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The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly meeting for chamber members. Anne Byer welcomed chamber members to the September meeting held in the WorkForce Building at Bladen Community College. 

Terri Dennison, Executive Director of the Chamber, announced upcoming concerts and activities the Chamber will be hosting. On the first Friday in October, the Chamber will hold the third performance in the Sunset Concerts series featuring North Tower. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market located at 106 M.L.K. Drive, in Elizabethtown, NC. 

Denise Bridgers with Lu Mil Vineyard announced on October 9th, Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin will host their 15th Annual NC Grape Festival. Admission is free and open to the public from both the concert and the festival.

Getting down to business, Bladen Community College President Dr. Amanda Lee was the guest speaker at the monthly lunch and learned. She explained what Bladen Community College has to offer the community. 

Bladen Community College offers college transfer degrees and has agreements with many four-year colleges and universities to facilitate a smooth transfer. The college offers a variety of vocational and technical certificates, diplomas, and degrees for students planning to enter the workforce. Not to forget, the college’s Continuing Education classes and programs assist students with learning English, earning high school equivalencies, preparing for a specific job skill or credential, starting your own business, as well as classes for personal enrichment.

Dr. Lee provided the following fast facts about BCC to those who attended the event. 

The Headcount Enrollment in FALL 2020 was 1134, and in SPRING 2021 was 1023. The age average was 24.

BCC offers 35 Associate Degrees, 16 Diplomas, 56 Certificates. (Online and seated.)


  • 36% of students were full-time, and 64% of students were part-time
  • Women 70% and men 30%
  • 238 Total Graduates (148 associate degrees, 17 diplomas, 73 certificates.)
  • 2016 Cohort:

Graduation Rate in 2 years: 9%

Graduation Rate in 3 years: 13%

Graduation Rate in 4 years: 15%

  • 306 students enrolled in Fall 2020 did not return in spring 2021.
  • Fall 2019 to Fall 2020 Retention Rate: 50.17%
  • 7% of our students received Veterans Benefits
  • 23% of our students were enrolled in Career and College Promise
  • 87% of our students enrolled in at least one Distance Education Course
  • 12% were enrolled in Early College




Asian/Pacific Islander: <1%

Other/ Unknown/ Multiple: 7%

American Indian: 17%

Black: 22%

Hispanic: 23%

White: 31%

The Headcount Enrollment:

FALL 2020: 1526

SPRING 2021: 1503

  • The age average was 31.
  • Women: 70% – Men: 30%

The number of courses:

Curriculum: 477

Continuing Education: 283

  • Students’ Home County:

Bladen: 42%

Robeson: 38%

Cumberland: 8%

Columbus: 5%

Sampson: 4%

Other: 3%


Human Resource Data

119 Employees ( 61% female, 39% male- Average age:51)


Hispanic: 4%

American Indian: 6%

Black: 21%

White: 69%


Highschool Diploma: 8%

Associate’s Degree: 23%

Bachelor’s Degree: 25%

Master’s Degree: 31%

Doctoral Degree: 6%

Faculty Employees:

47% Adjunct

53% Full Time




Recipients: 569

Amount Awarded: $1’962.128


Recipients: 1006

Amount Awarded: $402.400


Recipients: 124

Amount Awarded: $79.000


Recipients: 82

Amount Awarded: $66.000


Recipients: 93

Amount Awarded: $61.415

To find out more at Bladen Community College, Lu Mil Vineyard and other Chamber members and events visit their website at: https://elizabethtownwhitelake.com/