Foundation Six Pick News Brief

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After 12 years in the making, SPCC’s new 3-story, 75,000 sq ft. educational center opened this year with a community celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony acknowledging the collaborative efforts that made this building possible. This building is focused on putting the student experience front and center and includes classrooms, science labs, student activity and gathering areas, administrative offices, learning support and advising spaces, a contemporary library, and an expansive campus store. Previously, student services were scattered across multiple areas, and gathering places for students were limited. The new space promotes student life, collaborative learning, and gives students easy access to the services they need to succeed.

New Technology Advances Learning

Technology innovation is an integral part of the new building. From online learning, in person classes or a mix of both through our HyFlex studies, technology makes a difference in education now more than ever. Our new SPCC app puts students’ schedules, assignments, emails, scheduling of appointments, payment options, and other critical information in the palm of their hands. In addition, the implementation of virtual reality instruction, mobile laptop vending areas, keyless access, and much more keep SPCC at the leading edge of technology use to better educate and serve our students.

Fall Enrollment Up More Than 4%

More than 3,500 students enrolled in fall classes with enrollment numbers continuing to climb as the semester progresses. This increase was spurred by the additional local, state and federal funds SPCC received that enabled the college to cover student tuition and fees not supported through existing financial assistance programs. That helped eliminate even more financial barriers for our students, and that’s a win for everyone!

31 Days Campaign Launched

From navigating Covid-19’s challenges, providing education and training for better jobs and wages, and preparing students for a degree at a cost within reach, South Piedmont listens to the needs of its students and community and takes action to meet those needs as quickly as possible.

This responsiveness requires resources too often beyond the operating budget of the college. The college relies on the SPCC Foundation and its generous donors to help bring these new programs, support services and resources to the students of our community. It is why the Foundation sponsors its Annual Campaign each year.

This year, the SPCC Foundation’s Annual Campaign is kicking off October 1st with a goal of raising $100,000 by October 31st.    

SPCC employees have already committed over $32,000 toward this campaign demonstrating their commitment to the mission of the college beyond the amazing work they do every day. Please be on the lookout for your 31 Days appeal coming to your mailbox soon, or click here to get a head start on the Campaign and pledge your support now!

"53 Ideas Pitch" Competition Awards $17,500 to Budding Entrepreneurs

South Piedmont’s Small Business Center, supported by Fifth Third Bank, led the 2021 “53 Ideas Pitch Competition” — a spirited, juried event — focused on overcoming income inequality and promoting equity through entrepreneurship by providing access to capital, training resources, and social connections to anyone seeking help in turning an idea into a viable business. The competition attracted more than 125 entries from across the 10-counties. Some 64% of entries were from women and 74% were from minority groups. Amid spirited presentations and friendly competition, judges selected the top 3 winners who earned cash prizes totaling $17,500 to support their winning business venture.

Celebration of Leaders

SPCC leaders

South Piedmont Community College Foundation Board members – past and present – gathered for a two-day retreat to Celebrate a history of leadership in supporting the college and its vision to build a community that is the best educated, finest trained, and most prosperous in the state.

Foundation funding has assisted the college for decades by raising donations from businesses, individuals, and foundations for projects and programs, filling funding gaps, and directly supporting student needs. This year’s Foundation Board Retreat charts a new course that raises the bar in generating support for the college that will ensure its flexibility and nimbleness to respond to evolving educational and workforce trends and the needs of students and businesses in our community.

Community Member Leaving a Legacy at SPCC

On a recent visit to our Monroe campus, Beverley Getzen, resident of Anson County, and a long-time supporter of the SPCC Foundation, toured the newly constructed 75,000 square foot Main Building. She was so inspired that SPCC students in Anson and Union Counties now have the opportunity to learn in such a state-of-the-art facility within our community that she is leaving a legacy for the future by naming the SPCC Foundation as a beneficiary in her will. You too can make a difference through a planned gift. For more information on opportunities to give, visit our website at https://spcc.edu/support-spcc/planned-giving/ or contact the Foundation Staff at foundation@spcc.edu or by calling (704) 993-2450.

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