With fall classes underway at the new Evans Academic Center at the SCC Downtown Campus, the College is celebrating its grand opening with two events this month – a formal Grand Opening Celebration and a free community drop-in. The entire community is invited to see the restorations of this historic landmark and the renovated classrooms and labs that will provide a state-of-the-art educational experience and training for thousands of future students.
“These grand opening events are opportunities for our SCC faculty, staff and students to say thank you to the many donors, businesses and industries that made our new Downtown Campus and the renovated Evans Academic Center a reality,” explains Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “We are inspired by the significance of this initiative and the impact it will have on our community and our local economy from this point forward, and we want to share that with our community.”
The Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, October 23, from 6:30pm until midnight, will be an evening of fine food, live music and dancing, a brief College presentation, and self-guided tours of the Evans Academic Center. College mementoes honoring SCC’s 50th Anniversary will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.sccsc.edu/celebrate until October 14.
On Sunday, October 27, the community is invited to drop-in from 2 to 4p.m. for light refreshments and tours of the building. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet staff members and learn more about campus offerings. Admission is free.
“We welcome community residents into this beautiful, historic building so they can see first-hand the results of our partnerships, and the exciting educational, training opportunities that await students,” said Judy Sieg, SCC executive director.
Originally known as the Evans Building, this historic 1920’s structure served as the center of Spartanburg’s educational system for more than 50 years as the Frank Evans High School, Spartanburg High School and Evans Junior High School, before being acquired by Spartanburg County. SCC announced the purchase of the 104,000 square foot building in 2009 with plans to provide education and workforce training to local residents and serve as a catalyst for increased economic development in downtown Spartanburg. SCC’s restoration and LEED Silver certified renovations have placed the Evans Academic Center on the National Register of Historic Sites.