Spartanburg Community College announced that the college’s Early Childhood Education program was the recipient of a $15,898 grant from the Mary Black Foundation to help the program be better equipped to train students to enter the workforce as daycare teachers, teacher’s assistants, and directors of childcare programs.
"Investments such as this from the community we serve is a testament to the impact Spartanburg Community College has on the area," said Dr. Michael Mikota, president of SCC. "I want to thank the Mary Black Foundation for investing in the continued success of our students and I can’t wait to see the ways in which this will benefit those participating in our Early Childhood Education program and the children they will one day influence."
Funding for this project supports the Early Care and Education Certificate and Associate Degree programs by establishing a simulation lab, investing in traveling kits that students can take to practicums at local daycares, and investing in faculty professional development.
With the help of this funding, SCC will establish an Early Care Education Simulation Lab at SCC's Downtown Campus to provide students with the opportunity to practice what they are learning in the classroom in a simulated early childhood environment. The Simulation Lab will include educational toys and books, furniture utilized in early childhood classrooms, and equipment needed to create personalized learning activities for preschool-age children.
Finally, funding will allow SCC’s faculty members to attend training to become certified Pediatric CPR/First Aid trainers so that they can train students in life-saving techniques.
These strategic enhancements to the program will help to close the gap on educational disparities by ensuring that graduates are trained in best practices for early childhood education and enter Spartanburg's early childhood workforce equipped to provide high quality education to young children throughout the Upstate.
"The Early Care and Education Department at SCC is incredibly grateful to the Mary Black Foundation for their generosity in giving," said Connie Spink, department chair for SCC’s Early Care and Education Programs. "The support provided by the Mary Black Foundation will improve the education and experiences of students who will teach our area’s youngest learners, therefore ultimately providing our community with higher quality early childhood educators."
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