UNION COUNTY — The fall semester at the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College is going to be very busy this year, so busy that Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster is urging those interested in attending to register for classes now.
Earlier this year, it was announced that what was then known as the Union County Advanced Technology Center would now be the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College. When it began, the UCATC was a collaborative effort of SCC and USC Union, both of which made use of the facility to provide additional educational opportunities for the people of Union County. The name change, which was announced in May, symbolizes the end of that collaboration with USC Union no longer using the facility which is now fully part of the SCC system.
In discussing the change in May, Lancaster said that being part of the SCC system allows the campus, located at 1401 Furman Fendley Highway, Union, to provide more programs, services, and course offerings to the county’s residents and to its workforce partners. It also allows it to take advantage of the full resources of SCC and the full commitment of the South Carolina Technical College System to provide comprehensive workforce solutions to new and existing industries in the county.
Lancaster added that the 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.
Much of this will be occurring in the fall semester and Lancaster said it is imperative that persons wanting to attend classes at the campus then register to do so now.
“Our fall semester begins August 15 and runs through early December and now is the time to register and to apply for financial aid if it is needed,” Lancaster said Wednesday morning. “Registration is now open and regardless of which campus in the SCC system you are planning to attend we can assist you with the enrollment process here. We can also assist you with applying for financial aid, but if you need to apply for financial aid you need to register now as the process takes time to complete.”
Lancaster said that transition to being an SCC campus means there will be plenty of courses offered in the fall and plenty of slots in those courses, but cautioned that classes will fill up fast, especially when it comes to the most popular ones like Welding and Mechatronics.
“This particular fall semester will mark the first time Spartanburg Community College will have a true presence here,” Lancaster said. “Even though we have been working here under the Union County Advanced Technology Center we will now be in a better position to offer more resources, programs, and services to the Union community.
“We have a lot of industries here that need highly trained and highly skilled workers,” she said. “We will be able to provide that training and those skills here through Spartanburg Community College.”
To do that, Lancaster said the fall semester will include “full certificate” courses in Welding and Mechatronics; and General Education courses such as English, Math, Economics, and Speech. She said those General Education courses “are required for the degree programs for Mechatronics and Welding.”
Lancaster said that the campus will also offer “entry-level Health Science courses leading to acceptance into programs such as Nursing, Radiology, Medical Lab, and EMT.”
These courses, Lancaster said, reflect the needs of the local and regional economies which are growing by recruiting and retaining industries through the development of trained, skilled, and experienced workforces capable of meeting the needs of the Upstate’s growing manufacturing and health care sectors.
For more information about registration and financial assistance for the fall semester at the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College call 864-466-1060.
The Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.