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SCC to Offer Small Labs

March 30, 2020 by Scott Powell | Gaffney Ledger | 2020news

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Small labs will be open for students nearing graduation

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SCC announced Friday it will hold labs for small groups of seniors to complete graduation requirements and postpone its graduation ceremony until later this summer.

All five SCC college locations in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties remain closed to students and nonessential employees through April 30 following an executive order from Gov. Henry McMaster due to the novel coronavirus. College faculty continue to teach classes via distance learning for the remainder of the spring semester.

Spartanburg Community College provides education and training for 6,000 students in the Upstate to support economic and workforce development.

Starting April 1, small groups of 10 or fewer “senior level” students will be allowed on campus to complete the required labs for technical courses needed to graduate in the spring of 2020. Community colleges have received a waiver from the governor to offer this option for students.

“In the midst of these difficult times, we continue to do everything to help all SCC students finish the semester successfully, especially students who are close to graduating this spring,” Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles said. “It is critical that graduating students are given needed resources to finish their program, giving them the opportunity to explore job opportunities that may be available in the coming months. Equally important is our responsibility to faculty and staff — providing the tools they need to continue their important work of teaching and conducting business for the college.”

Spartanburg Community College announced it has postponed the college’s traditional May graduation ceremony until Aug. 6.

“The new date will allow our college community to celebrate our graduates as we always do, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, hopefully once the threats of COVID-19 have passed,” Giles.