Spartanburg Community College


Monthly Message from the President



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December 15, 2011


This monthly message is part of our ongoing effort to share news, events and initiatives at Spartanburg Community College (SCC).

 Please call, email or visit to share questions, suggestions or comments. Email:; Phone: 864.592.4655: Office: Third floor, Student Services Center

 Thank you for your support of our students and community.


Para M. Jones, Ph.D.



Grant Awards

SCC has been awarded a $100,000 Duke Energy grant to fund the Lego Robotics Lab at the Cherokee County Campus. Duke's gift will enable our College to strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Cherokee County and encourage more students to pursue careers in engineering technology and industrial technology fields.   This program will help fill the need for more technically proficient college graduates to fill current and future job openings in manufacturing, energy and industrial companies that dominate the Upstate economy.

Duke Energy is a wonderfully supportive community partner, and we sincerely appreciate their ongoing support of education and students in the region.

The Duke Energy grant complements the $100,000 already given by The Timken Foundation of Canton, bringing our total for the Lego Robotics Lab to $200,000.

Scholar/Donors Brunch

On Friday, December 2nd, the SCC Foundation brought scholarship recipients together with scholarship donors over brunch. The students had the opportunity to meet and to thank the donors who made their scholarship dollars possible, and the donors enjoyed seeing their donations to the SCC Foundation bear fruit.

2011 Scholar Donor Breakfast

 2011 SCTEA Educator of the Year Awards:

Congratulations to the 2011 SCTEA Educator of the Year Award winners:

Administrator of the Year: Alison Cann

Faculty of the Year: Matthew Alimagham

Staff of the Year: Billy Duncan

Pinning Ceremonies

Graduating Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting and Nursing (ADN) students received their pins at recent pinning ceremonies held in the TJG Auditorium. Congratulations and best wishes for these students' future success! Thank you to all the dedicated and talented health sciences faculty and staff who make our health programs so very popular and successful.

Spring Registration

Student registration for Spring semester is ongoing, and full session classes begin January 9th. Don't forget to encourage students to register for flex-start classes, which begin February 13, 2012.  Our Spring Open House is scheduled for March 20, 2012.

Reaching Out

SCC's Math Club reached out to more than 70 active-duty military soldiers serving overseas with their Christmas Card holiday greetings project.   Thank you for your support of the US military and for your thoughtful volunteer service project.  

SCC Student Achieves Academic Success while Serving Overseas

For most students, study abroad is an opportunity to learn at a foreign university and experience cultural exchange in a desirable European location. For Bruce Keenon, spending a year abroad means serving our nation as a private in the United States Army stationed in Afghanistan while taking online courses at Spartanburg Community College. I had the privilege of meeting Bruce for the first time while he was home on leave prior to Fall semester, 2011. We struck up a conversation at the College bookstore, where he was purchasing his books for the upcoming semester.

Our brief conversation led to continued correspondence via periodic emails that are always positive, upbeat and complimentary of the SCC faculty and staff who have helped him with his studies. In his latest email, Bruce reported, "I'm doing fine. I have less than 40days left in Afghanistan. I have some good news. I passed all my classes this semester, and I will be attending graduation in May. You really have a great staff. They really worked with me this entire year since I have been deployed. I took a total of nine online classes this year and passed them all."

Learning Center Director Linda Klinzing is one of the many SCC people who has worked with Bruce. She also corresponds with him regularly.

I am happy to report that Bruce will return home in January and plans to graduate in May. Congratulations to Bruce on his academic success, thank you to the faculty and staff who have contributed to his academic success, and we look forward to welcoming Bruce back home soon!

Holiday Wishes

Thanks to all for your hard work and dedication to Spartanburg Community College students. I wish you and your families a joyous, peaceful, happy and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



December 15, 2011