SPCC receives input on what Waxhaw residents want

WAXHAW – Officials with South Piedmont Community College now have a better idea of what kinds of classes residents want to see the school offer in Waxhaw. When those classes will start is yet to be determined.

Dozens of Waxhaw residents filled out surveys during the town’s First Friday event to let South Piedmont Community College know what classes they would like to see in their community.

Dozens of Waxhaw residents filled out surveys during the town’s First Friday event to let South Piedmont Community College know what classes they would like to see in their community.

SPCC staff took part in the monthly First Friday event held in downtown Waxhaw last week, where they had biology demonstrations, face painting, activities for kids and more. The event served as a chance for residents to fill out a survey and indicate what classes they’d be interested in seeing in Waxhaw, with answers including courses for college credit, fine arts, Spanish from beginning to advanced levels, American sign language, health, general education and more, according to Michael McAllister, the school’s public information officer.

“There was a lot of excitement,” McAllister said.  “They are really anticipating having the college in Waxhaw and having classes in Waxhaw.  We are just excited to be there and bring classes into Waxhaw.”

The college does not know when classes will start, but Karen Johnson, from the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs, hopes to see classes this fall.

“We were hoping, and I think they were hoping as well, since they have some classes ready to go (maybe SPCC can) have some stuff set up by September,” Johnson said.

SPCC is bringing classes into Waxhaw through a partnership with the newly created Waxhaw Entrepreneurs group, run through the Waxhaw Business Association.  The new organization works with new business owners to help get their ideas up and running through mentors, classes and more.

“The WBA and the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs are really kind of sponsoring them to bring them here and making sure they feel welcome and have a space to teach the classes in and kind of being a support group for them,” Johnson said.

Adults and new business owners may not be the only ones benefiting from the new partnership.  Many residents at the First Friday event also showed interest in SPCC’s Smarter Saturday Program, which works with high school students to prepare them for tests like the SAT and ACT.

SPCC staff is still looking at the survey and resources available in Waxhaw to decide what classes they will hold and when they will take place.  For more information about classes offered by SPCC, go to www.spcc.edu or call 704-290-5100 for the Union County campus.

SPCC is still accepting surveys which can be found on the college’s website.

The Waxhaw Entrepreneurs will offer a class of its own starting Thursday, Aug. 15. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 9, and cost to attend is $70. A SPCC professor will lead the class. Although the partnership between SPCC and the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs will bring classes to the community, the business incubator service also will host classes on its own, tailored specifically to new or experienced business owners.

The Notary Class is open to people 18 years old and older who live or work in North Carolina and have no felony convictions. The book for the class costs about $35 and can be purchased at the SPCC bookstore, 4223 Old Charlotte Hwy. in Monroe.

The class will take place at the Waxhaw Entrepreneur office at 216 W., North Main St. in office 310.

For more information about the Notary Class or any other classes offered through the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs, contact Johnson at 704-225-3871.

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