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Dear SCC Friends, 
My monthly electronic message is part of our ongoing effort to communicate with faculty and staff, commissioners and foundation board members about the many initiatives, activities and happenings at Spartanburg Community College (SCC). 
I invite you to contact me with your input, thoughts, suggestions and questions as we continue sharing SCC news and information. 


Mr. Gregory M. Tate of Gaffney, SC is the newest appointee to the SCC Commission, representing Cherokee County.  Mr. Tate is a retired CFO/Controller from the construction industry and is very active in the Gaffney community.  We look forward to working with him and welcome him to the Commission and our College. 


Educator of the Year Award Winners Honored at SCTEA 

SCTEA Award Winners 2011

Spartanburg Community College salutes the following faculty and staff, who were honored at the annual (SCTEA) South Carolina Technical Education Association conference in Myrtle Beach on Friday, February 18: (left to right) Peter Stone, professor of management and marketing and SCTEA Outstanding Faculty member; Dr. Pamela Hagan, academic dean and SCTEA Outstanding Administrator; June West, professor of computer technology and SCTEA representative for the College; and Kevin Parris, professor of horticulture and A. Wade Martin Award nominee. Karyn Stephens, Outstanding Staff Member, is pictured at left with Pete and Pam.


Professional Development Grants

Congratulations to the following employees who received a Foundation Professional Development grant for spring term: 

·        June West

·        Jon Backman

·        Belinda Chastain

·        Nancy Garmroth

·        Dawn Larrieu

·        Katherine Stiwinter

·        Kathryn Conrad  


The SCC Foundation provides funding for the Faculty and Staff Professional Development grants and a committee of faculty and staff distributes the funds.  Committee Chair Pam Hagan invites faculty and staff to submit applications for summer funds by April 30th. 


Cherokee County Campus (CCC) Open House - We have invited current and prospective students and their families to join us for the first annual CCC Open House on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  In addition to learning about SCC, financial aid and our many programs and services, visitors will enjoy popcorn, refreshments and tractor displays.  You are invited to drop in and join Executive Director Daryl Smith and his staff and me as we welcome visitors.


Annual Budget Planning Session - All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Annual Budget Planning Session on Thursday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Dining Room. The budget planning session gives all faculty and staff an opportunity to participate in the process, which begins at the departmental level and moves up to deans, vice presidents and ultimately to the Executive Council and Commission for approval.

Downtown Campus - Physical Plant Director Ray Switzer recently hosted a faculty/staff tour of the Evans Building, home of the new SCC Downtown Campus. Thank you, Ray!  Architectural review is underway and academic site planning is taking place.  We anticipate the new campus will open for classes in Fall 2013.

Java with Jones - Faculty, staff and students will notice groups of business and community leaders touring our campus with Sam Hook and me as part of our Java with Jones breakfast sessions to engage our community in the College's mission, vision and important role in college access. Our first official Java was held on February 24, 2011 and was a great success. Future Javas will be held:  

  • Central Campus: Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. in the Commissioners' Dining Room.  
  • Cherokee County Campus: Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. at the Business Training Center, Room 209.
  • Union County Campus: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. at the Union County Advanced Technology Center.


    Commissioners and Foundation Board members are invited to attend anytime they can.


    Governor's Technical College Presidents' Roundtable - I attended the Governor's roundtable with technical college presidents from around the state and heard the following:

    • Gov. Haley is very supportive of the mission and role of our technical colleges in educating and training citizens of all ages for careers.
    • The Governor asked the presidents to recommend measures to enable the state to assess our effectiveness in terms of enrollment, completion, partnerships and workforce and economic development. The presidents suggested and the Governor concurred that our state measures should align with the proposed national measures for community college effectiveness currently being developed as part of the Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA) by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and other national organizations.
    • Gov. Haley asked us to propose strategies to :
      • Streamline state regulations for cost savings
      • Possibly combine the Commission on Higher Education and the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education

    Southeastern Model Arab League - Several students and faculty participated in the Southeastern Model Arab League at Converse College, March 11-13. Students assumed the roles and interests of Arab nations at the academic debate forum and faculty judged the quality of their participation. Our local event was part of national college and university initiative. To learn more, please go to: ttp://

     SCC Students Particpating in the Southeastern Model Arab League

    College Goal SC - SCC was well-represented at College Goal SC on Saturday, March 5 at USC- Upstate.  Nancy Garmroth, Director of Financial Aid, wants to host this important event on our campus next year.

    SCC at Colllege Goal 2011 


    Cabeana Gardena. Have you noticed the ground-breaking of the Cabeana Gardena? Kudos to Kevin Parris, Jason Bagwell, Jay Moore, the entire horticulture department and participating students for the landscaping and outdoor seating areas that are under construction!  We look forward to using the beautiful green space you are creating in front of the library.


    Don't miss the annual horticulture spring plant sale at the greenhouses on Friday April 8th from 8:00-2:00.


    Grants, grants and more grants. Our strategic plan clearly calls for increasing revenue through grants and private fundraising, and we are working hard to be more successful in this area. Thanks to the leadership of Cheryl Cox, Sam Hook, Mike Forrester, Rita Melton, Jeff Hunt, Ty Wright, Cynthia Lister and many other faculty and staff, SCC plans to submit three proposals.  The federal grant programs provide potential grant awards of several million dollars to support new and expanded technology programs for adult students through two Department of Labor grant programs - the Community College Career and Training Partnership (CCCTP) and Career Pathways.  I appreciate everyone's efforts and hard work in these important grant efforts, particularly at such a busy time in the academic calendar. Grant funds enable the College to enhance the programs, resources and services we provide students and the community. 


    Thanks also to Erin Watkins, director of our Success Network and a TRiO grant expert, as she puts finishing touches on our College's proposal for an Educational Outreach Center (EOC) grant through the U.S. Department of Education. 

    AMTEC. Did you know that Spartanburg Community College is one of 30 community colleges and 34 auto-related plants in 12 states involved in the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC)? Funded by a $5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Center of Excellence grant, AMTEC's goal is to better prepare highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for work in automobile manufacturing. With our partner BMW, SCC is working with AMTEC to develop validated college curriculum aligned to industry-endorsed skills standards; industry-endorsed maintenance certification assessments and flexible pathways to fit the unique needs of students, employees and employers. We are also sharing best practices and educational models with our AMTEC partners. Thanks to Mike Forrester, Cynthia Lister, Jeff Hunt and many others for their participation in AMTEC.

    As Spring arrives and the semester winds down, I thank you for your dedicated service to our students and our community.  As always, you may call, email or drop by my office to share questions, suggestions or comments. Email: or telephone (864) 592-4655.


    Para M. Jones, Ph.D.

    Spartanburg Community College