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Spartanburg Community College has partnered with the local adult education program to help students learn new job skills while they finish their high school education.
Six students completed a forklift safety course March 17 at Spartanburg Community College (SCC). Instructor Curt Hawks gave students a working knowledge about the basic uses for a lift truck along with the ability to safely inspect and operate lift trucks.
The forklift safety course is one of several certification classes 14 adult education students will take this spring. Spartanburg Community College provided STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarships to cover the costs.
“We don’t want our students to leave here with just a GED or a high school diploma,” Cherokee County Adult Education teacher Lisa Hannon said. “Our goal is to help our students become self-sustaining citizens in Cherokee County. This is a great partnership with Spartanburg Community College. The college is offering scholarships so qualified students can complete certifications while finishing their high school education.”
The college is offering certificate programs for adult education students in areas such as certified nursing assistant, patient care technician, electrocardiogram and dialysis. Students take the certification courses while attending adult education classes to complete their high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.
The SCC STEM scholarships offered to adult education students this spring ranged from $139 for forklift safety certification to $3,600 for the 2-part Patient Care Technician certification. Eligibility for the college scholarships are based on student interest, test scores, and successful passage of a drug test.
Adult education teacher Stacie Sprouse said the scholarships make it possible for interested students to earn certifications in an area which could lead to a future career.
“It is changing the lives of our students,” Sprouse said. “These certification classes offered by SCC are opening up new doors for students to consider careers they might have never thought about. It is showing our students that if they are willing to work hard they can do anything they want.”