For different reasonPicture of Motorcycle Riderss, Sharon Coln, Ramona Howington, Christine Hood and Barbara Sharp decided to take life by the handlebars.

For Sharp, 58, of Inman, it was 11 years ago, when she got divorced. Three years ago, Howington and Hood, both 52 and Inman residents, began to feel the effects of an “empty nest” as their children got older.

“You have more time now, at this age,” Howington said.

“It was the mid-life ‘challenge,’ ” Hood said with a smile.

All four women decided life would be more fun astride their own Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Coln, 60, of Greer, learned how to ride a motorcycle on a ball field years ago, but she couldn’t afford a bike at the time. In 2007, she began riding on the back of her boyfriend’s Honda Shadow. That relationship ended, but Coln’s love of motorcycles remained, and she bought a 1997 Harley Sportster, naming it “Sporty.”

“I really had the fever to ride, but I didn’t want to have to depend on anyone or wait for anyone to pick me up to ride, so I saved up the money to buy one for myself,” Coln said. She eventually logged 74,765 on Sporty, riding it across the South before buying a 2008 Harley Heritage Softail that she dubbed “Journey.” “Journey” has taken her across the South and to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Howington and Hood had ridden on the back of their husbands’ bikes before getting their own.

Sharp says she’s never been a motorcycle passenger in her life. “When I got divorced, I said, ‘I’m going to take a motorcycle class.’ I had no idea how to ride it, but I rode it.”

Both Hood and Sharp took a motorcycle instruction class offered at technical colleges in South Carolina, including Greenville and Spartanburg. Hood got Howington to ride and she was able to pick up the skills on her own. Read the full article at goupstate.com.

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Spartanburg Community College and the Men’s Garden Club have partnered to offer this 12-week gardening basics class. Each class, presented by Master Gardeners, local professionals and SCC staff, will focus on the “how-to” of gardening. Starting with soils and finishing with landscaping, this class is great for beginner and expert gardeners.

When:  Tuesdays: Sep 9 – Dec 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:  SCC Downtown Campus

Class Fee:  $179 (One year membership to Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club included in class fee)

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Fall2014CoverThe Corporate & Communication Fall 2014 catalog of classes if now available. You may view online or request one mailed to you.

1st_pageOctober 20-23 with optional Certified Program Planner (CPP) on October 24

The Program Management Institute (PMI) is the most complete, comprehensive and advanced training in the field of class programming!

The PMI is an intensive training that will supply the most-up-to-date data, facts and practical information to keep your program on the cutting edge. You will be able to make the best decisions to solve your problems.

The PMI will:

  • Provide you with the best strategies, tools and techniques to take your program to the next level.
  • Provide you with a professional development experience that strengthens and recognized your status as a professional in the field.
  • Provide your organization with experienced and qualified professional management.

Who Should Attend
Directors, managers, and other professionals conducting a variety of lifelong learning programs, including continuing professional education, community education, recreation, seminars and conferences, continuing education, or any other courses, classes, seminars and educational events.

Agenda Includes:

  • Overview of the Field
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Finances and Budgeting
  • Marketing and Brochures
  • Program Development
  • Pricing
  • And Much More

Date: October 20 – 23, with optional exam date on Oct 24
Location: SCC central campus, Health Science Building, Room 15

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Registration Deadline is September 26, 2014.  Register Online Now!
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QuickbooksAre you spending too much time completing accounting tasks that could be automated via QuickBooks? If so, then QuickBooks-Beyond the Basics will increase your understanding of this program, allowing you more time to focus on your business’s growth. Class starts on Wednesday, July 16th!

Learn to work with balance sheet accounts, physical inventory, and customize QuickBooks for your unique business needs plus much more. Instruction includes skill builders and assessments to aid in your experience. 

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Corporate & Community Education has an AutoCAD Part 1 class starting on May 6 at the SCC Tyger River Campus.

Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, flexible features found in AutoCAD design and documentation software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D CAD tools. Speed documentation, share ideas seamlessly, and explore ideas more intuitively in 3D.

More details available online. Register today!


SCMC LogoSpartanburg Community College’s Corporate & Community Education Division (SCC CCE) is offering a five-week South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) program that provides the essential skills for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing. Thanks to funding from the South Carolina General Assembly, this training is free for qualified individuals.

SCMC is an entry-level advanced manufacturing certification that consists of 200 hours of state-funded training comprised of three core certificate programs plus 40 hours of hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs. The certifications include: MSSC Certified Production Technician, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and OSHA 10 – General Industry. Timken, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin, and Hamrick Mills served as advisers during the curriculum development, and the SCMC training offered by SCC CCE is endorsed by Spartanburg Steel Products, Duer Carolina Coil, Leigh Fibers, Venture Measurement Company, Inman Mills.

Ideal candidates for the program include unemployed, underemployed or veterans looking to start a career in advanced manufacturing. Applicants must successfully complete a drug screen and background check, score silver or better on the WorkKeys test, provide documentation of at least a high school diploma or GED, and show a commitment towards completing the program.

“The South Carolina Manufacturing Certification is designed to address the skills gap in our state and increase employment rates in our area,” said Mike Forrester, SCC executive assistant to the president and director of economic development. “There are excellent jobs available with local companies seeking individuals with these qualifications, and these companies offer competitive wages and benefits as well as safe, state-of-the-art working environments.

SCC CCE will be offering information sessions on Monday, April 21st from 2pm to 3:30 pm and Tuesday, April 22nd from 10am to 11:30 am at SCC’s central campus.  For more details or to register online go to http://www.sccsc.edu/scmc/ and click on Get Started Today!


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