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Online Digital Media Student from Asheville Wins $500 Scholarship from Survey Drawing

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Student Jennifer M. Woodlee is the winner of a $500 scholarship from the Surry Community College Foundation due to her participation in a media preferences survey in Fall 2020.

Woodlee was among 687 SCC students who responded to the statewide survey sponsored by the N.C. Community College System and organized by Media Prefs, a brand of Interact Communications. Her name was randomly drawn from the participants.

“In January of 2020, I decided to go back to school after graduating high school 20 years ago. I've spent many years raising my three kids and working alongside my spouse – the pastor of a local church in Asheville. I had an interest in learning about graphic design and computer multimedia,” Woodlee explained.“With the advancement of technology, it became evident that digital media needed to be a part of our ministerial program. The COVID-19 pandemic proved just how true this was as churches were closed, and services began streaming online. I found myself heavily involved in video editing and digital marketing. The Digital Media Technology program at SCC has helped me navigate through unprecedented times. The principles of design and concepts learned over the past year, I now use daily. I couldn't have predicted how useful this program would be right from the start.”

Woodlee currently lives in Asheville and takes classes at SCC online. She is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Digital Media Technology – Graphic Design program.

“SCC attracted me because they're one of the few colleges that offer a Digital Media program online. Flexibility was a requirement, as my schedule is unpredictable; however, I was nervous about learning on a remote level,” Woodlee said. “Quickly, I found out that receiving an education online was not only possible, but could contain high-quality instruction. Surry teachers are apt at using technology to help students achieve success in the form of video tutorials, Microsoft Teams, Cengage, online lectures, etc. The feedback on my assignments and level of communication has surprised me. My professors care about their students and love to teach. I heartily believe that I'm receiving top-notch instruction at a more-than-reasonable price.”

The scholarship will help Woodlee pay for the rest of her degree at SCC.

“After I graduate, I plan to use my new skills to help churches and nonprofit organizations with their design and digital needs. I would love to generate original content such as flyers, videos, and digital print media that can be used by those who do not have the time or resources to create for themselves. I love helping others and learning new things, and this program has enabled me to do both. I have another year to go, but so far, the things I have learned have already made the commitment worthwhile.”

SCC is offering the media preferences survey once again this spring. The survey asks students about their attitudes, opinions, and media consumption habits and takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and confidential. It can be taken from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Currently enrolled students at SCC are eligible to take the survey even if they completed the survey in the fall.The survey will be open through April 11. Go to www.mediaprefs.com/430and use password 430920.

If you have questions about the survey, contact Julie Pharr, SCC Director of Marketing, (336) 386-3452 or pharrj@surry.edu. If you want to learn more about the Digital Media Technology – Graphic Design program, contact Jay Smith, Lead Instructor, at (336) 386-3329 or smithj@surry.edu. More information is also available at www.surry.edu.

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