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The Spartanburg Community College Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for the creation and implementation of a new Front End Web Developer program designed to address regional workforce skill-set gaps and provide local residents an opportunity to begin a career in the high demand web profession.
"We are so appreciative to the Duke Energy Foundation for their generosity and commitment to higher education and helping SCC educate and train local residents for this high demand career," explains Nannette Bongiovi, SCC's director of Corporate Training and Career Development. "This grant will allow us to create a curriculum that provides hands-on web development training to individuals seeking the knowledge and skills needed to seamlessly transfer into the workplace and quickly find employment after completing the program."
Because the state of SC has experienced a shortfall of skilled and trained workers in the web development profession, Bongiovi says this new program will provide regional economic development benefits by creating a pool of skilled web development professionals available for hire by regional employers and small businesses. According to the Conference Board's Help Wanted Online® data series (2010-2014), the web developer occupation is listed as a high demand occupation in SC's upstate region, and is expected to have a 20 percent growth rate over the next several years.
Bongiovi says that ideal candidates for the program include veterans, incumbent workers in the information technology industry as well as graduates of SCC's Computer Technology Associate Degree Program. However, anyone with a technical aptitude who enjoys working on the technical aspects of a website, enjoys multiple coding languages, researching and learning new information as the profession grows and changes, may be an ideal candidate for the web development profession.
"Many veterans and incumbent workers have multiple priorities vying for their time, which makes attending college very difficult," explains Bongiovi. "Our new web development program will allow participants to add high-demand skills and specializations to their resume within a much shorter time frame than typical semester-based credit courses or degree programs. U.S. News and World Report recently emphasized that 'fields such as information technology are increasingly certificate-driven' and 'there's a premium on certificates ... because employers tend to first look for work experience in job seekers.' " (Sheehy, 3/18/2015)
While SCC's tuition is very affordable and significantly less than four-year schools, cost is still an issue for many students since typical state and federal financial aid programs do not cover the cost of short-term certificate courses. To ease the financial burden on students interested in SCC's web development program, grant funds may be available for tuition scholarships to veterans, low-income unemployed, underemployed students and those ineligible for other forms of tuition assistance.
For more information on SCC's web development program through the Corporate & Community Education Division, contact Nannette Bongiovi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 592-4279. Program information may be found at the following website: www.sccsc.edu/cce-webdevelopment