Bank of America Grants $7,500 to SCC Foundation for Operation Workforce Training in Cherokee County.
Jay Moore, a horticulture instructor at Spartanburg Community College, works with everything from multi-generational farmers to backyard hobby growers dreaming of one day turning pro.
Congratulations to students who made Dean's List for summer 2018!
SCC recently received a $526,225 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) that will be used for curriculum expansion at the Cherokee County Campus.
The value of an income tax credit sharply increased July 1 from $350 to $1,500 for state residents taking classes at 2-year community colleges this month.
Income tax credits for South Carolina residents attending in-state colleges, universities and technical colleges sharply increased this month.
The new program that began in 2017, thanks to grants through Dominion Energy and the Mary Black Foundation, covers things like crop selection and production, water harvesting and management along with design principles.
SCC recently scored a three year National Science Foundation grant worth more than $200,000 to investigate and broaden the college’s cybersecurity curriculum. SCC and Computer Engineering Technologies Chair Marcia Schenck, who will lead that effort, has also been essential in helping organize CyberPatriot summer camps like those students will take part in this month.
AWL Automation is moving a portion of its operation to the Spark Center due to increased demand for its high tech robotic welding projects.
The Spartanburg Community College Foundation was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to help high school seniors (17-19 years old) and individuals pursuing a GED through Cherokee County Adult Education achieve training and gain employment.
The SCC Foundation is pleased to announce five new endowment agreements have been established at The Spartanburg County Foundation totaling $85,000.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the SCC Foundation a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy at the College's Union County Campus.
SCC recently recognized outstanding students during special ceremonies honoring excellence in academics, campus activities and community services.
SCC students enrolled in Computer Technology Networking Electives Associate of Applied Science degree program will soon learn more about the growing field of cybersecurity thanks to the award of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to the college.
Congratulations to all of our students who made Spring 2018 Dean's List!
New opportunities are available for SCC students considering careers in education, thanks to a grant from Dabo's All In Team Foundation.
Friends and family of the late Caroline Ragsdale Reutter have preserved the culinary legacy of the Caroline's Cakes founder indefinitely thanks to endowment of the SCC Caroline Ragsdale Reutter Culinary Arts Scholarship, endowment confirmed at event May 2.
The first graduating class of Spartanburg Community College’s Early College program were honored by Spartanburg County Council.
On May 3, SCC will award more than 600 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduating students who are poised to continue their education or begin work in high-growth, high-demand careers.
The Spark Center SC at SCC Tyger River Campus was an integral player in AWL-Techniek’s decision to invest $2.53 million in a 33,000-square-foot facility and create 71 high-tech jobs.
The investment announcement was made recently during an event that also featured Spartanburg Community College announcing it is renaming its Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development to the Spark Center SC. Global Transport Solutions is located in the Spark Center SC.
Participating SCICU colleges and universities include Allen University, Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, Coker College, Columbia College, Converse College, Erskine College, Limestone College, Newberry College, North Greenville University, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Methodist College and Voorhees College.
SCC's Spark Center SC in Spartanburg County is featured in UpstateAlliance's new campaign, TeamUpsate.
Four companies that have significantly contributed to transforming the Upstate business community were recognized Thursday night by SCC at 2018 Economic Visionaries.
2018 Economic Visionaries awards presented to AFL-Crow & Bulman Engineering- GSP Airport District-Johnson Development Assoc. & Welcomes Speaker, Lynn Good, Duke Energy President/CEO
SCC will host Discover SCC Open House event on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the SCC Central Campus in Spartanburg. The event is free and open to students, parents and career seekers interested in SCC's academic programs.
SCC students are one step closer to producing a new student-managed literary and arts magazine thanks to a grant from the Chapman Cultural Center, Ascend Magazine, which will be released in spring 2018.
Students at SCC can now apply to a scholarship program with Michelin that will pay for their tuition, fees and books.
SCC is accepting nominations of companies to be considered for economic visionary awards. The college will recognize the contributions of Upstate businesses at the 2018 Economic Visionaries Celebration on March 22 at the Spartanburg Marriott.
The SCC Michelin Manufacturing Scholars Program will offer “learn and earn” opportunities for Upstate residents interested in hands-on training, technical certification from SCC, and a potential career with Michelin.
The SCC Michelin Manufacturing Scholars Program offers “learn and earn” opportunities for those looking for training, certification and possible employment with Michelin. Applications for qualified candidates are being accepted, and classes in the program start May 14.
Manufacturer AFL has implemented a Spartanburg County-based program called Operation Workforce Training to encourage students to study manufacturing. The program is in partnership with Byrnes High School and Spartanburg Community College’s Corporate and Community Education division.
Natasha Inlow, student services counselor at SCC, said many small colleges have to rely on faculty to be the first line of defense for students’ mental health. Professors have to get to know students so if something is bothering them, they feel comfortable talking to someone and finding the appropriate help.
When McAbee thinks back to his parents and the way they ran their business, he said his mother knew everything about plants and growing, while his father knew marketing and selling. Their three children, McAbee and his sisters Vickie and Debbie have set up a scholarship in their mother’s name Jean Miller McAbee at Spartanburg Community College’s School of Horticulture.
SCC partnered with Magna to provide space at the college’s Spark Center SC. Magna is now open and hiring for its new facility.
Under the agreement Republic will give the county $20,000 a year for five years to support upgrades and programming at the Spartanburg Community College Union County campus.
Call for Nominations & Sponsorships: SCC will recognize the contributions of Upstate businesses at the second annual 2018 Economic Visionaries Celebration planned for March 22, 2018 at the Spartanburg Marriott.
SCC students who have earned dean's list honors for Fall 2017.
Through the natural disaster, the community came together. Spartanburg Community College gave ADO a space to work in their Tyger River Campus, so that business operations wouldn’t cease entirely.
“Pell Grants have been a lifeline for a lot of these students,” he said. “Without the Pell Grant or with significant changes to the Pell Grant, I would think we’d see a real decline in the number of students considering a higher education. That would hurt the community around us.”
Established by the three children of Mrs. McAbee - Ricky McAbee, Vicki Noe and Debbie Clark, - the scholarship honors their mother's memory and her love for plants while helping female students at SCC. This is the first SCC horticulture scholarship established specifically for female students.
In 2015, SCC, local businesses and community leaders began working together to revitalize the Business 85 corridor. Giles said. “We became involved in this collaboration with other local leaders after addressing our own signage needs and our presence on Business I-85, which is what visitors see first when entering our central campus,” Giles said.
Electric Art, an effort by Hub-Bub and the College Town consortium, features colorful vinyl coverings on nine utility boxes across the city. Each of the county’s seven colleges and College Town are featured on boxes, including SCC.
Colleges and technical schools including SCC have stepped up recruitment efforts and are getting out the word that learning a trade can provide just as lucrative and rewarding a career as a traditional four-year degree can bring — without as much debt.
SCC hopes one of its newest programs is the final step to prepare students interested in careers in farming, agriculture or food science.
A National Weather Service crew has confirmed that the damage left by a storm on Monday in the Upstate, including Spartanburg Community College, was the result of a tornado.
The College Town Spartanburg consortium includes Converse College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, University of South Carolina–Upstate, Wofford College, and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).
Andrew Arnold, SCC freshman, originally of Woodruff, and Jordan Cole, of Spartanburg have each received $500 from the nonprofit organization founded to support the Upstate Workforce Board.
SCC Fall Plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the horticultural gardens and greenhouses on campus. The plants offered have been grown by the horticulture students and staff instructors.
BMW and the Technical Scholars program at SCC are a great fit for Spartanburg for growth and sustainability.
Spartanburg Community College announces the 2017-2018 Lyceum Lecture Series featuring SCC professors presenting an array of topics.
Education is just a ride away. Mission of Grace has worked to eliminate transportation obstacles for local residents to move on to higher education. For the past five years, the church has operated a transportation ministry to help students attend adult education classes and classes at Spartanburg Community College (SCC).
Thanks to a generous donation from Milliken & Company, Spartanburg Community College is one step closer to starting a new truck driver training program offering competitive wages and job security in a profession that is desperate for drivers.
Local and state officials are now finding ways to promote the emergency medical profession to fill in the gaps. A shortage has placed a strain on call response times and workloads for those still in the industry.
The Gaffney Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate its 90th anniversary Monday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvey S. Peeler Jr Academic Building on the Gaffney Campus of Spartanburg Community College.
A group of business, government, education and nonprofit leaders is in the Research Triangle through Friday as part of the 2017 Intercommunity Leadership Visit organized by the Spartanburg and Greenville chambers of commerce. A primary goal of the trip is to bring back ideas to Spartanburg and Greenville that might help strengthen this area’s own growth and development.
SCC celebrated the relocation of the College's School of Business to the SCC Downtown Campus, welcoming community leaders, elected officials, students and business graduates, to the new location to discuss the value of this strategic move to Spartanburg's thriving downtown.
In addition to the Spartanburg Community College Arboretum that Kevin Parris oversees on SCC’s campus, he can also take students to the Milliken Arboretum at the Roger Milliken Center, the Roger Milliken Arboretum at Wofford College, the Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve and the Susan Jacobs Arboretum on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Destreza said the ASPCA partnered with SCC through a state emergency program to open the shelter early so animal shelters in Jasper and Beaufort counties could evacuate their animals before Irma arrived.
“Bringing students from all seven colleges into the downtown area together creates a unique and diverse atmosphere. Having this mixture of students together in the center of the city makes for an energizing night,” says Naomi Sargant, director of the College Town consortium.
Union County Adult Education is now at SCC Union Campus, ready to assist residents of the area.
SCC Tyger River Campus in Duncan is now offering a six-week program for tractor-trailer drivers and a two-week program for drivers looking for experience with box trucks or other delivery vehicles.
Efforts to help Texas recover from the destructive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey are ramping up across South Carolina, including Blood Connection setting up at SCC.
“We used to have people looking for jobs,” Governor McMaster added. “Now we’ve got jobs looking for people, and they’re good jobs.”
Caroline Ragsdale Reutter loved cakes, her community and her creative career, and her passion will inspire students with a love of the culinary arts, even after her passing.
German reports regarding BMW's success and its relationship with South Carolina
An agreement between Union County and the company that owns and operates the regional landfill in the Cross Keys community continues to benefit SCC Union County Campus.
“We needed a platform that would unify the posting and promotion of public events, student life activities and career services calendars for easy viewing,” said Jane Bird, creative manager and webmaster at SCC.
A new scholarship honoring the legacy and spirit of the late Caroline Ragsdale Reutter, founder of Caroline's Cakes, has been established with the SCC Foundation to assist deserving SCC culinary arts students pursuing their academic and career goals: The Caroline Ragsdale Reutter Memorial Scholarship for Culinary Arts
Capitalizing on the growth of the city’s downtown, Spartanburg Community College has moved its School of Business to its SCC Downtown Campus.
Bertelsen visited on March 23 and spoke to a sellout crowd at SCC. His cookbook is now available for purchase.
SCC announces Dean's List for Summer 2017 semester.
Spartanburg Community College is one step closer to finalizing materials and equipment needed for a new Sustainable Agriculture certificate program thanks to a grant from Dominion Energy.
An agreement between the S.C. Technical College System (including SCC) and the state’s Fire Academy could help firefighters earn advanced degrees more quickly.
JIT Manufacturing is working with Spartanburg Community College in Cherokee County to develop a curriculum designed to offer skills companies need.
SCC Horticulture Program graduate Jovan Vasquez has started his new job as assistant expert grower for Haining Oregon Nurseries Technologies (HONT) in Shanghai, China.
Netherlands-based manufacturer currently located at SCC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development is bringing 71 jobs to Spartanburg County.
In June, the Union County School District launched a summer pilot program focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) criteria. The program ran for four weeks. The program served 15 rising seventh and eighth grade students at Sims Middle School.
Spartanburg Water’s Drinking Water Treatment Maintenance group recently used a $12,630 grant for scholarships to train its employees through Spartanburg Community College.
The SCC Foundation recently elected new members and executive committee officers to the board of directors.
SCC Police Officer André Kerr is featured in exhibit at SCC Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney for his 50 years in rock and roll.
The purpose of the endowment is to work toward investing funds in perpetuity, unlike expendable funds typically used for immediate needs, so that the SCC Foundation has a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding.
Students participating in the program went to the SCC Union County Campus where teacher Rich Washburn showed them a video and talked to them about robots being used at BMW and in other industries.
Maria Puckett of Spartanburg started out as a production temp at the plant. Two years ago, she was working on the shop floor 40 hours a week while also carrying a full course load in electronics engineering technology at SCC.
Chef Amy Byers enjoys helping students realize their culinary potential at SCC as much as she enjoys baking away in the kitchen.
Spartanburg County council members also announced this week the creation of 420 new jobs from 4 companies looking to locate here, and one more looking to expand, with some help from SCC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development.
SCC is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2017 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program this summer.
BMW’s success in South Carolina wouldn’t have happened were it not for the dedication and talent from the men and women working in the plant, company leaders said.
SCC and Clemson have partnered to offer Upstate men an opportunity to become teachers through an initiative aimed at increasing diversity in South Carolina schools.
SCC welcomes Rebecca Parrish as new director of grants.
SCC recently recognized outstanding students during a special ceremony honoring excellence in academics, campus activities and community services.
The new school will be called the “Institute of Innovation Cherokee County” when it opens on Spartanburg Community College’s Cherokee County branch campus in August of 2018.
SCC's horticulture program prepares students for a career in garden cultivation and management, and one of those students is Josh Guerrero, a 22-year-old Greenville native.
Welding students from technical/community colleges competed in the South Carolina Technical College 35th Annual Welding Skills Competition held at Spartanburg Community College on April 20-21.
The SCC 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.
It’s been nearly a year since Kobelco moved from its landing pad in SCC's CBED and opened its Moore plant, and business has met or exceeded all expectations.
Students were guided through engineering exercises by guest speakers and met with representatives from Clemson, SCC and Michelin to learn more about STEM careers and the education needed to qualify for them.
Isaac McKissick, new director of the SCC Union County Campus, interviewed by Anna Brown at Union County News.
SCC recently welcomed Bea Walters Smith as the Executive Director of Advancement and the Foundation.
The Spartanburg Community College Foundation has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create a new front-end web developer program through its continuing education division.
The artlets project has helped four Northside residents gain valuable job training. The residents served as apprentices under artist Eli Blasko through a partnership with Spartanburg Community College.
Timken and Broad River Electric Cooperative were among four companies honored by Spartanburg Community College as “Economic Visionaries” for their contributions to economic growth in the Upstate.
South Carolina technical colleges, including Spartanburg Community College, have worked to improve marketing job skills like mechatronics to high school students, educating parents on the benefits of manufacturing and more collaboration between schools on programs.
Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, which begins in August, SCC will offer new logistics, process control technology, natural gas technician, sustainable agriculture and certified nursing assistant certificate programs.
Letter written to The State newspaper touts Cherokee County's KNOW(2) and SCC partnership.
Maria Puckett, a BMW Technical Scholar at SCC, was interviewed and selected for the chance to meet President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about apprenticeship programs and international trade between the U.S. and Germany..
Broad River Electric Cooperative (BREC) was awarded an Economic Visionary award Thursday night by SCC. BREC was one of four companies honored at the college’s first Economic Visionary event held in the Spartanburg Marriott.
Economic Visionary awards were presented to Atchison Transportation Services, Broad River Electric Cooperative Inc., the Timken Co.-Tyger River plant and BMW Manufacturing Co.
Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the S.C. Ports Authority, gave the keynote address at SCC's inaugural Economic Visionaries awards event. The rising flow of goods and materials through the Port of Charleston could lift the Upstate’s fortunes in the coming years, South Carolina’s top ports official told a group of Spartanburg business leaders Thursday night.
Spartanburg Community College recognized four outstanding companies who have made significant contributions in transforming the Upstate business community at its inaugural Economic Visionaries event.
Accredited Schools Online has announced the best online colleges for 2017, and SCC leads the pack of two-year colleges in South Carolina.
Four companies who have significantly contributed to transforming the Upstate business community were recognized Thursday night by SCC.
American Sign Language students spent a day immersed in deaf culture and communication during an all-day workshop Saturday at Spartanburg Community College.
SCC and CMT welcomed about 250 high school students Friday for a concert and college-encouragement event. Country Music Television presented Courtney Cole as the performing artist at the event.
Farm to Table cookbook author Aaron Bertelsen from Great Dixter in England speaking at SCC Downtown Campus March 23, 2017.
Spartanburg Sheriff's Office has a lieutenant on staff who knows ASL, but want to expand this communication. SCC offers programs in American Sign Language and hopes to contribute to more officers' knowledge of this communication language with hearing impaired.
SCC student and BMW Technical Scholar, Maria Puckett, attended meeting about workforce development and apprenticeship programs with President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and BMW executives at the White House on Friday, March 17.
SCC joins a team of other community leaders in a beautification project along Business I-85. A stretch of chain link fence along Business 85 from the Interstate 85 interchange to the Highway 9 exit is being torn down as part of this ongoing project. The fence will be replaced with a new black vinyl fence this fall.
314 students and volunteers from three Spartanburg County schools took part in a Pi-K day event at SCC on 3/14.
Linda Cobb and SCC's event, Farm-to-Table will present Aaron Bertelsen, the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex, England. A portion of the funds raised will go to SCC's horticulture department.
SCC announced as one of the colleges who are Top Producing Institutions of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for 2016-2017 academic year.
An agreement between SCC and ECPI University in Greenville will earn SCC students automatic entry into the school.
SCC features a new Asian Garden beside the school's library, a beautiful addition to a recognized arboretum in Spartanburg.
South Carolina Commerce Department this month released the new South Carolina Innovation Plan, which is intended to guide the growth of innovation and tech-related entrepreneurial activity in the state. SCC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED) has risen to the occasion.
The KOBELCO production facility in Spartanburg, SC made several new hires in all operational areas including fabrication, paint, assembly and warehouse.
Union County Adult Education will offer a six-week course on basic computer skills beginning Jan. 30 at the SCC Union County Campus.
This year, the Centers For Disease Control says it’s seeing a spike especially in the last month with almost 1,400 new cases, mostly on college campuses. SCC faculty and student interviewed by Diane Lee at WSPA.
Congratulations to SCC students on the Dean's List for Fall 2016!
Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is expected to create almost 500 jobs over the next five years in the Upstate of South Carolina.
SCC's new Asian garden is anchored on the left side by a weeping black gum tree. Near it is a red large metal Japanese bell hung in a lumber frame. In the middle of this peaceful garden, is a waterfall that adds more beauty to the space.
More than $100,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to current SCC students from local individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses at the SCC Foundation's annual donor scholar brunch.
Dräger donated 11 Savina 300 and eight Evita Infinity V500 ventilators to respiratory therapy schools, including SCC's Respiratory Care Program. Dräger is helping to foster a greater learning experience for RT students — professionals critical to the future of healthcare.
Two vigils at SCC Thursday helped remember the victims of domestic violence.
In SAT scores, Advanced Placement Testing for students in Union County.
The event, which started Wednesday and concludes today, aims to teach students about opportunities that are available to them after graduating high school.
More than 700 Cherokee County students will spend Wednesday exploring different opportunities for their futures at the second annual Upstate College & Career Showcase held at SCC Tyger River Campus.
Manufacturing company with SCC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development investing $85 million to create 150 new jobs in Spartanburg County
SCC announces the 2016-2017 Lyceum Lecture Series featuring SCC professors presenting an array of topics. These events are free and open to the public.
SCC contracted with executive instructor Nicole Russell from Cellbotics Performance Training Center in Greenville to teach the continuing education course.
Arboretum Adventures, SCC's annual horiticulture fundraiser, will be held on October 13, 2016 at the central campus. The annual Fall Plant Sale will take place October 14 and 15.
The leaders of Spartanburg County's five colleges, including SCC President Henry Giles, came together Tuesday night to discuss the financial concerns about paying for college and managing student debt.
In order to train tree wranglers to help with new building initiatives, SCC is offering a 3 week course for $2,999 and allowing anyone struggling to cover the cost to apply for scholarships through the school and SC Works.
BMW Scholars Program is planning to expand from 60 students to 100 students. SCC is among three Upstate technical colleges that have partnered with BMW to offer the two-year program.
SCC, elected officials, SCC students and community residents came together Thursday, August 25 to celebrate the opening of the College's fifth campus - the SCC Union County Campus.
When a big company like Rite Aid brings a $90 million distribution center with 600 jobs to Spartanburg County, it’s big news. Many are not aware of the role played by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED) at SCC Tyger River Campus in Duncan.
A ceremony was held to formally open the Union Campus of SCC. Hosts and guests included Union County Supervisor Frank Hart, Timken manager Bob Hart, SCC President Henry Giles, City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson, Union Campus Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster, Rev. Joshua S. Freeman, SC House District 42 Rep. Mike Anthony, and SCC student Earl Petty.
The upgraded Spartanburg Community College Union County Campus will help students prepare for advanced jobs while staying close to home.
SCC ranks highest in South Carolina. The study looked at costs, education outcomes, and career outcomes. For example on costs, it looked at the cost of tuition, how much schools are spending per student, and financial aid available.
SCC earns top spot in South Carolina, 300th in national rankings.
SCC Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for recent renovations, and announced Brose's opening of a new facility.
SCC's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development received another major vote of confidence.
A business incubator at SCC Tyger River Campus that opened nearly 10 years ago and helped dozens of Upstate companies get off the ground yielded its latest graduate on Tuesday.
During the ribbon-cutting of the renovated SCC Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED), Brose North America Inc. said it plans to open a production facility in Duncan. The automotive supplier is investing $6 million and provide about 60 jobs.
Brose North America, Inc. is currently housed at SCC Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED), and will soon open a plant in Spartanburg County on Howell Rd. in Duncan.
SCC earns top spot in South Carolina, 300th in national rankings. Each school was examined across 12 key metrics, ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.
SCC Dean's List for Summer 2016 includes 15 students from Union County.
Land near SCC Tyger River Campus is ready for development with entrepreneurial companies in mind.
The South Carolina plant launched the BMW Scholars Program in August 2011 in partnership with three local technical colleges, including SCC.
Local officials believe the CBED at SCC is one of the most important tools in the county’s repertoire of economic development assets that has continued to attract new investment and, perhaps most importantly, jobs.
SCC celebrated the renovation and expansion of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED) this week with a ribbon cutting and business announcement.
When the fall semester begins in August, SCC Union will offer classes in Welding as it has for the past seven years and, for the first time in its history, Mechatronics classes.
SCC recently welcomed guidance counselors from local high schools in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties to an inaugural event designed to educate them and their students on the benefits of attending college after graduating from high school.
SCC Tyger River Campus CBED renovations unveiled.
SCC received official notification of reaffirmation of accreditation for a full 10 years, through 2026 with a five-year review in 2021.
SCC Union County Campus' recent name change enables the campus to undertake a series of new educational initiatives including the Union County Adult Education Program, dual credit courses with the Union County School District’s Union County Career and Technology Center, and more apprenticeship programs and other programs involving local industry.
Republic Services LLC will give the county $20,000 a year for the next five years to support upgrades and programming at the SCC Union County Campus.
The 30 graduates, including those from SCC, were officially hired as full-time BMW production, automotive, logistics, and equipment service associates.
New facility will produce SK210LC-10 excavators and create 130 jobs. Kobelco presented a donation to SCC as gratitude for their hospitality during construction.
Free workshop to Upstate residents and local companies interested in apprenticeship opportunities thanks to funding from Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System, and the US Department of Labor.
SCC recently inducted two individuals to the SCC Wall of Fame for their distinguished service and contributions to the College. Former SCC faculty member and administrator, Robert W. Isenhower, Jr. was honored as the SCC 2016 faculty inductee and Mrs. Lona Faye Perry was honored as the SCC 2016 staff inductee.
Union County announces it has received "Work Ready Community" status.
The partnership between the Union County School District and SCC continues to deepen and expand with the district offering new dual credit courses through SCC Union County Campus.
What’s in a name? A lot, especially when it involves changing the name of the Union County Advanced Technology Center to the SCC Union County Campus.
Industrial development is occurring in many places across the Upstate but nowhere more intensely than along the State 290 corridor in western Spartanburg County.
More than 100 Spartanburg Community College students recently were recognized during a special ceremony honoring excellence in academics, campus activities and community services.
A demonstration by SCC's Computer Technologies Director Marcia Schenck taught a group of eighth-grade students how their classwork could make robots come to life.
Classes at SCC's Corporate and Community Education division allow students to take classes for fun without college credit. Restoring furniture is one of many classes offered through CCE.
Spartanburg Community College recently honored employees and retirees for years of service to South Carolina and the College, as well as individuals who have been selected for special honors by their peers and students.
The Union County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously Monday to authorize the school district to enter into a partnership with SCC to move the Adult Education program from its current location on Main Street to the SCC campus on US 176.
With a shifting focus from access to success, these institutions are reinventing themselves
Spartanburg Community College Cherokee County Campus allows students to purchase tickets to ride the Mission of Grace church van to the local campus.
Retired Navy machinist gets his college degree at same time as his two children.
Carlisle Finishing, Michelin and BMW are among the companies that have joined forces with SCC to try and prevent the “Grey Tsunami” from swamping the economies of the tri-county area of Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal features commencement ceremony photos from 2016 graduation.
Frank Hart, Union County Supervisor, leads efforts for improving workforce needs in the area by teaming up with several agencies including Spartanburg Community College.
Job fair to recruit qualified part-time faculty members and provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet with SCC's hiring managers.
Discover SCC is Tuesday, April 19 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Dan Lee Terhune Student Services Building at the SCC central campus in Spartanburg. The event is free and open to students, parents and career seekers interested in SCC's academic programs.
April 14, 15 and 16 SCC theatre students will perform the play, Blue Stockings, an emotional story of the struggles women faced to achieve equality in higher education in the Victorian era of British history.
Cherokee County Adult Education students completed a forklift safety class March 17 at Spartanburg Community College.
The SCC summer camps will feature instruction from First Lego league robotics trainer Rick Vollick of Chicago’s 21st Century Kids, an education company which offers after-school programs for students to learn new technology skills.
To encourage accessibility of jobs to local residents and to cultivate a highly-skilled workforce, OTO Development will establish an apprenticeship program with Apprenticeship Carolina and Spartanburg Community College.
President Henry C. Giles Jr. of Spartanburg Community College delivers for Mobile Meals Week of Champions.
A robot and a working model of a community electrical system helped give some Sims Middle School student a look at the job market they will one day graduate into at the Union County Advanced Technology Center.
SCC can better serve veterans today thanks to a grant from America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) to the College’s Foundation.
A high school student’s decision to continue their education after graduation could be worth as much as $3 million over the course of that student’s lifetime and Union County is offering a scholarship to help Union County High School seniors make that choice.
Former President Bill Clinton toured Spartanburg Community College's Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies (CAMIT).
SCC Cherokee County Campus will host a 2016 College Goal event Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Room 301 at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology on the Cherokee County campus in Gaffney.
SCC has chosen exemplary faculty and staff members to receive South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) awards.
County Supervisor Frank Hart said the change this month involves adding a full-time “point person” as a center manager to help link job seekers to employer training opportunities.
Children are transformed by learning. They learn from parents, teachers, neighbors, and mainstream and social media. They can be transformed by gangs or FLL coaches. We're all responsible for transforming children.
Union County will continue to work with SCC to expand program offerings for residents.
CAMIT, the 27,500-square-foot facility allows students to complete their first year in mechatronics without traveling to Spartanburg. This is the training workforce needs to meet rising standards.
For a group of SCC healthcare students, the end of the fall 2015 semester was a special time of celebration not only because classes and exams were completed, but also because these students completed their health program of study and participated in the College's much-anticipated fall pinning ceremony.
Massage studio owner Lael Dann attended SCC where she was at the top of her class in the Therapeutic Massage program. “I realized I wanted to have my own business and not just work at a spa."
The ability to repair sewing machines has become something of a lost art that people are looking to rediscover.
Congratulations to the SCC students who have earned dean's list honors for fall term 2015.
Academic scholarships were awarded to 85 SCC students, all made possible thanks to generous donors.
A creative calling inspires former SCC welding student to pursue a change in career to metalworking.
Students learn how to use science and engineering principles to solve problems creatively by designing robots for the annual competition, said Daryl Smith, executive director of SCC Cherokee County Campus. All three Cherokee County teams advance to the Western SC State FLL competition at Easley High School.
SCC welcomes new associate vice president of instruction, Dr. Patricia Jones.
SCC Corporate and Community Education (CCE) division was recently named the 2015 South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE) professional award recipient in the category of Outstanding Continuing Education Cooperative Program for the College's Operation Educate initiative.
The graduates ranked higher in test scores than the state and national averages within the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.
SCC Downtown Campus is home to Upstate Warrior Solution, who connects warriors and families to community solutions; leads warriors to empower themselves; and inspires community to embrace the warrior and family.
Even in the high-tech world of 21st century industries such as manufacturing and distribution the forklift remains an indispensable tool and learning how to operate one could help a person get a job.
SCC Culinary Arts student Eddie Zuniga on the CW62 “The Daily Dish” show with Jamarcus Gaston.
Students in advanced manufacturing and industrial technologies (CAMIT) programs at SCC can’t finish fast enough for employee recruiters waiting with job offers.
Chair of Culinary Arts program at Spartanburg Community College, Amy Byers, shares recipes.
SCC students now have the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from Columbia College in Spartanburg, thanks to an agreement signed by SCC President Henry C. Giles, and Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf.
Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognizes SCC Foundation as one of the top 25 colleges in the US for the most funds raised.
SC Accelerate, a consortium of S.C. technical colleges, to bring its predictive career tool, CareerChoiceGPS, to a new generation of adult learners, awards Greenville company contract for data analytics.
Union students in eighth grade learn about careers in manufacturing
Patience, passion and perseverance are traits that make Rusty Sellars, former SCC student, a successful hunter.
CMT Empowering Education is a comprehensive educational campaign that provides both an online resource, www.CMTEmpoweringEducation.com, and on the ground support to aid prospective students in overcoming the most commonly perceived obstacles to furthering education.
SCC will use a $642,496 automotive workforce grant to pay for training equipment and computers at its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies in Cherokee County.
Welding remains SCC's most popular course at Union County Advanced Technology Center.
SCC Cherokee County Campus Receives $642,496 Grant
SCC Cherokee Campus receives grant from Appalachian Regional Commission supporting Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT).
SCC's annual Arboretum Adventures fundraiser to be held October 1.
SCC faculty Jay Moore and Kevin Parris discuss SCC's horticulture program and the upcoming October 1 fundraiser, Arboretum Adventures on Your Carolina.
Changes in FAFSA process eases burden for students and schools, making application for financial aid more efficient and streamline.
Spartanburg Community College is part of the SC Technical College System and could receive at least $60,000-70,000 through the grant. Some of those funds could be spent on apprenticeships at industries in Union County through the SCC apprentice program offered at the Union County Advanced Technology Center.
All Things Considered on NPR interviews three college students with various backgrounds about their choices to attend community college, and how this affects them financially.
Jay Coffer, Department Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Department at SCC says, “Manufacturing today wants individuals that are more than button pushers. They want people who can solve problems, who can be that lead individual,” Coffer explained. Here, they have the highest student enrollment he’s seen in his 27 years and companies are eager to hire them.
Upstate Warrior Solution, a nonprofit organization serving area veterans and active duty military personnel, works with veterans in Spartanburg, Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.
Gaffney resident, Mr. Gregory M. Tate, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical & Community Education, the governing body of Spartanburg Community College.
The district is about four square blocks from Barnet Park to Spartanburg Community College's downtown campus on Kennedy Street and west on Kennedy to the Grain District, and is bordered on its northern edge by the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
The district plans to build a $20 million high school career center next to the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) building, located on the SCC Cherokee County Campus.
The Aligning for Success initiative, a result of a public-private partnership spearheaded by SCC, is designed to make students in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties think about their desired careers and set their educational paths toward those jobs. Other school districts across the state also will be able to use the program.
Congratulations to the SCC students who made Summer 2015 Dean's List!
The UCATC job fair was different from other job fairs in that it provided on-site interview opportunities between job-seekers and the participating companies.
“The Heritage Classic Foundation thinks it is a worthy cause and will help the state have a more educated and trained workforce in the future.”
The Aligning for Success educational initiative is designed to prompt students to think about their future careers and to align their educational paths with those goals.
SCC's new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) at SCC Cherokee County Campus plays an important role in economic development and supporting new business in the area.
Completion date set for September 15. CAMIT programs will include welding, automated manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics labs as well as industrial electronics.
Spartanburg Entrepreneur Resource Network (SERN), Hub City Farmer’s Market, and the South Carolina Community Loan Fund have partnered to sponsor an eight-session workshop for entrepreneurs.
SCC and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have partnered to offer human resource (HR) professionals competency-based certification courses.
The 27,000-square-foot center will be the third on the SCC Cherokee County Campus and is set to open in fall 2015, serving 200 students.
“Spartanburg Community College has been our ace in the hole,” David Britt said about the five-location college, which he said would be a key in filling the project’s 400 jobs. “It helped us all the way back to BMW … The citizens, we all have put our money in the community college because we know the payback has been more than good. It’s been fantastic.”
The Spartanburg Community College Foundation recently welcomed two seasoned professionals to its board of directors.
SCC Downtown Campus Evans Academic Center is awarded 2015 Adaptive Reuse Citation Award from American Institute of Architect's South Carolina Chapter.
Congratulations to SCC students who have earned dean's list honors for spring term 2015!
The CAMIT training facility is expected to create 84 jobs and generate about $20 million in private investment when it is completed this summer.
SCC students, along with Wofford students and Northside residents, will have a hand in designing and building the spaces alongside artist Tom Shields of North Carolina.
Spartanburg Community College logo to be featured, along with other Spartanburg colleges, at the new miniature golf course downtown.
The new Cherokee Technology Center is approved to be built on leased property on the Spartanburg Community College Cherokee County campus.
The Spartanburg County Detention Center held its Operation Educate Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday. Operation Education provides educational resources of Spartanburg Community College to those incarcerated in the county jail. The program is intended to provide inmates with job and work skills.
The program gives inmates access to educational materials and resources from Spartanburg Community College to help give inmates “the job skills and workplace habits necessary to gain employment and keep a job,” according to a news release.
Avoiding the projected shortfall will require 2,600 additional students yearly graduating with associate degrees and 4,150 additional students graduating with bachelors' and higher degrees, according to the study.
Training by the state’s readySC program — what Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt calls the state’s “special sauce” when it comes to industrial recruiting — sealed the deal. This program is a division of the SC State Technical College System.
SCC President Henry Giles said the average age of students attending the college is “26, not 18. And they are individuals who have left high school and worked a while in their jobs. A number of them ... are coming back on their own because they realize they need to have additional credentials to be able to have a true living wage.”
SCC and USC Upstate leaders speak out in support of upcoming higher education bond bill for legislative passing.
New partnership will allow SCC staff to spend more quality, one-on-one time with students as they address admissions, financial aid, billing and other important enrollment-related topics pertaining to their college and career goals.
SCC Chief of Police Andre Kerr, a musician, shares his story of when he worked with legendary Percy Sledge.
SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr. to be honored at Wofford College Graduation with Honorary Degree
SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr. receives honorary degree of Doctor of Education from USC Upstate.
Clemson partners with SCC, other tech colleges to promote advanced manufacturing careers in South Carolina.
Operation Education will bring the educational resources of SCC to the county jail to give those incarcerated the job skills and workplace habits necessary to gain employment and keep a job.
Operation Education is about to commence at Spartanburg County Jail, thanks to a partnership with Spartanburg Community College.
The new CAMIT Building at SCC Cherokee County Campus will be a state-of-the-art facility for students studying advanced manufacturing, engineering technology, mechatronics and more.
Jason Pace and Kathy Jo Lancaster announced this week that four students in UCATC’s Welding Program for SCC have been selected to compete for the chance to represent the SCC system in the spring State Welding Competition.
SCC Computer Technology Program students collaborate with Spartanburg Partners for Active Living to write a program to help track bicycles rented in the city.
SC Technical College System, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University came together to sign letters of intent to offer coordinated admission—streamlining the transfer process for students graduating from in-state technical colleges like SCC to both universities.
March is Open House Month at SCC! Visit an event at a campus near you.
SCC is home to one of the top-rated associate degrees in the field of horticulture. The students who attend the program already have some idea what to do with their life even as they enter the first year of the program.
Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce prepares as about 23 percent of workers over the next 10 years at businesses SCC surveyed in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.
This formal partnership agreement is the culmination of discussions that was spearheaded by the State Workforce Investment Board.
SCC students earning dean's list honors for fall term 2014 are announced.
Need help filling out that confusing FASFA form? Visit College Goal at SCC Cherokee County Campus February 21.
SCC instructors Jason Bagwell, Jay Moore and Kevin Parris featured in this edition of The South Carolina Nurseryman
SCC Downtown Campus is home of the Evans Academic Center, which has been recognized with LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is putting on more workshops intended to help South Carolina veterans get prepared for jobs in the civilian working world. SCC Tyger River Campus hosted the workshop in Duncan.
LEED Silver certification has been awarded for the SCC Downtown Campus Evans Academic Center through the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating program.
US Senator Tim Scott partners with SCC to host Veterans' Educational and Entrepreneurial Resources Fair at Tyger River Campus in Duncan on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
SCC Corporate and Community Education provides funding for veterans to receive job training through its new Veteran Scholarships Forever endowment.
Dr. Cheryl Cox, SCC vice president of academic affairs, speaks about President Obama's proposal to provide two years of community college free for students who are eligible.
President Obama announces a plan to provide two free years of community college to students. See SCC President Giles and student, Violet Floyd interviewed about this on WYFF.
You're invited to enjoy this free lecture series from SCC on diverse topics exploring historical, religious, cultural and economic themes.
SCC aided in making this possible with continued support of economic development efforts in Spartanburg County.
A new program at SCC will allow students to obtain an associate degree by attending class on weekends.
Spartanburg Community College President Henry C. Giles Jr. announced the implementation of the SCC Action Plan to educate and train the personnel needed by business and industry in the Upstate both now and in the future.
SCC Cherokee County Campus breaks ground for new CAMIT facility in Gaffney.
SCC student John Harris featured in this NPR article as he shares his experience with the apprenticeship program working at Cooper Standard.
Congratulations to SCC students who made Summer 2014 Dean's List!
Spartanburg Community College is proud to be a part of Spartanburg's downtown revitalization by opening its Evans Academic Center in 2013.
SCC Arboretum Director Kevin Parris and SCC student Tanner Howell share their experiences with the public Thursday during “Arboretum Adventures,” a yearly fundraiser for the college's arboretum and horticulture department.
"There's a lot of jobs being created in manufacturing and the different suppliers -- and that creates a mecca for startup businesses," SCC's economic development director, Mike Forrester said.
SCC announced its most recent grant awards Thursday that will be applied toward a $7.7 million education and training facility to help meet the future employment needs of industries in Cherokee County.
The Timken Foundation donated $150,000 to the Spartanburg Community College Foundation for the new educational and training facility at the college’s Cherokee County campus.
SCC will hold its fall Arboretum Adventures fundraiser. This year features Tanner Howell, one of SCC's horticultural students, and SCC Arboretum Director Kevin Parris and their visit to Great Dixter in England. The event is a great way to keep up with what is happening each year at the school.
On Sept. 8, the results of research funded by a Duke Energy Foundation grant were released. Under the direction of SCC, the study explored how well-equipped educational institutions are to supply Upstate employers with a skilled workforce in the face of this large group of highly skilled workers that will retire in the coming years. The findings were staggering.
Union County Advanced Technology Center will host a college “Boot Camp” sponsored by the Urban League of the Upstate to help high school students and their parents prepare for college.
The Union County Advanced Technology Center is working on expanding its welding program and establishing a mechatronics program as part of a series of workforce initiatives announced by Spartanburg Community College.
The EDA investment announced this will help create a facility to develop a robust pipeline of skilled manufacturing technicians to meet the needs of industry the Spartanburg region.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that its Economic Development Administration is awarding $1.1 million to Spartanburg Community College to help build the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies in Cherokee County, which will offer workforce training in several areas of manufacturing.
The investment will help build the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) training facility. The project is expected to create 84 jobs and generate about $20 million in private investment, according to the grant from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA.)
To help the Upstate successfully cope with the challenge of the loss of skilled workers due to the retirement of the Baby Boomers Spartanburg Community College will undertake a series of initiatives to train and educate the workers that will be needed to replace the retirees.
Based on this study, 1,500 people will be needed to fill the jobs of retirees, and that’s without factoring in expansion by existing companies, Giles said. This year, 725 people graduated from SCC, which means the college will have to double its enrollment to ensure a skilled workforce for the Upstate.
SCC, in partnership with The Duke Energy Foundation, released critical data from a market research study analyzing the manufacturing job scene in Upstate, SC.
“I have no immediate plans to retire,” Giles said this week. “My thought is that I'm going to be here for a while.”
Faced with a rising tide of retiring baby boomers, manufacturers in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties are in need of certain skills that aren't necessarily in sync with those the workforce here thinks are important, according to research that will be released today by Spartanburg Community College and the Duke Energy Foundation.
SCC President Henry Giles discusses new market research findings the College commissioned, in partnership with Duke Energy, that focuses on the job scene in the Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties in relation to the manufacturing industry.
"Spartanburg is a vital part of the Upstate, and we believe it is important for us to have a large presence in these ongoing conversations about how we can continue building our capacity to succeed in the global economy while also addressing important issues on building community vibrancy and enhancing the quality of life across our entire region."
Spartanburg Community College inducted five individuals to the SCC Wall of Fame for their distinguished service and contributions to the College.
The award-winning renovation project of SCC's Evans Academic Center rebuilt most of the interior and modernized the building to provide state-of-the-art classrooms and labs better suited to the larger scale, maximum flexibility and technologies sought for today’s more open, group interactive learning environments.
BMW Scholars exemplifies the growth of apprenticeships in South Carolina as the S.C. Technical College System’s Apprenticeship Carolina has become a model of helping businesses develop employee-recruiting programs.
Spartanburg Community College provides integral role in workforce development at BMW.
Core Care Medical LLC, who go their start at SCC's Center for Business & Entrepreneurial Development, is proof positive that Spartanburg's entrepreneurial soil is fertile.
Students at SCC Corporate and Community Education class learn to create the comics they love.
Fifteen rising 8th and 9th graders are spending part of their summer break learning about engineering, manufacturing and computer technology with fun, hands-on activities at SCC.
Wallace Thomson Hospital, Haemonetics, and Dollar General represent their industrial sectors at SCC Open House in Union.
SCC Downtown Campus' Evans Academic Center recognized at the 2014 S.C. Historic Preservation Awards.
Oscar Fuller was inducted May 30 into the SCC Wall of Fame for his leadership role in expanding education opportunities for Cherokee County residents.
S.C. State lawmakers provided $500,000 in this year’s state budget for Spartanburg Community College (SCC) to use in a planned multimillion dollar training facility.
SCC's new Star program, similar to the "Green Zone" program, will provide military and veteran students safe zones around campus to receive special assistance.
SCC graduate Dustin Reid is a 29-year-old former Marine who worked in a scrapyard for two years, and then a poultry plant. Now at BMW, he’s been part of the Scholars Program, an apprenticeship program that was the subject of a Making Sense segment on PBS. SCC student Amanda Echols is also interviewed.
A group of prospective global business leaders toured Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (The Center) in Duncan.
Spring has sprung, and everyone is looking for an excuse to get outside. Jason Bagwell, SCC's Horticulture Program Director offers great gardening tips.
The first day of summer semester starts on Monday, but there's still time to register for flex term that begins June 2!
Union County High School students will have the opportunity to receive dual credit in welding from SCC while still in high school.
Union County Advanced Technology Center is holding information sessions for free manufacturing training.
Free manufacturing training for qualified individuals seeking employment in advanced manufacturing.
Brandon Shreve surprised his mother at her GED graduation ceremony. He is a specialist in the Army, serving in Afghanistan and now stationed in Germany. His mother, Dona Shreve was the unsuspecting graduate at the ceremony held at SCC Downtown Campus in Spartanburg, S.C.
George Sims, 69, is graduating from Spartanburg Community College so he can help those less fortunate in his community.
SCC Downtown Campus officially unveiled their new Balmer Fountain, a water feature in memory of Hans Balmer donated by Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerli.
Events for community, students and college employees on slate, including a community wide event "SCC 50th Birthday Celebration" May 20. Find out more at www.sccsc.edu/birthday
Early College Program Receives Grant from AT&T
Special funding offers local veterans another avenue to further their training and careers. VSF helps veterans and their spouses take vocational and skilled trades training programs that can lead to employment
Renovations to the downtown Evans building, shown in December, are drawing to a close. The building will be part of Spartanburg Community College's new downtown campus.
UCATC site coordinator, Kathy Jo Lancaster, reports growth in welding, health and human services and dual credit programs during the 2012-2013 school year.
The college and car maker are teaming for an effort to draw more women into manufacturing through the BMW Technical Scholars Program.
Transportation is an obstacle Mission of Grace has worked to eliminate for local high school graduates. For the past three years, the church has operated a transportation ministry in the community so students can attend adult education and Spartanburg Community College classes.
The $9 million state-of-the-art educational facility is the college's third building on the Gaffney campus and will provide students with hands-on training for highly technical careers in advanced manufacturing.
InSpec hopes the Spartanburg office, located in a 400-square-foot space in Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED), will position the company to capitalize on growth in Spartanburg, the Upstate and the Southeast.