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February 16, 2012

President's Message


Giles, Henry 2011

Henry C. Giles, Jr., Interim President

Well, the past two weeks have been both exciting and stressful for me. I now have a better appreciation of the tireless energy that Dr. Jones has. There are so many meetings to attend, and so many people to get to know and so much that the College is involved in. I do not know how she did all the things she was involved in and still found time to have time for each of us and to come up with as many ideas to help improve our programs and services for our students. I will try to come up to the bar she set during these next 4 to 6 months.

I am sure you are aware that the Presidential search has begun. Persons interested in being considered for the position should check our web site for information on how to apply. The screening committee is composed of one local commission member, one state board member and one Technical College President. The committee will be staffed by Mrs. Kandy Peacock from the State office.

The screening committee will identify 3 to 4 candidates for the local commission to interview and hopefully select our next president. The process should be complete and the new President hired before the beginning of the Fall term.

Part of my Interim President's job is to keep the college moving in a steady direction. This includes completing this record breaking year and preparing for the coming year. It is critical that our focus be directed toward the College having healthy enrollments at all our campuses. This past year enrollments dropped at three campuses, with the major decreases occurring at Cherokee and Tyger River. We must reverse this trend. We cannot afford to allow any of our campuses to fail.

The Executive Council is working on plans to improve our admissions process to make it easier for students to enroll. We feel that this initiative will encourage potential students to select us as their "College of Choice."

Another critical issue necessary for us to remain a healthy college is that we must retain and graduate more students. The CAPS center has been established in the East Building to help with this initiative. I encourage you to become familiar with CAPS so you can refer students needing assistance.

The Downtown Center continues to take a lot of our time and energy. If everything goes as planned, the facility renovations will begin this summer, with the center opening Fall 2013. This coming year will be a time for program/service planning and implementation. This is necessary so we can have programs and services in place when the center opens.

Finally, we have begun the planning of our 50th Birthday. The College opened the East Building in the Fall of 1963 and has been growing ever since. We are planning on combining our 50th Birthday celebration with the grand opening of the Downtown Campus.

This is truly an exciting time for the College. There is much work for us to do, but our students are worth our efforts!

Please let me know any suggestions that you have for me or ideas you feel will improve the College. Thank you for your support. I will do everything I can to deserve it.

Henry's signature - first name only


 Recent News


Mechatronics / Lego Robotics Lab at the Cherokee County Campus

The Lego Robotics program is a nationally known program offered in public schools as a way to encourage students to expand their Science, Technology and Math (STEM) interest and skills. SCC has received generous grants from Timken and Duke Energy, as well as from the SCC Foundation to fund a Mechatronics / Lego Robotics Lab at the Cherokee County Campus and students will be enrolling this fall.

The lab, which is unique to the Cherokee County Campus within our College infrastructure, will offer on-campus facilities to support the Lego Robotics program which is currently operating at area high-schools via a portable trailer and volunteers.

An upcoming Lego Robotics competition will be an exciting demonstration of the skills and hand-on experience the students have received since the program's inception last year. For more details about the April 28th event, please read: Robotics competition planned here.

Congratulations to SCC's Division of Planning and Information Resources!

SCC recently received notification that our College received a letter of approval of our 5th Year Interim Report for Accreditation from SACS/COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) submitted this year. Thank you to all who provided information and participated in compiling the data submitted for this very important accreditation process. Maintaining SCC's accreditation is integral to our success and the success of our students; it is a critical component of the process that allows the credits students earn here to transfer to other universities and colleges. Preparation is now underway for the 10 year Report. 

 A. Wade Martin "Innovator of the Year Award" Nominee

West, June

June West

For many of you who work with computers on a daily basis, having someone who can help fix your PC when things go awry is so very important. That's one of the reasons why June West, Director of Computer Technology, has been nominated for the The System Foundation's A. Wade Martin "Innovator of the Year" Award for her work developing the SCC Free PC Clinic and the PC Repair Express (PCRx) programs at SCC. These innovative student-run programs provide relevant work experience for SCC students.  Read more about the programs here....A. Wade Martin Award - SCC 2011 Nomination.

The Innovator of the Year Award winner will be announced at the upcoming SCTEA meeting in Myrtle Beach, February 23-24, 2012. June, the SCC family is behind you 100% and we wish you the best of luck!

Interpreter Training Program

An SCC student group from the Interpreter Training Program led by Denise Huff, Program Director for American Sign Language and Interpreter Training is nominated for the SCTEA Student Activity of the Year Award. Read more about the Interpreter Training Program here....SCTEA Student-Community Involvement Project

The Student Activity of the Year Award will also be announced at the SCTEA meeting in Myrtle Beach next week. We wish these students good luck and all our support.

SCTEA Student Community Involvement Interpreter Training

Report to the General Assembly

In a recent report to the General Assembly, on the Status of Equal Employment Opportunity in SC State Government, Spartanburg Community College ranked 16 out of 71 agencies. Congratulations to our Human Resources Department and the entire college for a job well done! Read More...2012 Annual Report on Equal Opportunity in State Government

SC Chamber of Commerce Safety Award

SCC has been awarded the SC Chamber of Commerce Safety Award for our excellent safety record, and will receive a Commendation of Excellence at a luncheon in Columbia on March 14th. Congratulations to Ray Switzer and the entire facilities team for keeping SCC a beautiful and safe place to study, work and learn.




 Alumni Feature Series


Featuring Mike Bruce, '64


Alumni Feature - Mike Bruce

Mike Bruce '64


Read on....Time sure flies when you're having fun!


Mike took the picture below in 2011 during one of his many flights over Spartanburg. "It's been a lot of fun to watch how SCC's campus has grown over the years," says Mike.




Aerial Photo of SCC Campus 2011 by Mike Bruce

Aerial Photo SCC Campus 2011 by Mike Bruce



Welcome New Employees


Cynthia Evans

Cindy Evans, Financial Aid Counselor


Meet Cindy Evans


Cindy has worked at SCC as a temporary employee in the Financial Aid office since March of 2009 and has enjoyed the work and the staff very much. She and her family moved here from Moorpark, California in 2008 when her husband accepted the position of Chief of Police at USC Upstate. In California, Cindy was employed as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at California Lutheran University in the city of Thousand Oaks. She and her husband have two boys ages 12, Klayton, and 13, Ryan, as well as three older children who live in California, Brazil and New York. You can contact Cindy at or at 592-4824.