is also a great social activity. Invite a friend and sign up for a class today!

To learn more about the programs and offerings at Robeson Community College visit our recently launched, redesigned webpage at or phone the admissions department at 910-272-3342.