The College of Educational Enrichment To Graduate 46 Special Needs Students On December 1st

November 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

The College of Educational Enrichment, a joint partnership between the School of Education at University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education, began in June 2006 to enable students with physical and mental disabilities to attend courses on the college campus in as close to a normal learning environment as possible.

“This has been one of our highly successful community partnership programs,” said Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate. “It has been mutually beneficial to the Charles Lea Center student participants and to the USC Upstate teacher education students who have gained valuable field experiences working in the program.”

On December 1 at 6:30 p.m., the program will graduate its first class of 46 students by presenting the students with an “Initial Degree of Educational Enrichment” for completing a minimum of five courses. The ceremony will be held at the University Readiness Center on the USC Upstate campus.

Since its inception, 223 students have participated in the four special interest courses offered each semester. The course offerings began with low-impact aerobics, computer skills, functional reading, using a newspaper, and exploring Spartanburg and were later developed to include the history of Spartanburg, current events, arts and crafts, art: painting and drawing, physical education, reading, and math.

“This program is successful only because of the truly caring commitment of the teaching staff, which includes Patti and Mike Hester, Pam Pace, Anna Hodge, Alice Lawson, Terri Phillips, Debbie Creech, and Ginger Powell,” said Dr. Lori Tanner, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate.

For more information about the College of Educational Enrichment, contact Dr. Lori Tanner, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate, at 864-503-5636 or