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March 16, 2012

President's Message


Giles, Henry 2011

Henry C. Giles, Jr., Interim President

Much has been happening in the last month at SCC in anticipation of new programs with the Spartanburg County School Districts, agreements with USC-Upstate, development of the Downtown Evans Center and major changes in the online application process.

Significant plans in the works are: 1) completing this year's planning objectives, 2) SACS substantive change for Dorman High School and 3) the Technology Centers for Dual Enrollment off Campus Programs.

Our staff is working diligently to refine the admissions process to create a friendlier application process for students.  The revised process will also make it easier for students to register for classes.  These changes are expected to be made by the end of spring term.

In preparation for a new HAAS CNC Lab and Showroom at the Tyger River Campus, we've begun evaluating the space needs in anticipation of a possible transfer of the property to the Enterprise Campus Commission. 

Several members of the SCC faculty and staff attended very informative sessions at SCTEA.  I want to take this opportunity to thank those who attended for their participation and for their sharing of information to those faculty and staff who were not able to attend.  I am especially proud of the ones who were presenters.  Their presentations were excellent.

Dr. Russell Booker, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District Seven, Dr. Jim Ray, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District Three and I met to discuss a potential partnership that would allow dual enrollment classes for students of their districts. Dr. Scott Mercer, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District Two and I are in discussions concerning the possibility of an Early College program for their students.

Dr. Thomas Moore, Chancellor of USC-Upstate and I discussed a better coordination of programs for our two schools which would allow SCC students an easier transition to continue their education. Another option we are considering is offering a joint, non-traditional, Distant Learning Bachelor's Degree program for employees of business and industry.

Work is steadily proceeding on the Downtown Evans Center. I have worked with several entities including banks, architects, and business groups to finalize plans. A notable fact to mention is that SCC will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the entry of the first students in 1963 along with the Grand Opening of the Downtown Evans Center in Fall 2013.

Henry's signature - first name only


 Student Feature Series


Chanda Davis

Chanda is no stranger to the SCC faculty and staff. You may have seen her picture on the portal and in several marketing publications. She has spoken at several events including the 2011 Legislative Delegation Luncheon and the Employee Event following the August 2011 All College Meeting. Chanda is an outstanding student at Spartanburg Community College. She exemplifies the courage and endurance of a woman whose desire is to be a college graduate, a successful working mother and a good example for her children to follow. Chanda has maintained a 3.5 GPA while caring for her children, maintaining a home, and working as a work study student and as a student ambassador for the Recruiting Department. Because she knows that discouragement causes many students to give up, Chanda has become a positive role model constantly encouraging other students to continue the pursuit of their dreams.


Throughout childhood and into adolescence many young people follow the example of those who have influenced their lives the most, be it good or bad. These ideals come from parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and church leaders. Peer pressure from friends also plays an important role in choices as do TV and social media. In subtle ways, girls are guided toward the traditional path of getting married and having a family. During school and after entering the workforce, their choices may change. Life sometimes deals harsh circumstances such as single parenthood, divorce, low wage jobs or unemployment. At this point, many young women reach the conclusion that college is the answer to improve their chances for a career to better their lives.   Life goals are determined by our mindset and usually accomplished through determination and hard work. Although delayed in time, my story is no different.

My elementary years through high school were academically successful. I approached high school with little or no support from anyone except my father. Although he was encouraging, he was unable to direct me with the knowledge of preparation for college. Prior to graduating high school I became a parent which was another motivation to obtain my high school diploma. I completed high school and was self-sufficient, living on my own at the age of seventeen while providing for my child.

I was married at the age of twenty-one and a year later I was blessed with my second child. The next ten years of life held obstacles which I thought prevented me from being able to attend college. Only after dealing with a separation, a divorce and the blessing of my third child, did I realize my personal depth as a strong woman. My goal to better myself and secure a promising future for myself and my children was realized when I enrolled as a student at Spartanburg Community College.

In July of 2009 I visited the Tyger River Campus with a single and foremost concern in mind. As a single mother and sole provider for my family; how in the world could I attend college? After speaking with an admissions counselor, the realization of attending college was finally coming true. Two weeks later I began my first class. I remember walking into class the first night, joyful, thankful and with tears in my eyes; overwhelmed that the reality of my goals was attainable.

Chanda spent many hours studying...Today, I am two semesters away from completing my associate degree in business management. The instructors at SCC have made a major impact in my life. They continually encourage and motivate me to complete my degree. In my capacity as a student ambassador and as a work study for the recruiting services at SCC, I have had the privilege of working with very professional, educated and sincere people at SCC.

 These are only the highlights of my journey through life. For all who read this, no matter what dream or goal you have in life; all you need is determination and the right people to encourage you to stay the course as life happens. I am so very grateful and forever thankful to my children, close friends and family, along with everyone at Spartanburg Community College for being with me throughout this journey.

 Chanda Davis



Recognition Program






SCC Open House: Central Campus, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

March All College Meeting: Friday, March 23, 2012, 11:00 - 12:30, Commissioners' Dining Room

Next Commission Meeting: Monday, April 16, 2012, 4:30 p.m., Snoddy Board Room

Invitation for SCC Employee Recognition Program: April 23, 2012

April All College Meeting: Friday, April 27, 2012, 11:00 - 12:30 TJG Auditorium

Graduation Ceremony: Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium