Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates New Speckled Paw Coffee Location at SPCC

Anson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Speckled Paw Coffee on October 5, 2022 for the newest location on SPCC’s Polkton Campus.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at LLP Campus

Speckled Paw Coffee, a local favorite, has now added SPCC’s LL Polk Campus to its list of locations. On October 5th, 2022, the Anson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the company’s fourth location. 

Serving different coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, baked goods and more, Speckled Paw Coffee prides itself on providing locally roasted coffee to North Carolina communities and giving them a place to come together for conversation. Follow the campus location on their Facebook page and be sure to stop in for a coffee.

Staff, students, and the public can all visit Speckled Paw on the LLP campus every Monday through Friday in the Martin Student Center between 8 AM and 2 PM.


SPCC Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month with “Love Does Not Hurt” Presentation

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SPCC welcomed Turning Point to present “Love Does Not Hurt” on Tuesday, October 18th in the Student Center of the Main Building. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Approximately 86 students were in attendance and ate pizza while listening to Turning Point’s Jessie Lindberg present about the different forms of domestic violence, which are often not physical. Common forms of domestic abuse are emotional, mental and sexual abuse. She shared how abusers use technology to exert control over their partners by remotely locking doors or adjusting the house temperature and how these forms of abuse take a deep emotional toll.

Ms. Lindberg shared that it can take up to seven acts of abuse before a survivor leaves an abusive relationship; it is difficult for people to leave due to a lack of financial resources and a safe place to go. She discussed the need for survivors to have an exit strategy so that when they leave their abusers, they can access their important documents and other essentials. On average, Turning Point clients stay in the shelter for 90 days.

SPCC counselors Eric Skeen and Dr. Erica Andrews discussed that Counseling Services can assist students who have experienced domestic violence and provide connections with community resources.

About Turning Point

Turning Point is the only organization in Union County that provides resources for domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse survivors. Anyone who needs support from Turning Point can obtain resources or counseling for free.

The organization relies on volunteer support to maintain their stores and support their shelters. Anyone looking to volunteer can learn more about it by taking a mandatory one hour orientation class, available once a month, and volunteer opportunities exist for individuals and groups.

Shopping at Turning Point boutiques also helps to support survivors. Second Chance Boutiques are located in Waxhaw, Monroe and Indian Trail and there is a Home Décor Boutique in Monroe. To learn more about Turning Point services, volunteering, and shopping at the boutiques, visit www.turningpointnc.org.

South Piedmont Community College Looks to Support the Local Economy with Proposed Center for Entrepreneurship

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Like many during the shutdowns in 2020, South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) graduate Akilah Cash decided to take up a new hobby. This hobby, which began as a way to make ends meet, became more successful than Akilah had imagined with the help of the Small Business Center at SPCC.

After graduating from South Piedmont Community College in 2019 with a degree in Medical Assisting, Cash gained a rewarding career in the local healthcare system. During the pandemic shutdowns she started candlemaking as a hobby, which became a way for her to make ends meet between shifts in her healthcare job. When she decided she was ready to turn her candlemaking from a hobby into a business, she came back to SPCC and worked with the Small Business Center. There, she worked with SPCC staff to establish a viable business plan and grow her business to what it is today. The proud owner of Grey Candle Co., Akilah is still growing her business and has been able to sell her products in multiple shops regionally.

With more than 6,000 businesses in Anson County and Union County, most of which have fewer than 50 employees, entrepreneurs and business owners, like Akilah, are a critical part of the regional economy. In fact, startups and small businesses account for the most job creation in North Carolina as a whole, with businesses that are less than five years old being the main driver of job growth. Like Akilah, many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to start their own business and be their own boss, but so many lack the support and know-how to be successful.

At South Piedmont Community College, we think there’s an opportunity to change that. Our college is already a community partner to the regional business community with quality education that is both accessible and affordable. These resources, many of which are free or covered with financial assistance, provide skills and hands-on experience to local business owners and entrepreneurs so they can start and scale their businesses successfully. The College’s philosophy is this: when small businesses succeed, it means the entire community does better with higher paying jobs and a better quality of life.

This November, Union County voters are facing a choice to fund a Community College Bond, which would support the construction of a Center for Entrepreneurship. If it passes, the Center would serve as the next evolution of South Piedmont’s relationship with local businesses through an innovative, holistic resource center for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the region. The Center for Entrepreneurship is designed to provide advising and mentoring services, networking opportunities, in-demand classes that support entrepreneurs learn, connect, compete, launch and grow their businesses. 

To learn more about the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Community College Bond on the ballot for Union County voters on November 8th, visit our FAQ page at https://www.spcc.edu/UnionCountyBond22.

SPCC Celebrates the 2022 Summer Semester President’s List and Dean’s List

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.

President’s List

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.
Associate’s in Arts
Iris Y. Delgado
Rachel E. Hill
Andrew M. Kerner
Campbell P. Turner
College Transfer Pathway Leading to Associate in Arts
Aidan T. McKeown

Dean’s List

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.

Associate in Arts
Victoria A. Bernash
Maleah R. Funderburk
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