Sampson Community College, one of the fifty-eight institutions
in the North Carolina System of Community Colleges, was established
in September 1965, under the provisions of Chapter 115-A of the
General Statutes of North Carolina as an extension unit of Goldsboro
Industrial Education Center (now Wayne Community College). The first
institutional site was one office and one classroom located in the
Sampson County Board of Education Building on Rowan Road.
The institution moved from temporary offices in June 1966
to an old elementary school on Highway 421, six miles north of Clinton,
and began the first curriculum programs in September of the same
year. By an act of the 1967 General Assembly, the college became
an independent unit and was called "Sampson Technical Institute."
The first Board of Trustees was appointed in February 1968.
As the institution grew, the need for a new campus with
modern facilities was realized. A $500,000 bond issue was approved
by Sampson County voters in April 1972. A vocational storage building
was occupied on the Highway 24 campus in July 1974, and the main
building on this new campus, the North Building, was occupied in
January 1976. A new vocational shop building, East Building, was
occupied in the fall of 1977 allowing for the expansion of several
In 1979, through enabling legislation of the General Assembly,
the Board of Trustees approved the school's name change to "Sampson
Technical College." The college added additional facilities
in 1982 with the construction of a 6,000 sq. ft. vocational shop
building on the main campus and the county's provision of 8,000
sq. ft. in the new Courthouse Annex for the Continuing Education
Division. In August 1987, the college completed construction of
the West Building, and began erecting the South Building, which
was occupied in September 1988.
In October 1987, the college changed its name to "Sampson
Community College." The Board of Trustees approved changing
the name of West Building to W. W. Kitchin Hall on August 21, 1989,
and South Building to the Robert D. Warren Student Center on June
10, 1997. In the fall of 1998, two new buildings, the Technology
Center and the Activities Center, were occupied.