Written by Laurie Jachym
Sam McCord is the resident “Veteran” in our department. He started working at the college 33 years ago, and he credits this as his first professional job. He continues to maintain a strong work ethic everyday, which is obvious to anyone who has worked with him. He recently won the “Eyes on You” award as a result of his passion and dedication to the college.
Sam is trained in Interpreting and American Sign Language (ASL). Sam not only coordinates Interpreting Services for CPCC, but he also provides Interpreting Services for students. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, he states that interpreting for students in the classroom and working with the Interpreting Team are his favorite aspects of the job.
Sam has many, many stories of all the interesting interpreting assignments that he has done over the years. He has interpreted classes in all the areas of the college (i.e. College and Career Readiness, Curriculum, and Corporate and Continuing Education). His stories range from interpreting basic skills classes in the Education Center to interpreting a kayaking class (yes he interpreted while riding in a kayak)!
Outside of working, some of Sam’s favorite things to do include spending time with his family, going to the theater, traveling, working in his yard, and playing spades. He has a fun-loving personality that is obvious to all who know him.
Sam’s work with deaf and hard of hearing students has been invaluable to the college. He connects very easily with students and strives to help them in any way that he can. He is also a strong advocate for Disability Services and for people with disabilities in general. He possesses a wealth of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and continues to expand his understanding of the ADA by attending trainings and events in the community frequently. Disability Services appreciates all that Sam has done over the years and continues to do to assist our students with incredible services.