School of Business

 Discover Your Career Path in the School of Business at SCC

Students have a variety of programs from which to choose within the SCC School of Business - from accounting to culinary arts - and programs designed for transfer to another college or university for a bachelor's degree! Hear from students, alumni and employers about their experiences with SCC School of Business.

SCC School of Business is headquartered at the SCC Downtown Campus in the Evans Academic Center, with the majority of classes available at this location.

Focused on management of warehousing and transportation, the Logistics program is housed at the SCC Tyger River Campus. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, Culinary programs are taught at the  at the central campus.


  •  Programs & Opportunities

    Accounting, Administrative & Management

    Culinary Arts

    University Transfer

    SCC's University Transfer Program is designed to provide students with their freshman and sophomore years of a typical bachelor's degree through an Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences degree earned at SCC. Upon completion, students can seamlessly transfer to any public four-year college in South Carolina (if student is accepted by that institution). Many credits also transfer to other in-state and out-of-state institutions. Several specialized transfer tracks are available.


    Events - Downtown Campus


  • First Citizens Professional Speaker Series

    In efforts to engage our students and community in local and thriving businesses, SCC School of Business at SCC Downtown Campus, along with First Citizens Bank and SCC Foundation, brings First Citizens Professional Speakers Series back! Enjoy a boxed lunch and speaking engagement with colleagues for only $10. We hosted the First Citizens Professional Speaker Series last academic year, and below you will see who is coming up and who was already featured.

    First Citizens Speaker Harris October 2019

    October 23, 2019: Ricaye Harris

    Ricaye Harris joined Milliken & Company in 2005 and is currently the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. She began her career as a Process Improvement Specialist at Milliken’s Gayley Manufacturing Plant. Following that role, she held various roles within Milliken’s Manufacturing and Corporate HR team, ranging from HR Employment Manager, Change Management Coordinator, HR Generalist, Corporate Recruiter to her current role today.

    While recruiting, Ricaye had a Performance Momentum goal to research and benchmark other diversity programs across the Upstate, as she’s always had a passion for people and ensuring they feel valued and included. It quickly grew from there and she has been leading the efforts to create the strategy and implement the program company-wide, in addition to creating and leading the 16-membered Diversity & Inclusion Council who champion the program. The key initiatives for the program will focus on Recruiting & Internships, Onboarding & Mentoring, Education & Awareness, and Data Driven Processes.

    Ricaye graduated from Wofford College with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2005. While at Wofford, she was on the Women’s Basketball team and continues to enjoy playing basketball, tennis, and running in her spare time. She has completed two half-marathons and will not do anymore. LOL!


    First Citizens Speaker Strickland September 2019September 25, 2019: Erin Strickland

    Erin Strickland, Quality Control Director at SwaimBrown
    Education: B.A., Accounting and Art History, Converse College, 1998 
    Practice Areas: Financial Audits (non-profit and for profit); Employee Benefit Plan Audits; Business Consulting; Accounting Services; Manufacturing; Distribution; Foreign Subsidiaries; Closely-held Businesses; SwaimBrown’s Quality Control Director.
    Experience: SwaimBrown
    Professional & Civic: AICPA; SCACPA; West Main Artist Co-Op – Board of Governors; Episcopal Church of the Advent – former Vestry Member, Episcopal Church Woman, Outreach Commission, Sunday School Teacher; Jesse Boyd Elementary School PTSO Board Member; Spartanburg Science Center – Past President and Treasurer of Board of Directors; Past Treasurer for Junior League of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Artist Guild and Converse Heights Neighborhood; prior member of the Converse College Alumnae Board; Mobile Meals volunteer.
    Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, volunteering, cooking, reading

    McBride PhotoMarch 6, 2019:
    Jack McBride

    Jack McBride is owner and CEO of Contec, a manufacturer of wipes, presaturated wipes, disinfectants, and mopping systems used in cleanroom environments and in healthcare. Starting from zero, the company has seen sales growth in 29 of the 30 years it has been in business and has become the global leader in critical cleaning products for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. The company is also a leader in supplying critical cleaning products to the compounding pharmacy, the microelectronics industry and the US OEM automotive paint industry.

    Jack is active in the community in many ways and served for eight years as a trustee for the Mary Black Foundation, the last year as Chairman of the Board. He is also on the board of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation and is a member of the taskforce for Economic Mobility in the south. In addition, Contec has received numerous awards for community service in Spartanburg community.

    Jack is married (Stacy) and they have four children; John (24), Harry (22), Sally (20), and Kate (18).


    First Citizens Speaker Series speaker Kim NelsonJanuary 30, 2019: Kim Nelson

    Kim Nelson, owner of Daisy Cakes spoke in our series January 30, 2019. Kim learned to bake at the apron strings of her grandmothers and great aunt Daisy. She figured out early on that her superpowers were unleashed in the kitchen and that her greatest happiness came from sharing her dessert creations with family and friends.

    After more than 30 years in the food business, Kim, along with her Southern accent, has become a nationally recognized baker and speaker. Her first big television appearance came when she walked into ABC’s Shark Tank and shared her Daisy Cakes with the sharks. Getting a deal with Barbara Corcoran has allowed her Daisy Cakes business to skyrocket. Kim continues to bake and ship her hand-sifted, made-from-scratch cakes to all 50 states.

    Kim loves to meet fans and share a little cake love. She has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, The Chew, QVC, Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family, CNBC, and the Today Show. Her newest cookbook, Daisy Cakes Bakes is available everywhere.

    Blue Moon SpeakerNovember 7, 2018: Molly Cashman

     Our second speaker in this series was Molly Cashman, who shared a session focused on marketing. Cashman is a Spartanburg native and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College with a degree in Public Relations. She spent 10 years in corporate marketing working for big national companies like and Pure Barre. In mid-2016, Molly decided to try her hand at a more entrepreneurial gig and helped her Dad open the first retail location for his company, Blue Moon Specialty Foods. The concept was a hit and they have since moved into a much larger building and have expanded their offerings. Molly is now a full-time partner with Blue Moon Specialty Foods and adores having her three young kids join her for “shifts” at the family business.  


    Bauknight photoOctober 24, 2018: John Bauknight

    Our inaugural speaker was John Bauknight who kicked-off our series with a session focused on entrepreneurship. Bauknight is president and co-founder of Longleaf Holdings USA, a Spartanburg-based investment firm that oversees several business ventures. Amongst recent high-profile acquisitions, Longleaf Holdings USA acquired RJ Rockers Brewing Co. of Spartanburg and Bauknight, along with founder and Brewmaster Mark Johnsen, relocated the brewery to downtown Spartanburg in 2009. RJ Rockers continues to thrive and serve as a lively spot in the downtown social scene.

    Bauknight also serves as an active and contributing member throughout the Spartanburg community, acting as a trustee to the Spartanburg County Foundation and as a founding member of the Spartanburg Angel Network (SAN), among other things.