Free college day draws curious, studious

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 06:28 PM

South Piedmont Community College flung open its doors Saturday to allow the community to come sample a few of its offerings with free classes throughout the day. 

The classes offered range from drawing, to dissections to medical coding. They were a mixture of fine arts and vocational offerings. 

Ken Campbell, from Indian Trail, came to the campus to try to Create a Movie class. He said he was new to Apple products and would like to learn how to convert videos of the grandchildren playing into movies. 

"It's been quite interesting," Campbell said. He added that the class was a "snapshot" of what they would learn. 

He would be interested in taking the entire class one semester.

Other attendees were already students at SPCC who were curious about other programs. 

Dana Lambert, from Wadesboro, is a student at SPCC. Saturday she took classes in ultrasound and medical coding. 

"It was fun," Lambert said. "I learned a lot." 

"I think (free college day) is a good thing," she said. She added that it helps people get an understanding to know more about what they want to do. 

Melanie Huneycutt, a Polkton resident, took drawing and earring-making. She saw the classes online and thought they looked interesting, she said. 

"They were real good," she said. She had already requested information about the classes and was interested in signing up. 

Other attendees braved the rain to learn how to play disc golf, learned how to dissect in dissection 101, worked on sculpting, learned how to use the computer to make movies, attended a class on how to cope with job loss and other classes. 

One class, SPCC meets the world, looked at some of the international students at the community college and tasted some of the foods from their cultures. 

"(We are) the best kept secret in Union County," President Stan Sidor said. "(We) wanted to find a way for the community to come and see us." 

The faculty and staff volunteered their time to teach the classes throughout the day. 

Sidor saw people throughout the day who planned on attending one class, but found they were interested in several others. 

"We serve all facets of the community," Sidor said. He said they wanted people to explore everything they have to offer, so they made the offered classes broad in subject.  

This is the college's second year holding the program.