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Adult Literacy Program Moving to SPCC

Monroe, NC– Common Heart’s adult literacy program is on the move – to South Piedmont Community College! The college, which has supported the program since its launch in late 2019, will now house this free community service in the School of College & Career Readiness.

The move will give students more opportunities and a larger reach for the program to help more families in our community. The program’s current 19 students and 7 tutors will now have access to additional resources and can use the college’s campus as a meeting place if they’d like. RJ Lightsey, Common Heart’s literacy program manager, will oversee the program at SPCC.

As Common Heart focuses on its expanding food pantry network and economic
empowerment programs, adult literacy needed a new home and reaching out to SPCC was top of mind, Common Heart Executive Director Keith Adams said. SPCC has supported the program with free testing services since Common Heart took the lead in reviving adult literacy in Union County after the sudden closure of the Union County Literacy Council in the summer of 2019.

“I can’t imagine a better place for this program to land,” he said. “SPCC’s dedication and resources will allow the program not only to continue, but to grow and thrive. I’m really excited to see how many more lives will be changed by adding adult literacy services to their already robust offerings for adult learners.”

Kelly Stegall, dean of the School of College & Career Readiness, said SPCC is excited
about the potential for this program not only for new students but students currently enrolled in SPCC who could benefit from the supplemental support – at no charge. Stegall said it was important to keep this program as a free service for the community. Students do not have to live in Union County to receive help and the program will be offered at campuses in both Union & Anson counties.

“We see this as our charge,” she said. “We just want to give back and help people in our communities increase their English language skills or their literacy levels. We know that people with higher levels of literacy are able to secure the credentials necessary to move up as far as their economic mobility goes. Once we’re able to help support students in increasing that level of literacy or increasing that English language skill, the doors are wide open for them.”

Most of the students who come for help now have never been to college and it’s a chance to encourage that excitement and zest for learning, Lightsey said. At SPCC, tutors will be able to meet with students in the evenings on campus which is something Common Heart didn’t have available. Lightsey said he’s heard from a long-time tutor that several students are eager to continue lessons because evening tutoring sessions will be available.

“Just to be on the grounds and look around and see what’s there could be a different
experience for them, it could be more exciting,” he said.

If you’d like to volunteer as a tutor or enroll as a student for FREE help, email
rlightsey@spcc.edu or call 704-290-5261.

About Common Heart:
Founded in 2006, Common Heart works to create a “small revolution of kindness” in our community to eradicate food insecurity and eliminate generational poverty. Common Heart’s programs are designed to engage community volunteer action in 2 areas: food pantries & economic empowerment.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit with locations in Indian Trail & Marshville, serves under-resourced families and individuals who live in Union County and the surrounding area through 10 food pantry outreaches serving an average 3,000 individuals each month. Our Economic Empowerment programs provide focus groups and resource building programs to move under-resourced families into stability.

Donations and volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Find more information about Common Heart online at www.CommonHeart.org.

Fall 2020 President’s and Dean’s List

Congratulations to our students making the President’s and Dean’s list for Fall 2020. To honor our students for outstanding academic achievement the college publishes a President’s list at the end of each semester. Students enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours in a given term in an approved curriculum and earning a 4.0 GPA will be placed on the President’s list. Only courses at or above the 100 level are considered in calculating eligibility for academic honor. President’s List A.G.E. – Medical Sonography: Sheri L. Cullen, Anna M. Dragunov, Amanda S. Lewis, Melissa Ramirez, Anna E. Smit, Suzette Smit, Addison P. Smith, Alanna A. Vongdeuane, May L. Xiong Accounting and Finance Degree: Morgan D. Loyd Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology Degree: Conner E. Rollins Associate in Arts: Lynna Bui, Hanna Costello, Madeline G. Crotts, Gabrielle Desimone, Pricilla Esquivel, Itzayana Gutierrez, Nicole Iancu, Sylvia Jarvis, Casey D. Kelly, Rebecca Law, Andrew J. Lowder, Amelia M. Mead, Caleb D. Peters, Rosie Russo, Yamila Sami-Geng, Alexis Smith, Ruvim Styrku, Caylin B. Turner, Courtney L. Widener, Emily Zenoski Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts: Miranda Santana, Julianna F. Waltz Associate in General Education-Nursing: Carmen P. Bedrosian, Meghan Campbell, Aaleigha A. Gravlin, Tatiana V. Septimio Associate in Science: Emma K. Ahern, Hannah Dennehy, Jeydi Galiana-Ramirez, David A. Leonard, Michael S. Leonard, Peightyn S. Smith Automotive Systems Technology Degree: Bonny Hernandez Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate: James E. Alexson, Christopher Alston, Tiffany M. Deese, Cody T. Dupree, Matthew D. Faulkenberry, Philip C. Fincher, Keousha S. Griffin, Timothy R. Kane, Ryan E. Melton, Alexander S. Moore, Dylan Orlando, Olivia M. Roman, Courtney M. Stegall, Sloan Tracy, Carson R. West Business Administration Degree: Julie H. Baker, Christy M. McKinley, Kristen L. Mills Business Administration Entrepreneurship Degree: Shannon E. Hendel College Transfer Pathway: Elias J. Campbell, Madalyn I. Dean, Madison C. Dutton, Adil Hassan, Katie L. Horne, Rebecca D. Huntley, Erin N. Lookabill, Miranda R. Moorhouse, Mallory B. Sikes, Trinity C. Spencer, Gracie Stinson, Sydney K. Wright Culinary Arts Degree: Angela L. Banks Cyber Crime Technology Degree: Miranda L. Bolk Digital Media Degree: Daniel Megard, Gabriella R. Rivera, Olivia E. Tucker, Jonathan D. Watson Early Childhood Education – Transfer Degree: Carey C. Evon Human Services Technology Degree: Tania Garcia Industrial Systems Machining Certificate: Nicholas S. Echols Industrial Systems Technology – Machining Pathway Degree: Matthew O. Crump, Jackson Gurley, Andrew N. Seegers, Charles D. Wallace IT Business Support Degree: Eric D. Phillips, Kenny S. Vergara-Tapia IT Game and Simulation Programming Degree: Austin J. Parker IT Information Systems Degree: Cody D. Dermid, Jessica Paul, Denzel A. Redd, Sherita S. Thomas IT Systems Security Degree: Andrew H. Deocampo Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree: Kurt G. McCormick Medical Assisting Diploma: Cameron E. McManus, Elizabeth Velasco Medical Sonography Degree: Sarah K. Bennett, Rebecca E. Bowles, Jessica-Irene Gatica, Mallory L. Poindexter, Kimberly E. Ptak, Kristen Tesar Paralegal Technology Degree: Deanna N. Bonilla Refrigeration Certificate: Spiros D. Tsiamis The Dean’s list is also published at the end of each semester and honors the outstanding academic achievement of our students. Students enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours in a given term in an approved curriculum and earning a 3.5 GPA or higher (but less than a 4.0 GPA) will be placed on the Dean’s list. Only courses at or above the 100 level are considered in calculating eligibility for academic honor. Dean’s List A.G.E – Practical Nursing: Josh M. Telfer A.G.E. – Medical Sonography: Jessica Agostini, Faith E. Bezant, Alexa C. Langford, Courtney Miller, Hilary F. Mitchell, Leanna L. Pugh, Desirae J. Rosario, Caitlin A. Swinson Accounting and Finance Degree: Jessica L. Byrom, Marjorie C. Lee, Allysson J. Norris Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology Degree: Hunter B. Morris Associate in Arts: Savannah N. Baker, Joannie C. Barnhill, Daniela Cordova, Helen A. Crossman, Jacob L. Cummings, Lyzbeth Diaz-Garcia, Savannah Figueroa, Miranda Goodwin, Haleigh B. Griffin, Titus B. Hayes, Lauren Hultquist, Lily M. Jones, Samson J. Kaplin, Alyssa Locascio, Jada M. McClain, Lauren M. Pace, Mallory D. Ridgeway, Richard B. Saunders, Andrea M. Seegars, Harley Stegall, Michelle Venegas-Ayala, Daphne Watson, Brianna H. Williams Associate in Arts – Wingate: Abigayle D. Havard, Harrison S. Hinson, Anthony R. Marple Associate in Engineering: Yery J. Monrroy Rosa Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts: Hailie Davidson Associate in General Education-Nursing: Santiago Duarte, Stephanie Hernandez Associate in Science: Gabriel C. Azie, Chasity I. Chambers, Chloe E. Combs, Abigail L. Edeker, Logan H. Goodwin, Shelby S. Hammond-Helms, Kaylyn B. McClendon, Joanna L. McConnell, Kevese C. Michael, Tyler F. Moore, Elias N. Nixon, Rebecca C. Rains, Sahara L. Roberts Business Administration – CTE Certificate: Noah R. Carpenter Business Administration Degree: Elizabeth C. Clark, Owen R. Emerson, Richard A. Heins, Samuel A. Ingram, Savannah K. Kirton, Shaun A. Mize, Rachel Rape Business Administration Entrepreneurship Degree: Curtis Gordon, Isabella A. Uhl College Transfer Pathway: Malerie F. Austin, Jayden N. Baucom, MacKay E. Burr, Claudia F. Hill, John A. Kendall, Arsal Khalid, Trinity Legrand, Garon Lowke, Isabella C. McCray, Emma K. Steagall Criminal Justice Technology Degree: Matthew Gravely, Kenneth L. Nance Cyber Crime Technology Degree: Mario J. Flores, Sairy Nunez, John D. Piller Digital Media Degree: Hannah B. Emerson, Shaun J. Tremblay-Murphy Digital Print Production Degree: Allyson Glaze Early Childhood Education – Practitioner Degree: Jennah M. Lomax, Regine S. Reid General Medical Office Administration Degree: Tia Dispennette, Brandy A. Roberts IT Game and Simulation Programming Degree: Drake A. Hartzell, Daniel J. Michalak, Alex L. Wyatt IT Information Systems Degree: Jesse Gaddy, Justin Loftis, Michael D. Monro IT Web Administration and Design Degree: Damien Stout Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Pathway Degree: Dalton E. Nelson Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree: Daniel R. Huneycutt, Francis Giomaric O. Samson Medical Assisting-Medical Lab Assistant Certificate: Heather A. Iler Medical Sonography Degree: Casey M. Freeman, Michelle H. Gaston, Kristen N. Huntley, Hannah C. Richey, Brittany M. Jackson, Sulema Yepes-Garcia Refrigeration Certificate: Kristofer M. Pennigar Simulation and Game Development: Daniel L. Williams Welding Technology Diploma: Jair Gomez Academic Honors Students enrolled in a curriculum program leading to a degree, a diploma, or a certificate, are eligible for the Academic Honors lists. Special credit students are not eligible for academic honors. Students who earn grades of “D,” “F,” or “I” for the semester are also not eligible. Any repeated (coursework previously attempted), developmental education courses or earned grades of “W” or “WI” will be excluded from the minimum semester hours.

Community Resources

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CARES Act Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

  September 2021: CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports   June 30, 2021 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, 2020 provides $2 trillion in relief for multiple sectors of the economy coping with the Coronavirus pandemic. Funds from this Act are being provided to South Piedmont Community College to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” and costs associated with changes to modes of instruction. South Piedmont Community College has been awarded $977,809 of these funds and acknowledges, based on the Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement, to use at least 50% of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses based on section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. South Piedmont Community College identified 1,393 traditional adult students enrolled for the spring 2020 term. Approximately 687 of the 1,393 traditional adult student have a Free Application of Federal Student Aid on file. Criteria: South Piedmont will disburse a minimum of 50% ($488,905) of CARES Act Funds to students enrolled in the spring 2020 term based on the following criteria:
  • Student must have a 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and based on the information from the FAFSA:
  • Be a US Citizen, Eligible Non-Citizen, Permanent Resident
  • Be registered with Selective Service (male students only)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the spring, 2020 term
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants or loans
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or has completed one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives
  • Not have a federal or state drug conviction while receiving federal student aid
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
Disbursement: South Piedmont has created a formula for disbursement of funds.
Enrollment Status/LevelAward Amount
Full-Time enrollment (12 or more credits)$800
Part-Time enrollment (9-11 credits)$600
Half-Time enrollment (6-8 credits)$400
Less than Half-Time enrollment (1-5 credits)$200
Students are mailed a check to the mailing address South Piedmont has on file for the student. As of December 3, 2020, 664 students were disbursed CARES funding totaling $366,775.00
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) was created under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) on December 27, 2020 and provides $23 billion for higher education institutions. South Piedmont Community College has been awarded $977,809 of these funds. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA does not require that 50% of an institution’s funds be spent on student grants. It does, however, require that institutions spend at least the same dollar amount on student grants as they were required to spend under the CARES Act. Additionally, any unused CARES Act funds that an institution did not spend prior to December 27, 2020 may be spent in accordance with the allowable uses of the HEERF II Funds. South Piedmont Community College has set aside $488,905 in CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds for student grants. There is a remaining $122,129 in CARES Act funding as of December 27, 2020. South Piedmont Community College identified 1,349 traditional adult students enrolled for the spring 2021 term. According to the CRRSAA guidance leftover CARES funds or HEERF II funds can go toward a balance due on the student account as long as the student opts-in with an authorization to credit the grant funds to their student account. 238 students were identified to be on a NelNet payment plan with a total balance due of $161,043.23.  The SPCC Business Office sent an email notification to these 238 students offering to pay spring tuition and fee balances. Students were required to complete and submit a request and verification form before HEERF II funds could be applied to their 2021SP balance. Within the CRRSAA guidance schools must prioritize students with exceptional need. South Piedmont used the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated from the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to identify students with exceptional need. South Piedmont identified approximately 245 of the 1,349 traditional adult students having a Free Application of Federal Student Aid on file with an EFC between 0-5711 (cut off for Pell grant). South Piedmont granted $500 in HEERF I (CARES) funding to 245 students with an EFC between 0-2100 totaling $122,500. An additional $98,500 in HEERF II funds were disbursed to 197 students. 126 students with an EFC between 2101-5711 at South Piedmont were awarded $400 in HEERF II funding for a total of $50,400.
As of June 30, 2021 all HEERF I (CARES) funding has been spent. Out of the 238 students identified with NelNet payment plans there have been 110 students request spring, 2021 balances paid for a total of $32,709.32 using HEERF II funds. $12,062.23 in HEERF II funds were used to assist students with paying their 2021 summer tuition and fee balances. Additionally, one-time Emergency Financial Assistance grants were granted to 6 students, totaling $3,300. These students requested emergency assistance funds by completing the Emergency Assistance grant form available on the spcc.edu website. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports March 2021: CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports June 2021: CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports September 2021: CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports
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