Contact: Cheri Anderson-Hucks Director, Marketing & Public Relations (864) 592-4931 or (864) 494-6679 (cell) email@example.com For Immediate Release March 23, 2010
Spartanburg Community College’s Student-Run
PC Repair Clinic Wins 1st Place State Award
Spartanburg, S.C. – Since its inception in 2004, the Spartanburg Community College Free PC Repair Clinic has completed repairs on more than 1,000 computers.
The initiative, sponsored by SCC’s Computer Technology Club and run by current SCC computer technology students, recently won first place in the South Carolina Technical Education Association’s Student-Community Involvement project competition. Competition guidelines required that club projects provided a positive learning experience for students and make a contribution to the community. The club also received $300 towards funding future clinics.
“The Free PC Repair Clinic continues to be an outstanding experience for our students,” said June West, SCC’s computer technology instructor and faculty sponsor of the clinic. “They learn valuable troubleshooting skills that will go with them as they graduate and enter the workforce, plus they have the opportunity to practice critical customer service skills which will help them no matter what they do or where they go.”
Winners were announced at the annual SCTEA conference in Myrtle Beach. SCC students Herb McLaughlin and Kevin L. Smith have volunteered hundreds of hours during the clinics. They drove from Spartanburg to Myrtle Beach for the awards luncheon to represent all SCC students involved in the project.
“We are increasing our skills by working directly with people, and we are also helping our community by providing this free service,” said McLaughlin. “I enjoy working with people and have met a lot of very thankful people for the services the clinics provide.”
The Free PC Repair Clinics are offered each semester by current SCC computer technology students and are free and open to the public. It is a unique community service that has saved many area residents costly computer repair bills and helped to educate them on the dangers of computer viruses and other issues that damage computers.
The clinics provide SCC students the opportunity to gain practical experience in dealing with the public and in diagnosing and completing repairs. Clients receive free service, a chance to ask questions and the opportunity learn more about their computers while the work is being done.
“I will graduate with hands-on experience that will give me a solid foundation when I enter the workforce,” said Smith. “The PC Repair Clinics have helped me gain better skills in solving computer problems, everything from quick fixes to unique and time consuming issues,” Smith added.
SCC faculty members and program graduates who are lead technicians with A+ certification specific to the computer industry give final approval for all work completed by students. No work is performed without the clients’ prior approval.
The next PC Repair Clinic will be held at the SCC Tyger River Campus in Duncan on Saturday, April 10 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Tyger River Building, room 120.
For additional information about SCC’s computer technology programs contact June West, SCC computer technology instructor, at (864) 592-4864, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://www.sccsc.edu/academics/programs/comp.