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Cell Phone Master WEBLooking for a source of income? Join one of the fastest growing and lucrative industries in the world. Cell phone repair is sweeping the Upstate and Certified Technicians are in demand.

Graduates can acquire employment with exciting companies locally or nationally. Go into business for themselves either from home, by providing mobile services or by opening a full service store.

The first class, Cell Phone Repair Introduction, starts July 24. Take a look at all cell phone & iPad courses available and register online today to reserve your seat!

As always you may view our full class listing at https://www.sccsc.edu/cce.

Beat the Heat – Learn something cool this summer!
Take a look at our July classes and register today.

Community Interest

  Class
Dates
Time / Campus
 Cost
Sewing Intermediate 7/8 – 8/5
6:30pm- 8:30pm / SCC
$ 69
7/9 – 8/27
6:30pm – 9 pm / SCC
$299
Motorcycle Rider Beginner 7/10 – 7/12
6pm-10pm
Sa/Su  8 am-4pm / TRC
$239
Cake Decorating – Intermediate 7/13 – 8/3
6:30pm – 8:30pm / SCC
$ 79
Conversational Chinese II 7/13 – 8/5
6:30pm – 8:30 pm / SCC
$159
7/14 – 7/30
6:30pm  – 8:30pm / SCC
$ 79
Defensive Driving 7/18
8 am – 5 pm / DTC
$ 99

Computer Technologies

Class
Dates
Time / Campus
 Cost
QuickBooks 2015: Basics 7/11 – 7/18 9am – 3:30pm / TRC $ 299
7/15 9am – 5pm / CCC
$ 199
SharePoint 2013 End-User 7/21 – 8/13 6pm – 8:30pm $ 499
QuickBooks: Beyond the Basics 7/22 – 8/12 5:30pm – 8:30pm / TRC $ 299
PowerPoint 2010: Advanced 7/23 – 8/13 6pm – 8pm / SCC $ 299
7/27 – 9/4 9am – 1pm / TRC
$1299

Healthcare Programs

Class
Dates
Time / Campus
 Cost
Phlebotomy Technician 7/6 – 9/4
10am – 2pm / SCC
$ 969
7/16
4pm – 8pm / SCC
$  59
7/22 – 8/25
9am – 4pm / SCC
$ 899
Patient Care Technician (PCT) 7/22/15 – 1/27/16
9am – 4pm / TRC
$3359

Industrial & Manufacturing

Class
Dates
Time / Campus
 Cost
Lean 101: This Stuff Works 7/8
7/22
8am – 12pm / TCC
8am – 12pm / Union
$119
$119
7/10
7/24
7/31
8am – 12pm / TRC
8am – 12pm / CCC
8am – 12pm / Union
$139
$139
$139
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification 7/27 – 7/28 8am – 4:30pm / SCC $539

Professional Development

Class
Dates
Time / Campus
 Cost
Real Estate: Broker B 7/6 – 7/9 8:30am – 5:30pm / SCC $289
Train the Trainer Workshop 7/7
7/28
8am – 5pm / SCC
8am – 5pm / CCC
$249
$249
Introduction to Brand Creation 7/7 – 7/16
6pm – 8pm / TRC
$189
7/8 – 8/19
8:30am – 11:30am / DTC
$999
7/8 8:30am – 11:30am / DTC $149
Real Estate: Post Licensing 7/13 – 8/12
6pm – 9pm / TRC
$319
Getting Things Done 7/15
8:30am – 11:30am / DTC
$149
Property Management 7/20 – 7/23
8:30am – 5:30pm / TRC
$289
Real Estate Career Night 7/20
6pm – 7pm / SCC
FREE
Communication Essentials 7/22
8:30am – 11:30am / DTC
$149
Making Product Ideas a Reality 7/28 – 7/30
6pm – 8 pm / TRC
$189
7/29
8:30am – 11:30am / SCC
$149
Advance your career and get noticed by taking your skills to the next level with our Lean 101 & Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training!

Lean 101: This Stuff Really WorksLean101

In this course you will be introduced to a fast moving, hands-on, entry-level look at the history, rationale and fundamental principles of lean manufacturing. You will take a walk through the 8 Muda (or wastes) that recounts the trials and tribulations of the fictional Whacker Hammer Company. The 5-S portion includes several hands-on exercises that demonstrate the value of setting up and maintaining an orderly workplace. Your class culminates with a production simulation that allows student teams to put what they have learned into practice to manufacture a product dubbed “Hickema Jigs”. By the end of this training you be oriented to the basic concepts of lean as well as being convinced that “This Stuff Works”. Key concepts: JIT, Kanban, Kaizen, Push/Pull Manufacturing, Standard Work, Cellular Manufacturing, Value-Added-vs-Non-Value Added Activities.
Schedule: Time Day Campus Cost
July 8 8 am – 12 pm Wednesday TRC $ 119
Jul 22 8 am – 12 pm Wednesday Union $ 119
Sep 2 8 am – 12 pm Wednesday Spartanburg $ 119
Sep 9 8 am – 12 pm Wednesday CCC $1 19
Sep 11 8 am – 12 pm Monday Union $ 119

Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

Yellow belt training means enhanced job placement ability, income and career growth. You will be an instant contributor by learning skills and tools that can be applied immediately to help your company improve their bottom line. You will be able to spot areas of monetary loss and eliminate them through process improvement techniques. You will learn techniques to identify and eliminate waste in an organization, value steam mapping, 5S quality improvement and variability reduction techniques.
Schedule: Time Day Campus Cost
Jul 22 8 am – 4:30 pm Mon/Tue Spartanburg $ 539
Dec 7 8 am – 4:30 pm Mon/Tue Spartanburg $ 539

Our online partner ed2go is pleased to announce an update to two existing Career Training Programs. These programs are ideal if you have an interest in mobile and desktop web development.

Mobile Web Developer Web Development

Are you looking for a career in one of the fastest growing occupations available? Are you focused on professional growth by acquiring the latest on-demand technical skill set?

Mobile Web Development is growing exponentially, largely driven by growth in mobile Internet usage in the United States and across the globe. Latest industry publications report that every day more Internet users use mobile devices to access the web.

In this online course, you will learn skills to become a Mobile Web Developer and a valuable asset in a growing industry. View the full outline and register online now!

Mobile and Desktop Web Developer

Expand your career possibilities by learning Web Development in this online program. Build dynamic websites, and play a key role in increasing client-interaction for any company or business. Create your own websites and work with clients, or improve existing websites to increase their functionality and make them more complex or user-friendly.

Knowing both desktop and mobile development technologies will increase your job possibilities exponentially, especially with the increasing use of Smartphones and mobile devices.

Learn the latest in-demand technologies for developing websites for both mobile and desktop devices, and gain versatility as a professional web developer. View the full outline and register online now!

View more Corporate & Community Education Classes online at www.sccsc.edu/cce.

 

Sheriff Chuck Wright and SCC President Henry Giles with Operation Educate Graduates

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright and SCC President Henry Giles with Operation Educate Graduates

Article by: Kim Kimzey | Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hope can make all the difference. So can a second chance.

Eight inmates at the Spartanburg County Detention Center now have more of both.

The women were the first to graduate Operation Educate.

The pilot program is designed to teach inmates job skills that will help them gain and maintain employment.

Tabitha Crisp lost her job after she was arrested in December.

“When I lost my job, everything went downhill,” she said.

The 34-year-old mother of three said she had always worked in the restaurant business. She said she had less than $100 after losing her job. Crisp said she was paid to illegally fill prescriptions. She has been charged with several drug crimes, including three counts of violating drug distribution laws.

Life had been spiraling down for Crisp before her arrest. She was using methamphetamine. And she was out of hope.

“I said, ‘God, please get me out of this. I don’t know what to do,’” Crisp said.

She was arrested two hours later. Jail, she said, probably saved her life. Crisp said she is sober and realizes what’s important in life.

Crisp and other Operation Educate participants learned office and computer skills. They also learned about time management, problem solving, leadership and working under pressure.

Crisp said the program provided her with skills that she hopes will help her move forward after she’s released from jail. Her two sons will soon turn 10 and 14. She missed her daughter’s eighth birthday on Mother’s Day.

“I want my kids to know this is not what life is all about,” Crisp said of jail.

She said incarceration has been a “blessing in disguise.” But now someone else can have her bed.

Angela Martin, 39, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and a weapons offense. Martin said she was renting a room in a house at the time and said neither the drugs, nor the weapon that officers found were in her possession. She’s awaiting her court date.

Martin said she was employed several years ago with a company that’s since closed. She gained skills on the job, but said now she has certification to show prospective employers her abilities. Martin, like Crisp, considered the program an opportunity.

It wasn’t until much later in the program, Martin said, that participants realized its significance. Along with learning job skills, Martin said they will have assistance finding jobs and access to treatment and other services after their release.

“I’m just trying to get on the other side of this,” Martin said.

Her boyfriend and son were there to show their support at the Operation Educate graduation ceremony on Wednesday. A day after the ceremony, Martin was still beaming with excitement. She said graduates were greeted with applause as they entered the room where the ceremony was held.

“I was just blown away that it was such a big deal,” Martin said.

Martin was happy that she made her loved ones proud.

Graduates also were excited that they will receive a complimentary haircut and color and outfits for work.

April Minter, 45, said she’s interested in anything to better herself while she awaits her court date on several drug charges.

“I’m thrilled about it and everything they’re offering us. …It involves everything we need to succeed in a new life,” Minter said of Operation Graduate.

She said it’s difficult for job seekers with criminal records.

“It’s really hard to find someone who will give you a chance,” Minter said.

She said a prospective employer through the program would already know her past. Minter said she would give an employer “110 percent” in exchange for a second chance. After spending a day or so with family, Minter wants to go right to work.

Lichia Oglesby, known as Lee, is a high school graduate. Oglesby, 35, said she’s struggled with addiction since 18. She said she was sober for several years before relapsing on methamphetamine. She was arrested for property and drug crimes in December. Oglesby was recently sentenced and remains jailed and waiting for an opening at a rehabilitation center.

“I get to go home soon, and I’m so ready to get a second chance,” Oglesby said.

The program, Oglesby said, provided much more than job skills and certification. She said it made her realize people are on her side.

“It’s like the community is giving us a second chance,” she said.

Oglesby considers it her “final chance.” She said she doesn’t think she’ll make it through another relapse.

“Today I want to live,” she said.

Oglesby said Operation Educate graduates have received support and hope.

“We’re not bad people. We’re people who made bad choices,” she said.

Oglesby is thankful to the jail and community for the program.

According to information from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the jail, most inmates are unemployed and don’t possess a high school education.

Operation Educate is an effort to reduce recidivism and give inmates an opportunity to learn skills that will keep them in the workforce. The program is made possible through the support of various people and organizations, including the jail, Spartanburg Community College, Upstate Workforce Investment Board, Vocational Rehabilitation and SC Works Upstate.

Jail staff thinks the program could potentially save taxpayers’ money by decreasing the jail population, and significantly impact the lives of inmates and their families.

The eight graduates attended classes Monday through Friday — a total of 20 hours per week — for several weeks.

Deputy Robert Duclos works in inmate services at the jail. He said that the vast majority of inmates are unemployed and that’s often a factor in their incarceration.

Duclos said the next round of Operation Educate will be offered to men. The new class could start at the end of June.

“Poor decisions of the past should not determine their future,” Duclos said.

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Learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of lifelong learning:

1) Always have a book.

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time. Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities you could read as much as a book a week.

2) Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study. Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

3) Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart. But people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you. Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4) Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5) Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on QuickBooks isn’t the same thing as using the software program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush. If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

6) Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning. Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7) Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance. You might look at cleaning internet items you subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. Purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

8 ) Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills. Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9) Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. Try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas. Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

10) Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does. Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

11) Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging. If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12) Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind. Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

13) The Morning Fifteen

Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education. If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14) Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of website building helps me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15) Make it a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

If you are looking for some educational and fun courses, visit us at SCC Corporate & Community Education. There are classes available for you!

A challenged, stimulated brain may be the key to a vibrant life. Studies show that staying active and keeping your brain constantly engaged may help stave off mental and physical ailments and diseases. How do we do this? The answer is simply Lifelong Learning.

Lifelong Learning is the continued educational experience that uses non-credit academic courses, personal development courses, and community interest courses to fully engage the brain, heighten physical activity and maintain healthy social relationships.

Lifelong learning is like a health club for your brain. An active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high. It’s an all-around fantastic tool for better health.

Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities – We all have natural abilities. Take the opportunity to fully explore and develop these abilities.

Lifelong learning opens the mind – An integral part of lifelong learning is the exchange of ideas and viewpoints. These is nothing like listening to or taking part in stimulating discussions to help us see the other side of an issue. The give-and-take opens our minds.

Lifelong learning increases our wisdom – It increases our understanding of they why and whats of previous successes and failures. It helps us understand ourselves better.

Lifelong learning makes the world a better place – Learners can give back to their communities and the world. What we learn can be translated into value for the betterment of society. Our wisdom and insight is a tangible benefit to the world around us.

Lifelong learning helps us find meaning in our lives – Sometimes it is difficult looking back on our experiences. Lifelong learning can give us the benefit of real perspective and enables us to find meaning in our past and current lives.

Lifelong learning keeps us involved as active contributors to society – As 78 million Baby Boomers prepare for their retirement, they are no longer content to sit on the porch and wile away the hours. They are taking part in educational programs, traveling and offering their expertise to society through community involvement. They are an incredible asset and want to keep their skills and brains sharp.

Lifelong learning helps us make new friends and establish valuable relationships – Lifelong learning is a brilliant way to keep in touch with people, meet new friends, and enjoy life surrounded by the company of others.

Lifelong learning leads to an enriching life of self-fulfillment – The capacity to learn and grow does not decrease. We can expand our awareness and create an exciting multi-dimensional life.

If you are looking for lifelong learning opportunities, visit SCC’s Corporate & Community Education webpage. 

 

 

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