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January 23, 2012



Dr. Jones

Dr. Para M. Jones, Ph.D.

I will be leaving Spartanburg Community College (SCC) on January 31 to take the position of President of Stark State College in my hometown of Canton, OH.

 Leaving this wonderful College, our Commissioners, students, faculty, staff and business and community partners is very difficult. I truly appreciate the enthusiasm, warmth and support you have shown me in the past few years, and I thank you for your work and efforts on behalf of our students and our community.

Thanks to dedicated and student-centered faculty and staff, we have established and accomplished important goals that advance our College's mission of student access, student success and economic development. We have focused on access, affordability and accountability in our strategic plan and measures. I hope you are as proud as I am of the progress we have made together, which includes:

  • Involving the entire college in the strategic plan, and aligning operational planning and employee performance with our strategic plan.
  • Measuring and benchmarking our performance in key areas with peer institutions in the state and nation.
  • Chartering a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honorary for community college students
  • Increasing enrollment, particularly online enrollment.
  • Enrolling more minority students.
  • Instituting All-College Meetings and various information systems and processes to communicate more effectively with faculty and staff.
  • Working with generous lead donors George Dean Johnson, Bill Barnet, Bill Cobb and Ingo Angermeier, who raised $3 million in private donations for the Downtown Campus.
  • Working with our dedicated and supportive elected officials on city council and county council to secure critical support for our Downtown Campus.
  • Increasing enrollment and developing an integrated marketing and recruiting plan that includes community Open House events to showcase our talented faculty and staff, high-quality academic programs and state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
  • Developing new articulation programs with USC-Upstate, Clemson and Sherman College of Chiropractic.
  • Developing forty (40) new high-growth, high-demand programs that lead to rewarding employment in various fields, including:

Management with Human Resource Electives

Associate in Applied Science - General Technology with Culinary Arts Electives

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist

Advanced Certified Nursing Assistant


Palmetto Professional Landscape

Advanced CNC

Production Assistant Technology I and II

Early Childhood Development Director

  • Commissioning a central campus master plan
  • Hiring a dean of technology to ensure state-of-the-art technology education to meet the needs of world-class companies in our service area.
  • Efficiently and effectively managing the College through a period of unprecedented cuts in state funding - a reduction of 50.4% in state revenues

I am grateful to the Commissioners for the opportunity to serve our students and community. Spartanburg Community College's best days are ahead. SCC is well-positioned to provide college access and success to more citizens than ever before; ensure that local companies have the well-educated, technically proficient workforce needed for growth and expansion; and enhance the region's economy.

The SCC Commission has named Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Mr. Henry Giles, Interim President of Spartanburg Community College. Mr. Giles will serve as Interim President during the national presidential search which will be conducted over the next several months.


Para M. Jones, Ph.D.


 Recent News


Welcome Commissioner Kimberly Fowler

The Spartanburg Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education welcomes new Commissioner Kimberly Fowler. As the Nurse Manager of the Mother/Baby Unit at Spartanburg Regional Health System, Ms. Fowler brings a valuable professional healthcare perspective to her Spartanburg County At-Large commission seat. She is a graduate of Dorman High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from USC-Upstate.

Congratulations to student Sidrah Ghaffar

In just over a year, SCC student Sidrah Ghaffar completed the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and has continued on to Wofford College to complete a bachelor's degree. Her ultimate goal is to attend the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

Sidrah's family immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan just over a year ago, and she immediately began courses at SCC. Her English skills improved rapidly and she maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while taking a full course load, working, serving as a student ambassador and becoming very involved on campus. 

"I will never forget SCC and what the College has done for me," says Sidrah. "This will always be my College." 

A Transformational Gift

In December 2011, Dr. Charles M. Fogarty decided to give three townhouses to the SCC Foundation. In addition to the townhouses, Dr. Fogarty also gave a cash gift of $5,000 to assist with any costs that may be associated with the townhouses prior to the Foundation selling them. The townhouses consist of units #24, #25 and #26 at 331 East Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, SC in Raintree Villas. The tax assessed value of these three units is $214,300. He anticipates giving another four (4) units in the current year making a total of seven (7) townhouses. At this time, these gifts are intended to be sold and the proceeds will come to the Foundation as unrestricted funds. This will be a transforming gift to the Foundation. 

AT&T donates funds for Tyger River Campus

Sincere thanks to AT&T South Carolina for generously donating $110,000 to Spartanburg Community College's (SCC) to fund infrastructure renovations at our Tyger River Campus Center for Business & Entrepreneurial Development (CBED).

 "SCC is a catalyst for sustainable economic development in our region, and AT&T is proud to support your efforts," said Jim Evers, AT&T regional director.  

ATT Donation 2012

Sam Hook, Para Jones, Jim Evers and Mike Forrester at the Tyger River Campus Center for Business & Entrepreneurial Development

"We're grateful to AT&T for helping us to continue the innovative programs offered at the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development," said Mike Forrester, SCC's director of economic development and interim director of Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE). "AT&T plays a major role in the success of our county's economic development. This contribution will allow SCC to continue fostering entrepreneurial development and business growth in our area, while also making our region more competitive for new industry and jobs." 

The CBED helps entrepreneurs and businesses launch, build, expand and reorganize successful companies. Located in a foreign trade zone along the I-85 corridor on Highway 290 in Duncan, the 363,000 square foot Center currently offers the following programs and services: 

Soft Landings Program- providing furnished office space and basic office services to qualifying foreign or domestic companies seeking to start new operations in Spartanburg County.  

Small Business Incubator - assisting new businesses in the early start-up phase and existing businesses that are re-tooling or reorganizing for greater success by offering workspace and basic office services.

 Workforce Employment Services - providing temporary office and training space to qualifying companies while aiding in the hiring process from advertising job postings and pre-screenings to pre- and post-employment training. 

Special Projects - assisting business and industry partners with space for beta testing, training or storing inventory.  

Since opening in 2006, the CBED has served the following companies: 3Pec, Benore Logistics, EchoStar, Exel Logistics, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Jankel Tactical Systems, Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions, Integrated Combustion Solutions, Lear Seating, Master Precision Global, MAU (hiring agency for BMW), Sterling Contract Packaging, TFE Logistics Group, and Wetekam.