Questions & Answers

Sphere College Project wants to bring adult community members together to fill the skills gap, and create an inspiring and effective model of education for non-traditional adult learners. The model will maximize local resources and empower adults to accomplish their goals, while helping others and the community. All adults from the community are welcome to participate in the design, delivery and evolution of this initiative, which is ongoing.  

What services do you offer?

We are currently offering individual and group mentorship, as well as coursework in communication, essential (life) skills, and numerical literacy. We will grow our essential skills curriculum as demand increases. Additionally, we expect to offer other courses in the future.  

Who are Sphere’s Mentors?

Presently, Sphere’s lead mentor is former college professor and Sphere founder – Richard Liston. However, Sphere has access to other mentors in the Asheville community. We invite any adult with a passion for mentoring others to volunteer to be a mentor. Mentors may be current or former university instructors, active or retired coaches, consultants, and business owners and professionals. The main criteria for becoming a Sphere mentor is a commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth and development; we ask mentors to participate in ongoing skill-building dialogues and initiatives for the intention of creating the highest quality mentorship experience for everyone.  

Is Sphere College Project accredited?

No. We offer a certification for participants who wish to complete our 3-Phase Program and pass a competency assessment by professionals in the field or discipline of choice. We are open always to the possibility of seeking accreditation if the Sphere community chooses to do so.  

What is the legal structure of Sphere?

Sphere College Project is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit organization. On a non-legal basis, we are aiming for a worker-run organization with equitable distribution of leadership. In our case, this means that participants (students), teachers, mentors and staff collaborate in steering the direction of the organization.  

Where do you get your funding?

Sphere funds its operations in a number of ways. We generate revenue from private and group mentorship as well as course fees. We are also actively seeking private donations from individuals and organizations in the community and throughout the country, and grant money from foundations. Sphere College Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to support Sphere with a financial gift, please visit our donations page.