By Pamela Sutphin

Spartanburg Community College is a great choice for job training or education toward a degree, but it’s also a lot more. We believe in lifelong learning, from early adulthood through the golden years.

Whether you need training for professional certification or want to learn a new hobby, our Corporate & Community Education division probably has what you’re looking for.

Corporate & Community Education (CCE) creates classes based on the needs and interests of adults. Some courses are offered on a continuing basis, while others begin as a result of specific requests by individuals or professional or civic groups. Courses can be developed on or off campus, day or night, or whenever there is an interest expressed by a sufficient number of people.

Robert Leslie, Dean of CCE, has led the division since January 2015. His goal has been to recharge the program and infuse it with new and improved offerings.

Take Web Development, for example. The college offers Web Development as part of the Computer Technologies Associate Degree. CCE tailors its offerings into a focused program for Front End Web Development. The program is aimed at individual with no previous experience with web development or programming.

The courses in the series include CSS, HTML, Javascript, Photoshop, PhP, Ruby on Rails, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Basics, Visual Studio and a Web Production Lab.  By the end of the program, the student will have tools and practical knowledge necessary to build visually rich single page web applications and kickstart a career as a Front End Web Developer.

A unique aspect of this program is that the student can customize their training to suit their needs by taking all of the series or just the classes they want. The Front End Web Developer Series starts on January 26 and meets Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm through June 13.

Classes from A-Z

“We offer 100 to 150 classes each term,” Leslie explains. “Some are purely for fun, while others focus on professional certification and continuing education credits, like our series of real estate classes.”

Courses like Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Phlebotomy Technician are available for individuals who want to enter the healthcare field and classes are offered each term.

“My door is always open,” Leslie says. “If members of the community have a special need for training or are interested in learning about a particular topic, I welcome their input. After all, ‘community’ is our middle name!”