South Plains College Plainview Center opens doors to future

 

PLAINVIEW – With Jan. 1, 2018 just around the corner, now is a great time to consider starting a college education. 

The South Plains College Plainview Center features a growing and vital academic transfer program. Each year, students enroll in core curriculum courses and electives at the SPC Plainview Center as well as prepare to transfer to a four-year institution. 

SPC Plainview Center will host registration with extended hours to make the process easy. Registration will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 9-11 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 12. Classes begin Jan. 16. 

Also, late registration continues from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 16-18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19. 

The time is now to apply for Financial Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. 

SPC Plainview Center students get a great start to their college experience by getting a quality education at an affordable price. Along with traditional face-to-face and interactive TV courses, SPC students also have the opportunity to take online courses and/or courses at the main campus in Levelland, SPC Reese Center and SPC Lubbock Center. 

The SPC Plainview Center serves as a one-stop shop by providing student services and academic support that allow the staff and faculty to assist a wide range of students, whether they plan to take courses at the center, online or at other locations. Individuals who want to receive their degree locally in Plainview are able to complete the general studies Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) programs by attending classes at the SPC Plainview Center and incorporating online classes as needed. For example, core sciences offered at the center include Anatomy & Physiology; introduction to Chemistry; and Microbiology as well as additional sciences that are available at other SPC locations and online. 

The SPC Plainview Center offers student services such as admission, financial aid, business office, academic advisement, career counseling, academic placement testing, tutoring and library access for students.

By working closely with SPC and university advisors, a student can successfully transfer these courses to a university such as Wayland Baptist University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Plainview. Students also can take their core curriculum courses at the center and then transfer on to SPC Levelland, SPC Reese and SPC Lubbock locations to complete their associate in other majors such as criminal justice, education and a variety of other program areas. Additionally, pre-requisite courses are available at the center for SPC technical programs based at the main campus/centers, such as allied health programs.

 

The SPC Plainview Center’s technical programs include:

  • Automotive Technology Fundamental certificate – This program is designed to train the student to service automobiles and light trucks. Students can earn certificate with emphasis in automotive fundamentals, including electrical systems, brakes, suspension, steering, climate control, welding, computer applications, and business management/human relation skills. To qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency, the student must complete a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program.
  • Cosmetology certificate – During this one-year program, students are taught the rules and regulations of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. They will understand the theory and skills of shampooing, hair and scalp treatment, hair cutting, chemical hair relaxing, hair styling and shaping, manicuring, cold waving, hair coloring, and facials. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become eligible to test and be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and to work as a cosmetologist in the State of Texas. Students receive a Certificate of Proficiency upon completion of the curriculum. To qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.
  • Industrial Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies (IMET – certificate, advanced certificate and associate of applied science) – The Industrial Manufacturing program is designed to provide students with skills necessary to become an entry-level technician. This program is designed to train technicians to troubleshoot, service, maintain and install wind/solar energy systems. Graduates are prepared to work as field service technicians in wind/solar and related industries.
  • Vocational Nursing certificate – The Vocational Nursing program is designed to prepare individuals interested in the nursing profession to practice as licensed vocational nurses.  Clinical experience is provided through affiliations with several area health care facilities. Satisfactory completion of the 12-month curriculum with a minimum grade of "C" in all course work entitles the student to receive a Certificate of Proficiency. The student is then eligible to apply to take the State Board licensure examination.
  • Welding Technology Basic certificate – This certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the welding and metal fabricating industry. Students will receive instruction in oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding of sheet metal, plate, and structural shapes. Reading and interpretation of industrial blueprints, basic metallurgy, basic electricity, and welding safety are also presented. To qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program. 

Courses also are available in business for students seeking certification as a customer service representative. Dual credit courses are available for area schools including Plainview High School and Plainview Christian Academy. Subjects include core curriculum courses, auto, cosmetology and welding. 

The SPC Plainview Center Workforce and Continuing Education programs provide courses in certified nurse aid training, computer courses, customer service training, electrical & home wiring, introduction to welding, phlebotomy and other courses based on the needs of the local community and businesses.

For more information on the educational opportunities that SPC has to offer, contact the main office at (806) 296-9611, ext. 4302.