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  October 14, 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.


The Community College Completion Challenge

In September, members of SCC's Beta Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa encouraged fellow SCC students to pledge their personal commitment to completing their respective certificate, diploma, and degree programs by signing banners that read, My signature represents my commitment to excellence to Spartanburg Community College, its faculty and staff and my family. I pledge to never give up on myself, my studies and the completion of my education.

The "Community College Completion Challenge" is a national Phi Theta Kappa initiative that encourages all students to commit to completing their academic programs. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honorary for two-year college students. SCC's Beta Sigma Psi Chapter was chartered last April and has more than 150 members.

For more information, please contact Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Advisor Dr. Hopkins at (864) 592-4262 or email or Ms. Jenny Williams (864) 592-4851 or (Read the full article here.)

Commitment to Completion

Increase in Graduation Rates

SCC Registrar Celia Bauss reports an increase of nearly 22% in the number of graduates from 2010 to 2011. In 2009-10, 658 students graduated from SCC. In 2010-11, the number of students graduating in 2010-11 increased to 801 -- an increase of 143 graduates. Efforts by students, faculty and staff to improve student retention, success and completion are paying off!

Frederick Watson

SCC student Frederick Watson refused to let transportation issues prevent him from achieving his goal of pursuing his education at Spartanburg Community College. Frederick, who is hearing impaired, walked two-and-a-half hours each way (for a total of five hours) to get to campus every day. When she heard about Frederick's determination, Leila McKinney contacted some community "angels," who raised funds for a moped, helmet, gloves, rain suit and gas cards. Frederick is delighted and grateful for the transportation. Thank you to Leila for helping our student, to our community "angels" for their generous help and to Frederick for his positive spirit and determination.

Frederick Watson

Open House

SCC's Fall Open House is Tuesday, October 18 from 4-7 pm at the central campus. The free event showcases our programs, faculty, staff, students, classrooms and laboratories and is ideal for students of all ages, families and anyone in the community interested in learning more about the College. Visitors will:

  • Learn about our more than 100 certificates, diplomas and associate degree programs, which lead to immediate, rewarding employment in high-growth, high-demand fields
  • Tour our state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms
  • Find out why each year 91% of SCC graduates find employment and/or transfer to universities
  • Talk to our dedicated faculty and staff
  • Explore opportunities for financial aid, scholarships, Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) and more.

Attendees can register to win door prizes, including a $500 scholarship from the SCC Foundation. For more information and to register, visit

Friends of the Arboretum Event

The third annual Friends of the SCC Arboretum Celebration was held on October 6 and featured a guided tour of the new "Cabeana Gardena" landscape designed and planted by Horticulture Department Chair Jason Bagwell, faculty members Kevin Parris and Jay Mohr and our horticulture students. The garden tour was followed by a presentation and lecture by faculty featuring summer garden journeys from Cape Cod to the desert. Faculty also unveiled plans for a new campus xeriscape featuring low-water turf and plants. Following the xeriscape theme, guests enjoyed a dinner featuring Southwestern cuisine and décor. Proceeds from the event benefit SCC's Horticulture program and the Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship Fund. Thank you to all of the community friends who attended and to our horticulture faculty and students for an outstanding program, charming cactus centerpieces and complimentary plants for our guests. Special thanks to Sam Hook and the SCC Foundation for assisting our Horticulture department in hosting this signature event.

Arboretum Event
Plant Sale

SCC's Horticulture program is teaming up with the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club for the Fall Plant Sale, October 14 and 15 on SCC's campus. Please see the attached flyer for details. (View the flyer here.)

Governor's Town Hall Meeting

Governor Nikki Haley will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, October 17 at 6 pm in the Auditorium of the Tracy J. Gaines Building on SCC's central campus. The Governor's office has invited Upstate residents to meet the Governor, learn about her plans for the upcoming legislative session, ask questions and make her aware of concerns and issues.

Spring Registration

Spring Registration begins October 26. New students can apply for admission by stopping in or calling Admissions at 864.592.4800 or 866.591.3700 (toll-free) or apply online at

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