Interesting News Happening at Spartanburg Community College
SCC Mechatronics Program Provides Model for the Rest of the State
Major upgrades to college mechatronics programs across the state are on the way thanks to a major donation from the Heritage Classic Foundation and the RBC Foundation. The groups will commit $300,000 over the next three years to the South Carolina Technical College system.
Augmented Reality Represents the Next Frontier at Spartanburg Community College
New augmented reality tech tools could represent a big shift in the way Spartanburg Community College students learn new skills in the classroom. SCC President Henry Giles, Jr. calls the new tools a “game changer,” and says they bring new dimensions to the classroom and learning. Augmented reality applications and tools allow digital overlays and information on top of the physical world, according to Giles. “It’s one thing for students to read about a technique, but it’s a completely different learning opportunity for students to actually experience and complete a process in their own classroom/lab setting via AR,” Giles says.
SCC Facility Providing a Spark to Economic Development
The Spark Center SC, on the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College, was established in June 2006 to ignite economic growth and serve as a catalyst for business and entrepreneurial development not only countywide, but across South Carolina. Serve as a catalyst it has: an economic impact study in June 2018 revealed The Spark Center could be tied to 34,600 jobs and more than $2 billion in total earnings.
Spartanburg Community College Opens Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Located off Fairforest Road, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture features about a dozen gardening beds, a decorative silo, and a “barn” that has a large open area for events, indoor lectures, and project workshops, as well as a kitchen area for cleaning and sorting produce that’s delivered to community partners like Hub City Farmers’ Market. Students participating in the program are producing about 1.5 acres of organically raised, seasonally grown fruits and vegetables.