I always thought people with long job titles had boring gigs.
After all, Tom Brady is a QB, Elon Musk is a CEO and I’m a word nerd. But meeting Julie Sikes and Jeff Kraftson from South Piedmont Community College changed my mind.
Kraftson is the executive director of marketing and strategic partnerships. Let me catch my breath. Sikes is the vice president of institutional advancement. I’m so out of shape, y’all.
Their job titles are long but the essence of their work can be summed up simply by promoting the idea of opportunity or reinvention.
A lot of people are clocking in and clocking out, working for the weekend, which judging by traffic outside my window, seems to start just after brunch on Fridays.
Life is too short to be miserable. If I hear people complaining about their jobs, I encourage them to consider aligning their careers with things they could enjoy doing for free. I encourage them to find a passion or a purpose.
What I’ve always admired about community colleges is that they provide pathways to doing this. Skim SPCC’s course catalog and you’ll find courses that introduce you to culinary arts, engine repair and many other skills I wish I had.
People don’t realize it, but community colleges offer courses and programs that align with the needs of the local workforce.
Classes and certifications can help retool job knowledge and skills, while degree programs can provide affordable portals to more advanced education to jump-start any career.
I think we’ll be hearing a lot about SPCC this year. The college is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Jim Hunt signed a bill into law on May 19, 1999, that established a multi-campus community college serving Union and Anson counties.
In recent months, SPCC drew a slew of elected leaders to talk with retired military at a monthly Veterans Coffee House and even held a comic book convention that sought to answer the age old question: Is “Star Wars” better than “Star Trek?”
In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight some of the ways in which SPCC has benefited Union County.