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Summer Camps for Students ages 11 to 17.

Spartanburg, S.C. – Upstate students will soon have help filling their hot summer days as Spartanburg Community College’s (SCC) Corporate & Community Education Division offers summer day camps for students ages 11 – 17.

Eleven camps offered this summer include:

  • Advanced Video Game Design
  • Animation
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Checkmate! Chess Camp for Teens
  • Etiquette, Manners and Confidence
  • Golf Camp
  • Sewing Basics
  • Sign Language Basics
  • Photography Basics
  • Photoshop Camp for Teens
  • Video Game Design Camp

 The camps will be held throughout June and July at SCC’s central campus in Spartanburg and  the Tyger River Campus in Duncan. The Golf Camp also has a session in August and is held at LB’s Westside Golf Range in Spartanburg.

“We are excited about SCC camps this year because of the variety we’re offering to young people,” says Rebecca Clusserath, program manger in SCC’s Corporate & Community Education Division. “Our camp themes offer something for all kids. In fact, once camp is over, students will have a new skill or talent they can enjoy for years to come.” Clusserath also says that SCC summer camps offer parents the comfort of knowing their children are in a fun, yet safe, educational environment. Each camp offers fun, hands-on projects and experiences. Campers in the Sewing Basics for Teens will get to make pajama pants, while campers in the Animation Camp will create their own digital animation projects. Teenagers interested in photography can learn the basics of taking great photos in the Photography Basics Camp or how to edit them in the Photoshop Camp. Skills that students can use their entire lives will be taught in the Etiquette, Manners and Confidence and in Sign Language Basics camps.

Camps are lead by highly skilled and talented instructors with years of real world experience. Instructors have also taught related topics to adults through SCC’s Corporate & Community Education Division.  Phil Cassidy, who will teach campers the basic fundamentals of the golf swing, is the executive director of the USA Junior Golf Tour and the Golf Professional at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Spartanburg. The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Camp is lead by Jesse Harris, Jr. who has 30 years of experience in law enforcement including patrol, investigations, special operations, and training and has held positions as a patrol officer, investigator, supervisor, Assistant Chief and Chief of Police.

The most popular camp has been the Video Game Design. “Last year campers enjoyed Video Game Design camp so much that we added Advanced Game Design this year,” said Daryl Clevenger, SCC faculty member and instructor of the Video Game Design and Advanced Game Design camps. Both male and female campers will enjoy this because they play video games at home and with their friends, and they already have a general idea about what makes the games ‘good’’, said Clevenger. “The kids were a delight. While I was teaching them, they were teaching me as well.”

Registration for SCC summer camps is going on now. For a complete schedule visit www.sccsc.edu/cce or contact the SCC Corporate & Community Education Division at

(864) 592-4406 or toll free (877) 592-4406.

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Cheri Anderson-Hucks
Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Make the most of your summer! Spend less time and gas money driving to Spartanburg, and take your basic courses in Union. SCC now offers transitional English, reading and math courses as well as introductory health science courses at the Advanced Technology Center, conveniently located on Furman L. Fendley Highway.
 
Check out the details at http://www.sccsc.edu/union or call the Admissions Center at (864) 592-4800. Then apply or register in person at the SCC central campus or online at http://www.sccsc.edu. Open registration for summer classes is going on now! May 10-11 from 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and May 12-14 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Dining Room in the Dan L. Terhune Student Services Building at SCC’s central campus.
 
Don’t delay! Summer classes begin May 17!

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By Kate Lorenz on Apr 27, 2010 in Employment Trends, Featured, Job Search, Mature Workers

This spring there seems to have been an explosion of positive employment news that’s left skeptics wondering, “Is this news too good to be true?” and job seekers crying foul. 

While we are not out of the woods yet, President Obama was cautiously optimistic in a recent radio address. “Even as we have come a long way, we still have a ways to go,” Obama said.  “No matter what the economic statistics say, I won’t be satisfied until folks who need work can find good jobs.  After a recession that stole 8 million jobs, this is going take some time.”

The report, which was sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, predicts that within the next eight years there could be at least 5 million potential job vacancies in the United States, nearly half of them (2.4 million) in social sector jobs in education, health care, government and nonprofit organizations, assuming a return to healthy economic growth and no change in immigration or labor force participation rates.

The report identified 15 jobs that will provide the largest number of potential new encore career opportunities in the coming decade.   Read More.

Remember SCC Corporate and Community Education can help you prepare for the future. 

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Fourth Installment of Nonprofit Academy
Offered at SCC’s Cherokee County Campus

Spartanburg, S.C. – A fourth installment of Spartanburg Community College’s Nonprofit Academy will be offered in May at the SCC Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney.
 
The Nonprofit Academy, offered through SCC’s Corporate and Community Education Division, will cover topics vital to the success of nonprofit organizations including basic nonprofit structure, the board of directors, organizational planning and development, media relations, fundraising and volunteer recruitment and management.  The program consists of 17 sessions held from May 17 – October 11.
 
Graduates from the Nonprofit Academy, Don Ross and Tammie McGee, both attended the program a few months after starting different positions with Peachcenter Ministries. As a volunteer, Ross chairs the board of directors, while McGee was hired as the executive director. With very different roles in the organization, both found that the course materials were relevant and all encompassing. “What I learned from the course changed how we operate in many ways. Our board meetings are more productive and our fundraisers are more successful. The course provided resources that really helped with obtaining grants and working with the media,” said McGee.
 
Ross has a background in business and was new to the nonprofit sector. He often finds himself still referencing the materials provided in the course. “The Nonprofit Academy defined the roles and responsibilities of a board of directors and how effective nonprofits operate. I also found that the interactions with other people in the course were just as informative and insightful as the course materials.”
 
The Cherokee County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas, provides grants for 50 percent of the course tuition fees for Cherokee County nonprofits with staff attending the program.   To apply for the financial support contact Oscar Fuller, consultant for the Cherokee County Community Foundation, at (864) 489-9483.
 
To register for SCC’s Nonprofit Academy, contact the SCC Corporate and Community Education Division at (864) 592-4900, or online at www.sccsc.edu/cce <http://www.sccsc.edu/cce> .

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