“God got us, God got the children, the devil run the playground but God own the building,” Kanye West.

I will talk about “Donda” later but this line deserves some unpacking. A lot of things happen on the playground but at some point you have to grow up and go inside. When you were young the playground had mass appeal and it was the highlight of your day. Think about it, you’re in the class room all day and this is the only moment that was yours- felt like freedom. But as you mature, you realize the key to your…


Tanner Cheek, a student at Marlboro County High School (MCHS), completed his Associate of Science Degree at Northeastern Technical College (NETC). He marched alongside other graduates in the NETC 2020 Fall Commencement Ceremony. When he graduates from high school in Spring 2021, he will do so with his Associate Degree in hand.

Cheek was among 20 students selected his freshman year to participate in the Young Scholar Program, a partnership between NETC and the Marlboro County School District that allows students from MCHS to begin taking college classes their freshman year. Funding students through this program was made possible through…


Is the Church a Ministry or a Business?

Beginning Spring 2021, Northeastern Technical College (NETC) will offer a new Religious Studies Program, the first of its kind in the state. The program will explore the nature of religious beliefs and traditions combined with business principles to help students build and manage ministries effectively.

Is the church a ministry or a business? For churches to be successful in today’s climate, its leaders must process a combination of skills that address aspects of both the ministry and business sides of church operations. Students enrolled in the Religious Studies Program will discover how religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions worldwide have influenced…


Northeastern Technical College’s (NETC) President, Dr. Kyle Wagner, was named Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 2. The Pacesetter Award recognizes a community college president who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and support in college communications and marketing.

“This award was a complete surprise,” said Dr. Wagner. “Winning is great recognition, but being nominated for this award by your coworkers is an even greater honor.”
Four years ago, President Dr. Kyle Wagner breathed new life into NETC. In 2019, NETC received nearly $12.5 million in new grants to establish and support academic program…


The Governor of South Carolina awarded Lib Norton the Order of the Silver Crescent at Northeastern Technical College’s (NETC) October Area Commission Meeting. Senator Sheheen and Representatives Pat Henegan and Richie Yow presented the award to Norton for her dedication to NETC for over fifty years. The Order of the Silver Crescent is the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community.

“Ms. Lib has impacted the lives of thousands for people who came to NETC for an education, they know she cares,” said Senator Sheheen. …


Representatives for Founders Bank presents a check to Northeastern Technical College. Left to Right: Andy Andy Ingram, Dr. Kyle Wagner, Brad Plexico, Trey Cauthen, and Davis Yarborough

Founders Federal Credit Union donated $50,000 to the Northeastern Technical College (NETC) Foundation to further develop NETC’s community movie theater on the Cheraw campus. The theater is a tool used to educate and engage with students and members of the community. Partnering with organizations in the community is a part of Founders strategic effort to promote strong, healthy, safe, and vibrant communities. NETC, whose mission is to develop the workforces of the communities it serves, has a shared responsibility with Founders to achieve this goal.

Founders Federal Credit Union has a proud legacy of giving and service. Supporting communities is…


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA is investing $3 million in SC telemedicine and distance learning. Northeastern Technical College (NETC) received $1.6 million in Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants, making it the fourth year NETC received funding from the USDA.

The USDA launched 116 distance learning and telemedicine initiatives across the country. “Increasing access to telemedicine and distance learning is critical to building healthier and more resilient rural communities,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in the release. …


The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) awarded the marketing department at Northeastern Technical College (NETC) three Silver Medallion Awards. NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. The regional competition is exclusive to marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

NETC was awarded a Silver Medallion in the video short category for its music video, “It’s FASFA Time Pell Yeah.” NETC’s 50th Anniversary commemorative window display, located downtown Cheraw, received a Silver Medallion in the Interior Signage/Display category. …


Northeastern Technical College (NETC) paid out almost $70,000 in bonuses to employees through its new Key Performance Indicator (KPI) bonus program. The KPI program, spearheaded by Christi Meggs, NETC Director of Human Resources, was developed to recognize and reward employees for their work, helping employees feel invested in the institution.

The college identified KPIs and crafted goals for each full-time employee. Goals were measurable and department-specific. Outcomes focused on increasing community service, employee engagement through professional development, student persistence and success, and enrollment. The KPIs, tied to incentive payments, allowed participants to earn up to $1,600 in bonus pay. …


Northeastern Technical College (NETC) Trailblazers faced some challenging opponents this week in Esports but came out victorious. Curry Cannon won his series 4–3, improving his record to 3–0 this season in Super Smash Bros. Cannon faced his most formidable opponent yet, a player from Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA. The match was close, with the winner of Game 7 decided in the final seconds. Cannon’s quick thinking and perfect counter allowed him to defeat his opponent in what fans are calling Super Smash Bros’ version of a “walk-off home run.” …

David Spencer

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