Spartanburg Community College


Monthly Message from the President




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September 19, 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.




Academic Year Kickoff

We kicked off the 2011-12 Academic Year with our first All-College Meeting on Friday, August 26. Please follow the attached link to view the meeting: All College Meeting Video Link


BBQ Bash

Following the All-College Meeting, we celebrated the new academic year with a Faculty & Staff Back-to-School BBQ Bash in the beautiful Horticulture Pavilion. My special thanks to the Wellness Committee, Chief Andre Kerr, Student Ambassadors, door prize donors and everyone else who helped make the BBQ a success. Wellness Committee members organized the event and provided a variety of delectable desserts for the event. Chief Kerr provided music, comedy and charm, and students and graduates shared their stories and expressed their gratitude to faculty and staff for contributing to their success.

 BBQ photo 1


Grant Partnerships

SCC has joined community colleges, industries and universities in the region and nation to seek major grants to fund technology education programs focused on targeted industries such as automotive manufacturing and energy. These partnerships include:

·       A $3.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant to develop and deliver nuclear energy training throughout the Southeast. Duke Energy is our industry partner in the four-year program, focused on helping to meet the national need for 41,000 skilled nuclear employees by 2030.

·       An NSF ATE grant to establish a partnership with Clemson I-CAR to provide online instructional modules in engineering technology, industrial technology and foundational science courses supporting technology education. Community college faculty will work with Clemson faculty to develop an online curriculum that meets our students' and employers' needs. The Clemson partnership could expand to include opportunities for our students to work with graduate engineering students at the I-CAR campus.

·       The Auto Communities Consortium, comprised of 34 community colleges in 16 states focused on training and retraining as well as developing innovative and efficient educational strategies to meet workforce needs. Dean of Technology Jeff Hunt is our liaison to the Auto Communities Consortium.


We have been involved in the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) for two years. AMTEC is an NSF-funded ATE Center focused on developing a standardized and industry-endorsed national curriculum for automotive manufacturing. AMTEC is also focused on creating career pathways that are seamlessly linked to secondary schools and the workplace.


Enrollment Reports

Did you know that daily enrollment reports are available on the SCC portal?  Follow the link below to log in and view the latest reports: Enrollment Reports


Fall Registration Continues through October 10th

It's not too late for new and current students to register for Fall "Flex-Start" classes. New classes begin September 22, October 10 and October 26. For more details, visit:  


Alumni Event

Our special thanks to McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects for the use of their Greenville Drive stadium box to host an alumni event. SCC Foundation Executive Director Sam Hook and I welcomed alumni and their families to the Greenville Drive's Friday night, August 26th game against the Augusta Green Jackets.


Culinary Social Events

Sam and I are working with Chef Dawn Larrieu to invite friends of the college to her "A La Carte" culinary class's special events on select Tuesday evenings in the Culinary Dining Room.  The perfect "recipe" for an evening with college friends includes great students and delicious, well-prepared and beautifully presented culinary creations. Our next Culinary Social is Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you are a "foodie" who enjoys a superior culinary experience, please contact Katie Conrad at  Reservations are limited, so don't wait!


SCTEA Membership Drive

Computer Technology Prof. June West once again is leading the College's SCTEA (South Carolina Technical Education Association) membership drive. Membership fees are paid by the President's Office, and SCTEA sponsors a statewide meeting in Myrtle Beach where faculty and staff share best practices and best processes for teaching and learning. For more information and/or to join, please contact June West at


Prof. Peter Stone Leads SCC Student Project

Marketing/Management Program Director Peter Stone is leading a group of SCC marketing students who will compete with Wofford, Converse and USC-Upstate students in seeking corporate and individual sponsorships for the 2012 BMW Pro-Am in Spartanburg. Pete and his student team have been meeting with faculty and students from the other colleges to develop the sponsorship plan and materials. The college team that sells the most sponsorships wins prizes, and we are confident that Pete and his student team will make us proud. Proceeds from the Pro-Am benefit local charities. 


Kudos to Erin Watkins

The College recently received word that our Educational Outreach Centers (EOC) proposal, written by Erin Watkins, received a near-perfect score by readers in the U.S. Department of Education-funded grant program. Many consider EOC the most difficult of the highly competitive TRiO programs, which is testimony to Erin's expertise as a grant writer. Unfortunately, due to federal budget cuts, it is unlikely that any new programs will be funded, but Erin has provided us with a winning proposal to revise and resubmit in the next competition and/or modify for other grant opportunities. Erin, who is project director of our TRiO-funded Student Success Network, also wrote the winning proposal that extended funding for that program.


Talented Faculty and Staff

Three faculty shared their works of art in various shows in downtown Spartanburg last week, demonstrating how our talented faculty and staff enrich the community. Welding Instructor Chris Ray showed his spectacular "Lift Off" blue heron sculpture at the Artist Guild of Spartanburg's 38th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Carolina Gallery. English Instructor Jenny Williams displayed and sold her beautiful watercolors of Spartanburg landmarks at the Annual Piedmont Club Art Show. Adjunct Art Instructor Elizabeth Stehling was honored at the Hub Bub Showroom for her artwork. Congratulations to our resident artists!


Make Note of Upcoming Events

Java with Jones - Central Campus - Thursday, September 22 and Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:30 a.m.


SCC Foundation Board Meeting - Monday, October 10, 2011 12:00 noon.





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