MONROE — South Piedmont Community College has a lot this summer.

SPCC has announced Bonnie Cotter as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Her role includes strengthening the college’s current programs while adding new ones. Too, she is tasked with building new relationships between the college and members of the community and advancing the future of South Piedmont.

According to a report from SPCC, Cotter formerly served as a principal at a large high school in the California Bay area for six years. Before that, she held leadership positions at several private schools in the Charlotte area for about a decade.

“Community colleges are uniquely prepared to deliver on this vision,” Cotter said in the statement, “and I am particularly drawn to South Piedmont’s values and ambitious vision. I am so happy to be part of the team.”

She “brings broad experience in not-for-profit and small business leadership to SPCC through her unique set of skills that has spanned education, healthcare, human services, and small business environments demonstrating the nimbleness and expertise to innovate and elevate organizations across a wide spectrum of industries,” per a statement from the college.

Cotter is a certified strategic planner and completed a specialized certificate in Risk Management in Decision-Making from Stanford. She holds an MBA from SUNY, Buffalo and a BA in Journalism/Communications from St. Bonaventure University.

In addition to hiring Cotter, SPCC has also reintroduced a therapeutic massage program led by Dr. Tim Reischman. He started the program at the college 20 years ago, according to the school.

The program has been redesigned and will help students achieve licensure in a shorter amount of time.

“As the therapeutic massage instructor, Reischman will be looking to partner with local businesses around the community to involve students in real-world learning. Graduates are in demand for employment at local spas, chiropractic practices, fitness centers, and hospitals,” according to South Piedmont’s statement.

Students are required to complete 660 hours of instruction spanning two semesters. Instruction includes learning techniques in Swedish and deep tissue massage.

They will earn two certificates for the fall and spring semester courses. Afterward, they will be able to take the MBLEx test.

If they pass, they will earn licensing through the state of North Carolina.

Classes begin in August at the Monroe campus (4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe) To register or learn more, go to https://spcc.edu/therapeutic-massage/.