Archive for December, 2010

The December Newsletter highlights Healthcare Careers. In this issue learn about the E-911 Telecommunicator, Cardiac Care Associate and others.

Emergency 911 Telecommunicator

 Emergency 911 Telecommunicator class completed in June, 2010 at SCC Corporate & Community Education and resulted in interviews for 60% of the students with one student accepting a job at Spartanburg 911.

SCC is the first in South Carolina to offer training for Emergency 911 Telecommunicator. In this program you will develop the skills and learn the techniques necessary to help save lives.  Two National certifications are included in this program, ETC: Emergency Telecommunicator Certification, and APCO: Association of Public Safety Communications Professionals. Read More.

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Cheri Anderson-Hucks
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
(864) 592-4931 or (864) 494-6679 (cell)
For Immediate Release
December 14, 2010        

Spartanburg, S.C. – Spartanburg Community College (SCC) is one step closer to opening the College’s new Downtown Campus. The South Carolina State Budget and Control Board gave final approval today for the College’s purchase of the historic Evans Building. Located on South Dean Street in downtown Spartanburg, the 110,000 square-foot, three-story Evans Building will now be purchased from Spartanburg County for $3,340,000 by the College. In exchange, the College will transfer ownership of the Dent Building to the County, which is the current site of County administrative offices.
“Spartanburg Community College remains committed to our partnership with Spartanburg County and so many others who are dedicated to creating a learning environment in the Evans Building,” says Gary Towery, chair, Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education. “This last approval from the State Budget and Control Board allows the College to proceed with the development of the Downtown Campus, and puts us closer to our goal of creating a thriving local economy with education at the center. Thanks to the collaborative partnership and vision of so many who have supported this initiative, our entire community will have an opportunity to pursue associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in the heart of our city.”
Plans for SCC’s Downtown Campus began in 2009 in an effort to:

  • develop an educational hub for those who live, work and play in downtown Spartanburg,
  • respond to Spartanburg County’s 40/30 Challenge to increase higher education attainment of citizens of all ages, and
  • create a Workforce Development Center to meet the needs of underemployed and unemployed citizens in the downtown area.

In July of this year, the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education voted to purchase the Evans Building from Spartanburg County. The Evans Building is the ideal site for the new campus, given its square footage and central location in a thriving and growing downtown, all of which will provide access to an underserved population. More features of the building include convenient parking and proximity to Spartanburg’s world-class library. SCC expects to open the new campus in spring 2013. Funds for renovation, equipment and furnishings are being raised through public and private fundraising efforts as well as federal grants and financing opportunities.
“Revitalizing the historic Evans Building with such deep ties to Spartanburg and education is a true privilege for SCC, and aligns perfectly with our mission and vision to ‘change the lives and build the futures of our students, and to be a catalyst for economic development through innovation, collaboration and excellence,’ “ says Dr. Para M. Jones, SCC president. “Returning the Evans Building to its original purpose – a center of education – will result in a legacy that will sustain our community for many years to come.”

The Evans Building was the center of Spartanburg’s educational system for more than 50 years. Built in 1921, it was the Frank Evans High School from 1922-1933, Spartanburg High School from 1933-1959, and last used for educational purposes as Evans Junior High School from 1959-1978, when it was sold to the County.
The downtown community college concept is a national model, one that offers a proven track record of success. This model is good for business and it improves lives. In fact, state and local governments reap a 16 percent return on every dollar they invest in community colleges due to the increased earnings of graduates, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.
“It is well documented across the nation that when a community college opens a downtown campus, it changes the culture in terms of college access,” adds Jones. “Our goal is to make a significant investment in downtown Spartanburg and open the ‘educational door’ to as many people as possible.”
SCC was recently named one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the United States, according to Community College Weekly. The College’s Downtown Campus will provide convenient access to educational and training opportunities that lead to high-growth, high-demand career opportunities for students of all ages and from all backgrounds.

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Cheri Anderson-Hucks
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
(864) 592-4931 or (864) 494-6679 (cell)
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010        
Spartanburg, S.C.
Spartanburg Community College is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the nation, according to Community College Week.  Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, SCC’s enrollment grew from 4,701 to 5,713 students from fall 2008 to fall 2009. The College’s enrollment increase of 22 percent earned it the honor of 15th fastest growing among approximately 249 community colleges in the nation with enrollments ranging from 5,000 to 9,999.     
“The national recession has driven younger students to community colleges because our tuition is more affordable than that of four-year colleges and universities,” said Para M. Jones, Ph.D., president of Spartanburg Community College (SCC). “The result is that the average age of our students has gone down from approximately 28 to 26 years of age.
“Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties lag the state and South Carolina lags the nation in the number of people with postsecondary degrees, largely because of the textile and industrial jobs available in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s,” Dr. Jones pointed out. “But the economy has changed and people know they need at least an associate degree to get and keep good jobs.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2010) reports that 60 percent of jobs today and in the future require at least an associate’s degree. Spartanburg County, the state and nation have ambitious goals of educating more Americans by 2020 to improve our nation’s ranking of 12th in the world in education attainment.
“For decades, the U.S. was No. 1 in the world in education attainment but we are falling behind and that is not acceptable,” Dr. Jones pointed out. “That means that not only do we need to educate more students coming directly out of high school, but we need to encourage more adults to come back to college for certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that lead to high-growth, high-demand careers.
“SCC is the ideal learning environment for adults returning to college because we offer a full schedule of day, evening and even weekend classes at convenient locations in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties,” she added.
SCC provides convenient, affordable and transferable educational opportunities to Upstate residents as well as to resident across the nation through online course options. SCCOnline offers more than 100 online courses as well as complete online associate degree and certificate programs of study.  For more information on all SCC offerings, visit the SCC website at www.sccsc.edu/academics.
Registration for spring 2011 classes is currently underway at all SCC locations. The SCC central campus in Spartanburg will hold open registration on January 4-5 from 8:30 am-7:00 pm and on January 6-7 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Dining Room in the Dan L. Terhune Student Services Building. The SCC Tyger River Campus in Duncan will also hold open registration on January 4 from 9:00 am-7:00 pm in the Tyger River Building. The SCC Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney will hold open registration on December 14 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm in the Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.  Academic Building. Residents in Union County may register for SCC classes at the Union County Advanced Technology Center on December 15 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
For more information on SCC programs and registering for classes, contact the SCC Admissions Center at (864) 592-4800, toll-free (866) 591-3700, or online at www.sccsc.edu.
About Spartanburg Community College.
SCC offers more than 80 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including online classes through SCCOnline, FlexStart classes, evening classes and more. The College also offers non-credit classes through the SCC Corporate & Community Education Division.  For more information visit www.sccsc.edu.
About Community College Week.
Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information and news for and about the nation’s community, junior, and technical colleges. Published biweekly, Community College Week’s readers include college presidents, trustees, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities. For more information visit www.ccweek.com.

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A recent sewing class at SCC Corporate & Community Education produced a lion’s share of creativity.  Zack is thrilled with the Halloween costume his mom, Kelly Arthur, made in the class.

If you want to learn how to make projects like this, clothes and decor for your home, join the next sewing class on February 22, 2011.

The class will teach you how to select fabric, read patterns, lay and cut out patterns on fabric, put in zippers, sleeves, hems and much more! Students need to bring sewing machine, pattern and material for project. Register online.  See you there!

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