Dr. John Dempsey has been the President of Sandhills Community College since 1989.

In that time both the college and Moore County has undergone vast changes.

John discusses new programming at the college to accommodate the ever changing lifestyles and educational requirements of many who live and work here.

His observations about our current day life situations and his perspective over his 31 year tenure makes for a compelling conversation.

171 Kennedy Hall
3395 Airport Road • Pinehurst, NC 28374

Online Fast Track Program – Ryan Riggins – Dept of Recruiting – 910 246-5365

Fast Track

  • Allows for the completion of an Associate in Arts degree in as fast as one year.
  • Especially good for transfer students — can mean the earning of a bachelor’s degree in three years.
  • Classes are online and take five weeks to complete. Can take two classes each five weeks.
  • Classes begin virtually every month.
  • Program is approved for Financial Aid and Veteran’s Benefits.
  • sandhills.edu/fast track
  • People can enroll now.
  • Upcoming start dates: May 27, June 9, or July 1.

Curriculum/College Credit Summer Semester

  • All class delivery will be online
  • Sessions begin May 27 and June 30
  • New students can apply online(sandhills.edu) and orientation will be online
  • Returning students can self-register using self-service

Continuing Education Summer Semester

  • Classes begin as soon as May 12 and throughout the summer
  • Many will have face-to-face class delivery with safe social distancing implemented
  • Other classes have been adapted to online delivery
  • Ed2Go has been hugely popular during the quarantine. Classes begin each month and hundreds of classes are available.
  • Check the Continuing Education section of sandhills.edu for class listing.

NUTCRACKER by Gary Taylor Dance – Nov. 29th, 30th, & Dec. 1st

Gary Taylor’s Nutcracker will be held at the newly renovated Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College on:

Friday, November 29 at 7:00
Saturday, December 30 at 2:00
Sunday, December 1 at 2:00

Featured Guests: Sarah Costanza, Caroline Mays, Juliette Neveu, Annabelle Black, Colton Liberator, Katie Mays, Rita Taylor,

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.tututix.com. More information can be obtained at www.taylordance.org or by calling the studio at 910-420-1025. They can also email at chat@taylordance.org.

On Tuesday, November 26th, we will host two school performance for over 1,000 students from primarily Title I schools.

As special sensory-friendly performance will occur on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. This special showing of Gary Taylor's "The Nutcracker" is adapted for adults, children and families with special needs. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 21st and are $10 each.

Special thanks to TDF’s National Autism- Friendly Performance Training Program for serving as an advisor, www.tdf.org/autism. This program has been made possible, in part, through a grant from NEXT for AUTISM from the proceeds of Night of Too Many Stars.

Side note: The Mays family is and has always been heavily involved with Taylor Dance. Katie and Brooks Mays, MD (endocrinologist at Pinehurst Medical Clinic) have three children. Carolina, Robbie (both dance) and Brooks, Jr. Brooks, Jr. is autistic. Pinehurst Medical Clinic is a major sponsor of the show. Juliette and Caroline are seniors this year.


January 27 – February 22, 2019

The Arts Council of Moore County, in partnership with the English Speaking Union-Sandhills Branch, Moore County Schools, Penick Village, Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, Sandhills Community College, and Sunrise Theater, present “Reflections of Africa” from January 28-February 22, 2019.

This multi-venue series of programs explores the unique diversity of African culture and wildlife through lectures, films and art exhibits. South African artist Garth Swift, Kenyan naturalist Joseph Koyie, Sandhills artist Jessie Mackay, and Canadian artist Patricia Thomas will conduct a series of innovative presentations and art exhibits that explore the relationships between the African people, cultures of Africa and its wildlife.


Arts Council board member John Earp and Sandhills artist Jessie Mackay walk us thru the myriad of events planned.

Get the schedule here.




The Miracle Worker is an iconic play about Helen Keller, her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and the family members of Helen Keller.  It’s moving, inspirational and heartfelt for anyone who has seen it as an award winning  play or movie.


John James is cast as the role of Helen’s father, Captain Arthur Keller.  John has many credits and is best known for his role in the long running TV Series Dynasty, as Jeff Colby. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_(actor)

Executive Producer and Moore County native, Morgan Sills speaks about this superb cast from NYC, as well as some of the local area talent.  The Judson Theatre Company also offers an Education Program which allows many younger people to take part in the Arts at no cost to them.

There will be  5 performances and some of the final performance proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), through the work of Vision4Moore.  https://www.vision4moore.com/

Tickets can be purchased at:

Arts Council of Moore County
The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines
The Given Memorial Library in Pinehurst


There is a lot happening at the Sandhills Community College!

Our guests represent a few of the many facets of the College as it grows and emerges into one of the most iconic forces in Moore County.

Lindsey Farmer – Director of Veteran Affairs
Johnathon Garrison – Sandhills Promise Program
Rose George – Director of Creative Living Lifelong Learning Institute – Continuing Education
Ran Riggin – Director of Recruiting
Aaron Denton – Athletic Director

Sandhills Community College

The College was chartered in 1963. Sandhills Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

These passionate spokespeople explain why there is something for everybody and every generation in Moore County.