SPARTANBURG — On Thursday, May 4, Spartanburg Community College will award more than 600 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduating students who are poised to continue their education or begin work in high-growth, high-demand careers. Careers that will no doubt yield successful results not only for the graduates and their families, but for South Carolina’s economy as well. As such, it’s only fitting that SCC’s 2017 commencement speaker represents one of Spartanburg County’s largest employers, a company that is a business leader in South Carolina and across the world.
Ms. Sky Foster, Department Manager of Corporate Communications at BMW Manufacturing Company, will address the more than 3,000 attendees at SCC’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
“Sky Foster has been a leader in the growth of one of SC’s premier companies, BMW Manufacturing, since the company began their Greer, SC operations in 1993,” explains Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “As a team player and principal contributor during BMW’s start-up, Sky is successful in driving innovative solutions, balancing employee needs and organizational goals, and empowering others. Sky demonstrates a tapestry of talents, including coaching, consulting, talent management, using advanced technology, project management, change management, and communication strategies.”
Prior to her current position with BMW, Foster managed and administered corporate leadership, technical training, leadership assessment centers, recruiting and staffing, organizational development, benefits and compensation programs, executive and management coaching and intercultural language programs. She has traveled BMW’s Global Network, including Africa, England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico and Canada.
A Gaffney, SC native, Foster graduated from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC with a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology.
Giles adds, “Guided by faith and intuition and grounded in principles of integrity, diversity and wisdom, Sky Foster has been a respected corporate leader in industry and a community educator for more than 25 years. She is a role model for young people who want to find and fulfill their life’s purpose.”
SCC is projected to award 690 students associate degrees, diplomas and certificates for the 2016-2017 academic year. Approximately 400 students will participate in graduation ceremonies on May 4.
“We’re very proud of all of our students who have achieved their academic goals while here at SCC,” said Giles. “We wish them all the best and continuous success in their future endeavors.”
Registration for SCC summer and fall semester classes is going on now. Summer classes begin on May 15, May 30 and June 19. Fall classes begin on August 14, September 19, October 9 and October 25. Individuals interested in registering for classes can apply online at www.sccsc.edu or contact the admissions center at any SCC location for more assistance.
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SCC offers more than 70 academic program offerings including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend classes with multiple start dates and more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit www.sccsc.edu.