Free college Feb. 23

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 05:24 PM

Anyone interested can attend South Piedmont Community College free for a day.

SPCC set the date for its second annual Free College Day. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event allows people over the age of 13 to attend up to six college classes. The community college is offering 44 classes for participants to choose from, but more may be added before the event. 

The event coincides with FAFSA Day, where people can get help filling out forms required to receive financial aid from the financial aid office. That will be held in the library from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Free College Day began a year ago as a way to showcase the college and reach out to the community. 

"We were looking for new ways to kind of give back to the community and looking for, I guess, a new perspective on how to show people what South Piedmont has to offer them," Campus Events Coordinator Carri Thompson said.

"(We were) really trying to showcase to everyone exactly what a great place South Piedmont is," she added. 

Last year, they had more than 350 registered attendants and more than 70 classes offered. 

"It was widely successful across the board," Thompson said. 

They surveyed participants and 100 percent of those responding said they would recommend Free College Day to a friend. 

This year, the classes are a mixture of fun and helpful. 

"I think this year we've added a lot of practical things that can be great for anyone," Thompson said. 

She hopes attendees find a program or a professor they enjoy. 

Attendees can go to a wide range of classes, including disc golf, crochet for beginners, resume and cover letter writing, dissection 101, create a movie and medical sonography among others.

A full list of classes is available online.

Some classes do have space limitations because they are very hands-on, Thompson said. The class listings on the website say if space is limited. 

"We've had a few fill up so far, but there are plenty of open spaces," she said. 

Though the event is a little more than a month away, people have already registered. 

"We're excited," Thompson said. "We're tickled that we can do this for our community and we hope people will come out and take advantage of the opportunity." 

Registration is open and will remain open until the day of the event. Anyone interested can register online at www.spccevents.com/freecollege/