UNION COUNTY — Three people who attended an information session about the Welding and Mechatronics programs at the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College are now in the process of enrolling to attend classes which start in August.
Since it opened in 2009, the campus has offered classes in Welding, its most popular subject. The popularity of the Welding courses is due to the following:
• Starting salaries for welders range from $18 to $25 an hour.
• Trained welders can easily shift from industry to industry increasingly the likelihood that they will remain employed.
• All the welders who have graduated have immediately gotten a job following — and in some cases before — graduation.
Welders are in much demand, both locally and in the Upstate and beyond, and so are Mechatronics technicians.
Mechatronics is a discipline requiring the ability to use aspects of electronics, mechanics, control theory, and computer science to run the various processes involved in today’s — and, even more so, tomorrow’s — manufacturing industries. Like their counterparts in Welding, Mechatronics technicians are in much demand by the manufacturing sector which needs workers that are highly skilled and highly adaptable in coping with the changing technological demands of the industry.
It is for that reason that the SCC Union Campus will begin offering Mechatronics with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 15.
To promote public awareness of the Welding and Mechatronics courses it will be offering, the SCC Union Campus in conjunction with SCWorks held an information session on July 19 at the SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union.
Campus Director Kathy Jo Lancaster addressed a small group of people who attended the information session about the Welding and Mechatronics courses being offered, inviting those interested in taking the courses to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible.
Three of them did.
“Three of the participants expressed an interest in attending and are now working through the process to be accepted into the Mechatronics program,” Lancaster said Tuesday afternoon. “One of them has already been accepted and we registered them today and we are working with the other two.”
In addition to the information session at SCWorks, Lancaster said the campus has updated its message on the digital billboard on the Duncan Bypass near Walmart. She said the updated information about the courses being offered has resulted in the campus getting more phone calls from persons interested in enrolling for the fall semester.
With the start of the semester just a little over two weeks away, Lancaster urged those interested in attending to contact the campus and get the enrollment process going as soon as possible.
“Being this close to the start of school we’re urging everyone to please give us a call to get the enrollment process started so you can be registered,” Lancaster said. “In addition, the sooner we can get the enrollment process under way the quicker we can also see if you qualify for financial assistance.”
Lancaster said that the sources of potential assistance are there through SCC or SCWorks or through the Union County Community Scholarship Fund. She urged anyone interested in attending classes at SCC this fall to pursue these possible sources of financial assistance.
SCWorks Union Director Katherine Pendergrass and SCC Works Spartanburg Talent Development Lead Nancy Wilson said Thursday that persons interested in attending SCC Union this fall should contact the agency to see if they qualify for WIOA assistance.
Pendergrass and Wilson said the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program provides financial assistance to persons who are low-income and/or have basic skills deficiency such as the lack of a high school diploma. The program is based on household income and an evaluation of the applicant’s needs based on criteria such as their interests and work history. To apply for the program, a person must also be enrolled with SCWorks.
Since the fall semester at SCC Union starts Aug. 15, the process of applying for WIOA assistance would not be completed by the start of the semester. However, Pendergrass and Wilson said that persons who qualify for the assistance can nevertheless receive it after the start of classes. They urged those interested in obtaining that assistance to come to the SCWorks office and begin the process as soon as possible.
For more information about the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College and its course offerings including Welding and Mechatronics as well as possible financial assistance call 864-466-1060.
For more information about SCWorks and the services it provides including the WIOA program call 864-427-4119. The SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union is currently operating on its summer schedule and is open Monday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8;30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.