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2022-2023 Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Student Handbook Archived

About the College


Spartanburg Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Questions about the accreditation of Spartanburg Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The College offers programs accredited by the following:

  • Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation
  • Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd,Telford,TN 37690, www.coarc.com
  • The Surgical Technology Program at Spartanburg Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355 113th St. N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, phone: (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCST/SA) www.arcstsa.org
  • The Medical Assistant Program at Spartanburg Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. (www.maerb.com). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, phone: (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org
  • Programmatic accreditation: The Spartanburg Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www. caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, phone: 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org
    • To contact CoAEMSP: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions, 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, phone: (214) 703-8445, FAX (214) 703-8992, www.coaemsp.org
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association (CODA)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3812, (312) 704-5300, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, (773) 714-8880, www.naacls.org
  • National Association for the Education ofYoung Children (NAEYC), 1313 L Street NW,Washington, D.C., 20005, www.naeyc.org
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), 10565 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22030, (703) 352-4971
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, Fax (404) 975-5020, www.acenursing.org Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 North Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 347-7700

College Vision

Spartanburg Community College is a catalyst in changing lives, building the future of our students and citizens, and developing the economy of the Upstate.

College Mission

Spartanburg Community College provides exceptional, accessible, learning centered education and workforce development programs and services.

College Role and Scope

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) is a public, two-year, multi-site, suburban college serving the citizens and communities of Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties of South Carolina. SCC implements its mission through programs, services and partnerships that include:

College Credit Programs

SCC serves 7,000 to 10,000 credit students annually through classroom, hybrid and e-learning courses leading to associate degrees, diplomas and certificates designed for direct job placement, as well as associate degrees designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Corporate and Community Education Programs (Non-Credit)

SCC serves approximately 5,000 students annually through classroom, hybrid and online learning courses. The college provides professional and career development programs for business and industry, manufacturing, health care, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. The college provides customized training and development courses to business and industry. Personal enrichment courses are also offered.

Student Development Programs and Services

SCC provides opportunities that promote college readiness for students who are unprepared for college-level courses. These opportunities are provided through a wide variety of academic and student support services with an emphasis on preparing the student to enter and be successful in a program of study that builds academic and employability skills as well as personal and professional growth.

Economic Development Services

SCC proactively seeks to promote business growth in the service area through its Spark Center SC.


Learning: We believe in the worth of individuals and their potential for growth and development. We encourage students to reach their highest potential by helping them acquire a strong work ethic and by promoting a desire for lifelong learning. We build a community of learners who are prepared for employment and/or further education.

Excellence: We believe in the quality of our teaching and learning. We are innovative and continuously search for ways to improve our programs, services, and operations. We develop the professional potential of faculty and staff so that we uphold high academic and customer service standards. We recognize merit in both students and employees.

Diversity: We believe in the necessity of access to programs and services for the diverse populations we serve. We appreciate their perspectives and experiences. We encourage each person to learn at the highest levels of achievement through a variety of programs in a variety of formats. We practice teamwork and effective communication while maintaining a climate of mutual trust, respect, and fairness.

Partnerships: We believe in the strength of community. We instill a sense of college pride in students. We build strong alliances with other educational institutions, employers, organizations and communities to enhance opportunities for our students and to improve their quality of life. We participate in the community’s growth and development, and encourage faculty and staff to serve as leaders and role models.

Accountability: We believe in the power of responsibility. We stress students’ active role in their own learning, growth and development. We give employees responsibility for job performance. We strive to be cost effective and efficient in providing quality education and services to our students and communities. We actively seek additional resources to help meet student and community needs.

Approved by the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education on November 14, 2019. Approved by the SC Commission on Higher Education on October 21, 2020 College Values

Student Outcomes

Spartanburg Community College engages in a process of quality enhancement through continuous assessment and improvement. In an effort to support the College’s mission, each degree, diploma, and certificate offered at the College has faculty-developed learning outcomes, and each course has learning outcomes included on the syllabus. Additionally, every associate degree contains general education competencies.

Associate Degree General Education Competencies

Associate Degree Requirements

Every associate degree at Spartanburg Community College includes a minimum of 15 credit hours of general education courses as an integral component of the College’s graduation requirements. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. In order to promote intellectual inquiry, general education courses present a breadth of knowledge, not focusing on skills, techniques, and procedures specific to the student’s occupation or profession.


Spartanburg Community College has developed general education competencies that are designed to support the College’s values. The general education component develops lifelong learners through the introduction of a broad liberal arts requirement. While each associate degree may contain different courses, each program of study introduces students to six essential general education competencies.

General Education Competencies

Students who complete the general education graduation requirement will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Write professionally/academically in response to a variety of texts and audiences.
  • Speak publicly, listen actively, and respond effectively.
  • Access, retrieve, synthesize, and evaluate information.
  • Apply quantitative, qualitative and/or scientific reasoning to solve problems.
  • Explain social concepts and behaviors using fundamental theories and methods of analysis.
  • Apply analytical methodologies and diverse perspectives to interpret key works in various disciplines

SCC has identified courses which, when completed as part of the general education requirements, will allow students to achieve each competency.

Corporate & Community Education (C&CE) Division

The Corporate & Community Education Division at Spartanburg Community College provides training to adult citizens of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties to advance and support the economic and workforce development of the area. Training is available to citizens 17 years of age and older. Nationally recognized Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are granted to students who successfully complete occupational development courses. Training is provided to meet various customer needs:

  • Occupational Development
  • Customized Training for Business and Industry
  • New Employment and Dislocated Worker Training
  • Certification Preparation
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Individual Assessment and High Stakes Certification Testing
  • Summer Camps

Student learning is the focus of the Corporate & Community Education Division. Multiple instructional modes are provided for students to maximize learning. Student goal achievement is measured through student evaluation or competency assessment.

Additional Information

Consumer Information: Write to the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at SCC for information on costs, refunds, financial assistance, student eligibility, academic programs, etc. Catalog contents are subject to change.

English Fluency of Faculty: Spartanburg Community College, in compliance with SBTCE policy 8-2-109.1 and the English Fluency in Higher Education Act of 1991 (Section 59- 103-160 of the SC Code of Laws of 1976, as amended), requires faculty members whose first language is not English to possess adequate proficiency in both written and spoken English (SCC Procedure VI-330.1). Students concerned about a faculty member’s ability to write and speak fluently in the English language should utilize the SCC Student Grievance Procedure. Exclusion: This policy does not apply to the following instructional settings: continuing education courses; student participatory and activity courses such as clinics, studios and seminars; special arrangement courses such as individualized instruction and independent study courses; courses designed to be taught predominantly in a foreign language; and courses taught by visiting instructors.

Facility Services at SCC: Spartanburg Community College offers campus facilities as prime meeting space to local businesses, civic, professional and community organizations and individuals. Services include accommodations and audio visual services. SCC reserves the right to disallow any function which it deems unsuitable for the facility or incompatible with the College’s mission. To schedule an event at SCC contact the following locations:

  • SCC Giles Campus - (864) 592-4647
  • SCC Cherokee County Campus - (864) 206-2802
  • SCC Downtown Campus - (864) 592-4052
  • SCC Tyger River Campus & BMW Center - (864) 592-6524
  • SCC Union County Campus - (864) 466-1060

HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act) Institution Disclosure Information: Information about the academic and educational training programs at Spartanburg Community College is available on the College’s website (https://www.sccsc.edu/schoolslist/index.php) and in the current catalog. Additional information to include related instructional, laboratory, physical plant facilities; full-time and part-time faculty and other instructional personnel; clinical rotation sites, internships and field placements is available in each of the academic departments.

Non-Discrimination Statement: Spartanburg Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin/ethnic origin, marital or family status, veteran status, or disability in its admission policies, programs, activities or employment practices. The term “on the basis of sex,” when used in the employment context, includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation. The College complies with the provisions of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1986; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the South Carolina Human Affairs Law of 1972; and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as well as the ADA Amendments of 2008 (ADAAA).

For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, students should contact Stacey Obi, Vice President of Strategic Innovation, who coordinates Title II of the ADA/ADAAA, Section 504, and Title IX at 864-592-4618, located on the Giles Campus in the Dan L. Terhune Building, room 325. Employees and prospective employees should contact Susan Chastain at (864) 592-4766, located on the Giles Campus in the James P. Ledbetter Building, room 208.  

Notice of Student Responsibility: The information contained in this publication does not constitute a contract between Spartanburg Community College and its students or applicants for admission or any other person. Failure to read this publication does not excuse students from rules and procedures described herein. Personal factors, illness or contradictory advice from any source are not acceptable grounds for seeking exemption from these rules and procedures. Spartanburg Community College reserves the privilege of changing, without notice, any information or statement in this publication. You may view the College’s website at www.sccsc.edu for current or the most up to date information.

Services to Students with Disabilities: SCC fully complies with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. Students needing accommodations may contact Coordinator of Student Disability Services Joshua Holmes at (864) 592-4818, (864) 453-1882 (Video Phone), or DisabilityServices@sccsc.edu, or visit the office in the P. Dan Hull Building, room 4. SCC Vice President of Strategic Innovation coordinates ADA/Section 504 and EEO/Title IX for students and can be contacted at (864) 592-4618 or visited in the Dan L. Terhune Building, room 325. 

Student-Right-To-Know: As defined by federal Student-Right-To-Know (SRTK) legislation, Spartanburg Community College’s graduation rate for the 2018 cohort year is 26%, and transfer-out rate for 2018 cohort year is 9%. It is important to note that the SRTK is a “cohort” study. It identifies the students who are first-time, full-time, and degree-seeking in the fall semester of the cohort year. The graduation rate is the percentage of students in the cohort who graduate within 150% of the expected time to graduation (typically within three years for a two-year program). While SRTK has merit in that it provides a standardized measure of effectiveness, it is limited in that the cohort is small when compared to the typical community college or technical college population.

The 4-year Average Student-Right-To-Know Completion or Graduation Rate Calculation for Spartanburg Community College is 23%.

The 4-year Average Student-Right-To-Know Transfer-out Rate is 12%.

* Information at the time of printing of this publication

Transfer Officer: SCC Registrar Celia Bauss can be contacted at (864) 592-4754.

World Wide Web Address: Spartanburg Community College’s home page address is https://www.sccsc.edu.