By: Nolan Blair, WYFF ReporterImate of Operation Workforce inmates

Around 15 inmates were recognized for work they’re doing to better their lives outside jail at Cherokee County Detention Center.

“They earned their South Carolina Ready to Work certificate, which is work keys because they can go out, you know, apply for jobs,” said Lisa Hannon, director of the Adult Education Program for Cherokee County. “And they also earned a certificate through Spartanburg Community College Corporate & Community Education Division on operational workforce training.”

Business and community leaders were present for the ceremony, showing their support to the inmates.

Jamyn Humphries was one of the inmates recognized. He says he’s been in the Cherokee County Detention Center for 10 months because of a heroin addiction. Humphries believes he’s the most mature he’s been. His wants to succeed in society when free and not return to jail.

“It’s not a goal, it’s a mission,” said Humphries. “It’s my lifelong mission going forward not to return to jail. I have children and family that love me.”

Officials say the same certificates will be offered to women in January 2020.

To learn more about Operation Workforce Training contact:
Melissa Schmitt
SCC Corporate & Community Education
864-592-4382 or schmitt@sccsc.edu

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December 20, 2019
GSA Business Staff Writer

AFL is continuing its Operational Workforce Program into 2020 with 14 new students from Byrnes High School joining the program in January.

Through a partnership with Spartanburg Community College Corporate & Community Education, the training program will offer the students an introduction to manufacturing, according to a news release. Classes are provided by Spartanburg Community College professors at Byrnes High School.

“With competition for a talented workforce at an all-time high, this program provides an entrance point for our younger generation,” Ryan Burns, human resources director for AFL, said in the release. “We are able to train students who are eager to learn about manufacturing and jumpstart their career.”

AFL started its first Operational Workforce Program in early 2018 and have fully employed six students who graduated from the program.

“The training we provide also creates an awareness of who we are, the impact we have in our markets, with our customers and in our community,” Burns said in the release.

AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories, began operations in Spartanburg County in 1984, manufacturing Optical Ground Wire, a fiber optic cable found on transmission lines, according to the release. Since then AFL has expanded its product portfolio to include additional fiber optic cable, connectors, fiber management systems, test and inspection equipment, education, training and services.

The company’s products are in use in more than 130 countries. AFL also offers a variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg and is a subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.

View the story online at GSA Business https://gsabusiness.com/news/education/77695.

December 18, 2019
Ledger Staff Writer

Six Spartanburg Community College Corporate & Community Education students take the Patient Care Technician oath Dec. 13 during a pinning ceremony held in Gaffney. Graduates of the certificate program include Manda Bolin, Maranda Bolin, Cassidy Case, Bobbi Peterson, Ashley Cool and Melany Williams. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL)

After five months of long night drives from Union, Ashley Cool paused with her classmates Dec. 13 to celebrate another step on her path towards a nursing career.

Cool is one of six students to participate in a pinning ceremony as the first graduates of a new Patient Care Technician certificate program at the local Spartanburg Community College campus. Graduates included Manda Bolin, Maranda Bolin, Cassidy Case, Melany Williams and Bobbi Peterson, who also received her certified nursing assistant certificate during the ceremony.

A patient care technician supports nurses and medical staff by monitoring vital signs, drawing blood and providing basic patient care.

For the past five months, Cool, 24, drove an hour from her home in Union to the Spartanburg Community College campus to attend 3- hour evening classes four nights a week in Gaffney. She worked a full-time job on the weekends, balancing caring for her two young sons with late-night study sessions.

“When I took the certified nursing assistant class, our teacher at Spartanburg Community College encouraged us to continue our education by signing up for the patient care technician class,” Cool said. “I feel very blessed to have a compassionate teacher for the class. I learned a lot about myself. This experience has made me want to become a registered nurse so I will enroll in ECPI (East Coast Polytechnic Institute) in Greenville next year.”

Students completed 64 hours of classroom work, 44 hours of clinical work and have passed two national exams to become certified as patient care technicians and electrocardiogram (EKG) heart monitor technicians. The students will take their final exam for a phlebotomy certification test in mid-January. This will allow them to obtain blood samples from patients in medical offices and prepare those specimens for medical testing.

The Patient Care Technician class allowed students to gain experience at the college’s medical partners Cherokee Medical Center, Union Medical Center, Brookview Terrace, Valley Falls Terrace, and Spartanburg Medical Center.

“We always tell our students that their clinical hours are an extended job interview where they are gaining experience and being watched by potential employers,” said Cynthia

Gray, healthcare program director for SCC corporate and community education. “We have several graduates who have already been offered positions once they pass their certification exams. This education program is a win win situation for both our students and the medical profession.”

Contact SCC Corporate & Community Education at 864-592-4900 for more information.

Cherokee County Small Business Marketing Workshop Series is a partnership of Spartanburg Community College, Winthrop Small Business Development Center, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee KNOW(2) Business Generator that was founded to help the community to develop, grow and support the local market within Cherokee County. This partnership provides small business owners, future and present, the opportunity to attend a workshop series focusing on marketing your small business.

Register for the entire series and save!
$65 for the series or $25 per workshop

Marketing 101:February 26Tuesday6pm-8pm
Facebook: Grow Your BusinessMarch 12Tuesday6pm-8pm
Google: Showcase Your BusinessMarch 26Tuesday6pm-8pm
Instagram: Visual MarketingApril 9Tuesday6pm-8pm

Location: Cherokee County Campus, L. Hoke Parris Business Center, Room 109

To register visit http://www.sccsc.edu/business-academy or for more information contact smithd@sccsc.edu.

Interested in working for a local BMW automotive supplier but lack the required experience?

SCC’s Corporate & Community Education division is launching a new Lean Manufacturing class that gives you an extra boost with employment. Upon completion of the course, it counts as 1-year manufacturing experience with these companies! Full scholarships are available for this 62-hour manufacturing training geared toward those with no manufacturing experience.

Topics include:

  • Automotive Manufacturing and Safety
  • Quality Awareness,
  • Production and Process
  • Maintenance Awareness

Class Schedule:  Saturday, August 18-September 11
Monday through Thursday, 6pm to 10pm.

Email Kenny Parker (parkerk@sccsc.edu) to learn more and sign-up!

Online classes are ready when you are.

Enroll today!

Choose from 14 Different Categories

Art & Design  Business Computer Apps 
Programming Construction Health & Fitness 
Hospitality Information Technology  Language 
Legal  Science Teacher Professional Development 
Test Prep Writing  View All

Classes are available at our various campus locations as well. Check our schedule. 

For questions or to register by phone call Corporate & Community Education at (864) 592-4900 or email at cceinfo@sccsc.edu.

Take a look at the upcoming Corporate & Community Upcoming Classes for May. Below are the start dates.

Business & Professional Development

  • German 101 – May 14
  • How to Speak Clearly – May 17
  • NCCER Electronic Systems Technician – May 1
  • Paralegal Certificate Course – May 1
  • Real Estate First Year Sales – May 7

Community Interest

  • Defensive Driving – May 8 and May 19
  • Essential Oils: Introduction – May 19
  • Motorcycle Rider Beginner – May 11
  • Sewing Basics – May 22

Computer Technologies

  • Excel 2013 Beginner – May 14
  • InDesign: Part 1 – May 22
  • Introduction to Computers – May 15
  • Outlook 2013 Basic – May 1
  • Photoshop: Part 1 – May 8


  • Basic Life Support/CPR – May 12 and May 26
  • Phlebotomy Technician – May 2

Industrial, Manufacturing, Trades

  • Certified Logistics Technician – May 21
  • Construction Cost Estimating – May 30
  • Forklift Training-Sit Down – May 3, May 17, May 31
  • Forklift-Stand Up Reach Truck – May 4, May 18
  • Forklift-Walkie/Rider – May 3, May 17
  • NCCER Electrical: Part 1 – May 8
  • NCCER Plumbing: Part 2 – May 14
  • Truck Driver Training Class A – May 7
  • Welding Refresher – May 1

Be sure to register early!

A series of classes for professional women.

Take individual classes or the entire series!

Women face different challenges in the workplace than men and new skills are required to compete effectively. This 24-hour program will help you find your authentic voice and cultivate executive presence. By integrating evidence based research on effective leadership with lecture, reflective practice and experiential group work, this leadership development series will focus on those challenges and provide skill development with the following modules:

  • Leadership Practices & Commitments
  • Organizational Culture and Your Leadership Style
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communicating with Impact
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Cultivating Executive Presence
  • Bringing it All Together Panel
  • View each module or register individually for $149 per module

Date:  Feb 27 – Apr  | Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tuition: $749
Location: SCC Downtown Campus
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Don’t wait!  Reserve your seat today.

For questions or to register by phone call Corporate & Community Education at (864) 592-4900 or email at cceinfo@sccsc.edu.

Want to learn more about catching Crappie? This accelerated course covers everything you know and lots of stuff you don’t know about crappie fishing!

Finicky but fierce, soft biters and hard hitters, plentiful yet scarce, frustrating yet fun. That’s crappie for you; and most of us have at one time or another wished we knew more about catching them.

Now is your chance to learn in four two-hour sessions that will cover crappie and crappie fishing techniques! Each week, a different instructor will discuss locating crappie by seasonal patterns, stocking and growth rates of crappie, productive crappie lures, and fishing techniques. Instructors include professional crappie guides, as well as crappie tournament pros who will share their expertise.

Meet your instructors and take a look at the topics.

Date:  Feb 17 – Mar 16 | Tu/Th, 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $89

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