Academics

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Academic Affairs


Welcome students!

South Piedmont Community College provides quality and affordable education and training programs to over 10,000 students annually. Whether your goal is to complete a short-term training program to enhance or change your career, or to earn a degree aimed at transfer or a career, South Piedmont offers an array of options to meet your needs.

Our goal in the Division of Academic Affairs is to provide the best opportunities for our students. To that end, South Piedmont’s education and training programs offer small class sizes with individual attention for students, faculty members who are experienced and qualified, flexible schedule options, and robust student support.

The Division of Academic Affairs supports South Piedmont Community College’s mission and our Learning College philosophy by providing stewardship for quality educational services that meet area needs. The Division provides advocacy and accountability for all academic and training efforts and develops students to thrive in the workforce or for successful transfer.


Agribusiness Technology


Program description:

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The Agribusiness Technology program provides the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound small farm or agricultural business. The objective is the development of a workforce knowledgeable in sustainable agriculture practices.

Students will learn the fundamentals of agriculture, focusing on farm production and business. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial training and project-based learning. Students will also learn the principles of our legal system and animal, plant, and soil sciences relating to agriculture.

The Agribusiness Technology program prepares individuals to manage agricultural businesses and agriculturally related operations. Potential coursework includes instruction in accounting, agricultural specialization, business management, finance, human resource management, and marketing.

Technical Standards – These technical standards have been established to inform students of the skills and standards necessary for completion of the Agribusiness Technology program.

Employment opportunities:
Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in agricultural businesses such as equipment, feed, and agricultural supply sales; store management; farm operations; wholesale and retail produce management; nursery operations; and environmental and agricultural education.

Educational opportunities:
Transfer agreements allow our graduates to pursue the following bachelor’s degree programs:

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates:

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in agribusiness technology, contact:
Mallen Marlowe
Faculty, Agribusiness Technology

Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Professional Occupations and Public Services

NOTE: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.


Arts and Digital Media


Good things come to
those who create.


Automotive and Transportation


Driven to succeed.
(No matter how many wheels.)


Business


Education for business
is our business.


Career Readiness and Adult Basic Skills


Anyone.
Ready for anything.


College Transfer


Helping students succeed here.
And there.
(With one of the highest transfer success rates in North Carolina.)


Construction


Get wired. Get hired.


Continuing Education


About

Career Development

Industrial & Professional Certifications

Personal Interest

Public Safety – EMS/Fire/Law Enforcement

Workforce Readiness

Admissions
Admission to courses/programs offered by Career Development and Continuing Education are specific and varied depending on the program. Generally admission requirements are:
• Adults 18 years of age or older
• Individuals 16 to 17 years of age may enroll in certain courses upon approval of appropriate public school personnel

Fees
• Fees vary with the type of course offered
• Fees must be paid before the first class session
• Books and supplies are generally not included in the registration fee unless specifically noted by program

Refund Policy
• If you officially withdraw from a course prior to the first scheduled class meeting, you will receive a 100% refund
• If you officially withdraw from a course on the first scheduled class meeting, you will receive a 75% refund
• Official forms to withdraw and request a refund are available at offices in Monroe or Wadesboro
• If class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment you will receive a 100% refund

Grades
Generally, grades for Career Development and Continuing Education courses are provided either “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” based on attendance (70%) and participation. Some courses require minimum performance level as required for State agencies. See Program Directors for specific requirements.


Culinary


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This degree program prepares individuals to assume positions in a variety of food service settings including full service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract food service and health care facilities.

Students will be offered theoretical knowledge/practical applications that provide critical competencies to meet industry demands, including environmental stewardship, operational efficiencies and professionalism. Courses include sanitation/safety, baking, garde manger, culinary fundamentals/production skills, nutrition, customer service, purchasing/cost control, and human resource management.

Courses are offered on evenings and weekends at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail.

Technical Standards – These technical standards have been established to inform students of the skills and standards necessary for completion of the Culinary Arts program.

Employment opportunities:
Graduates should qualify for entry-level opportunities including prep cook, line cook, and station chef. With experience, graduates may advance to positions including sous chef, pastry chef, executive chef, or food service manager.

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates:

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in digital media, contact:
Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Professional Occupations and Public Services

Note: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.


Education


Program description:

With a degree, diploma or certificate in early childhood education, you will be ready to teach and care for children from birth to age eight. Job responsibilities can include planning and teaching.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum combines instruction with practicums under the supervision of qualified teachers. Students will learn theories that foster cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children.

Employment opportunities:

Graduating as early childhood education practitioners, students will be equipped to seek employment at:

  • Child development and child care programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Preschools
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • School-age programs

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates:

  • ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (TRANSFER PATHWAY)   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (A55220B)
  • ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (PRACTITIONER PATHWAY)   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (A55220A)
  • DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (D55220)   |   Print Gainful Employment Disclosure
  • CERTIFICATE IN PRESCHOOL   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220C)
  • CERTIFICATE IN ADMINISTRATION   |   1.5 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220D)
  • CERTIFICATE IN PRE-K SPECIAL EDUCATION   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220F)
  • CERTIFICATE IN INFANT/TODDLER CARE   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55290)   |   Print Gainful Employment Disclosure
  • EDUCATION STARS   |   1-2 Years to Complete

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in early childhood education, contact:
Sharon Little
Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Tonya Silas
Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Lauren Meseroll
Education Stars Director

Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Professional Occupations and Public Services

Note: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.

Accreditation

South Piedmont Community College’s AAS Degree Program in Early Childhood Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system sets a national standard of excellence for early childhood programs in teacher preparation at the associate degree level.


Experiential Learning


Live your learning.


High School Programs


Free college. Enough said.


Human Services


Program description:

With human services credentials, you will be ready for entry-level positions providing social, community, and educational services. Jobs responsibilities can include meeting with clients to assess needs, matching clients with services such for their well-being and mental health, and attending to logistical arrangements.

A human services technician, also referred to as a social services technician or aide, is a professional who helps individuals and families improve their quality of life by accessing community services.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines and do fieldwork. Study, and eventual jobs, can involve giving care to diverse populations including older adults, at-risk adolescents, and people with developmental disabilities, victims of domestic violence, homeless individuals or families, substance abusers, people with chronic illness or people needing vocational rehabilitation.

Technical Standards – These technical standards have been established to inform students of the skills and standards necessary for completion of the Human Services Technology program.

Employment opportunities:
Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Education can be continued at a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates:

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in human services, contact:
Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Professional Occupations and Public Services

Note: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.


Information Technology


Boot up your future with one of these programs
Information Technology | Hardware | Applications
Hardware. Software. Everywhere.


Manufacturing


Manufacture your career with one of these programs
Welding | Industrial Systems | Advanced Manufacturing
Hands-on.


Nursing and Health Sciences


A Healthy Career Move.


Personal Interest


   You do you.


Public Safety


Serve and Protect.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Full STEM Ahead.


Close

Federal regulations published in October 2010 required institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized field. While all of our programs at SPCC are designed to lead to either employment or college transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide disclosure information on the specific programs listed below: