Twelve adult education students are spending two weeks in class fiddling around with smart phones to figure out how the devices work.
There is no punishment or yelling by instructors for using a cell phone in this class. In fact, the students will graduate Friday from Spartanburg Community College (SCC) with a master’s technician certificate in cell phone repair.
The college contracted with executive instructor Nicole Russell from Cellbotics Performance Training Center in Greenville to teach the continuing education course. Russell is finishing her second week in the Gaffney adult education program teaching students about the common things that can go wrong with smart phones. She shows students how to find the parts and use different tools to repair the devices.
Adult education students received a $1,300 scholarship from SCC to take the cell phone repair class while finishing their GED or high school diploma.
“This class has been amazing since the first day I came here,” Cherokee County Adult Education teacher Chris Foster said. “I wouldn’t have ever thought it would be this easy to repair cell phones. I’m learning a lot about being an entrepreneur and a new skill I can use in a business.”
The cell phone repair class is one of several certification classes offered by SCC through adult education this year. The college is offering certificate programs in areas such as dialysis, phlebotomy technician, and certified nursing technician. Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood from patients and taking the blood specimens to the lab to prepare for testing.
Adult education teacher Stacie Sprouse said the colleges 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.”