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Tri-County to Launch Honors Program

Tri-County Technical College will roll out a new program for high performing students this fall with the launch of the Honors Experience.

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New Pharmacy Technician Program Debuts This Fall

Over the past year, Dr. Ann Barnes, program coordinator and instructor for Tri-County Technical College’s new Pharmacy Technician program, worked on curriculum development and achieving SACS accreditation, talked with health care partners, and recruited students in preparation for launching the program this fall.

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Timmer Offered Job Following Completion of BMW Scholars Program

Ryan Timmer, a 2015 Tri-County Technical College Mechatronics graduate, was among the BMW Scholars offered full-time employment following a graduation ceremony held June 11 at the company’s Greer plant. The BMW Scholars Program offers the workplace benefits of a traditional apprentice program found in Germany with the additional advantage of tuition and book assistance.

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Officials Break Ground on Vet Tech Expanded Housing/Learning Facility

Tri-County Technical College officials broke ground May 21 on a new $1.5 million veterinary technology expanded housing and learning facility that officials say will help the College reach a goal of being the best Veterinary Technology teaching facility in the nation.

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GE Manager Bernie Anger Addresses Tri-County’s Largest Graduating Class

Dramatic and accelerated changes in the digital world will be exciting and terrifying and will change how we interact, Bernie Anger, general manager of GE Intelligent Platforms, a business unit within GE Energy Management based in Charlottesville, Virginia, told Tri-County Technical College’s largest graduating class ever at the spring commencement. Six hundred and twenty-three received degrees, diplomas and certificates at the ceremony held May 8 at the Anderson Civic Center.

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Twenty-four Veterinary Technology Students Receive Pins During Annual Ceremony

Tri-County Technical College’s 2015 Veterinary Technology graduates asked their “number-one fan and mentor since day one,” former instructor Christee Williams, to deliver the address at their annual pinning ceremony held May 8.

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Lindsey Montjoy Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Lindsey Montjoy of Anderson received Tri-County Technical College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s spring commencement May 8 at the Anderson Civic Center.

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Jackye Murphy Receives Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award

Jackye Murphy, an adjunct instructor in Tri-County Technical College’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) program, received the College’s 2015 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award May 7.

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Tyler Swaney Is First Connect to College Graduate to Be Named One of Tri-County’s Outstanding Graduates

When Tyler Swaney entered Tri-County Technical College in 2012 as a Connect to College student, he set a goal to learn something new every day either in life or in his studies. “I always want to move forward. Life is about learning, expanding and growing,” said Tyler, who is the first Connect to College graduate to be named one of Tri-County’s Outstanding Graduates. Earlier this year he was honored as the top student in the Automotive Technology program and will receive an Automotive Technology degree at the College’s May 8 graduation.

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Layoff in 2013 Set Tara Williams on Path to Pursuing Degree, She Graduates with 4.0, Financial Stability and Independence

In the fall of 2013, Tara Williams, a 36-year-old single mother struggling to make ends meet, got what she calls “The Letter.” For the third time in three years, she was facing another job layoff, this time due to a plant closure. “It seemed I was always the last one hired and first to go,” she said.

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Second Chances Lead to First-Place Award for Tara Lenertz

The biggest life lesson Tara Lenertz learned in the last decade is that it’s harder to make your way in the world with just a high school diploma.

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GE Executive to Address Tri-County’s Spring Graduates

Bernie Anger, general manager of GE Intelligent Platforms, a business unit within GE Energy Management based in Charlottesville, Virginia, will deliver Tri-County Technical College's spring commencement address Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center.

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Strut Your Stripes at Patriot Run and Freedom Ride

Celebrate Armed Forces Day and honor our veterans by participating in Tri-County Technical College’s Patriot Run & Freedom Ride set for Saturday, May 16.The event will be held at the Anderson Campus located at 511 Michelin Boulevard.

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Tri-County Chorus’ Spring Concert is April 17

The Tri-County Technical College Chorus will present its annual spring concert Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus. It will include a performance by the new jazz band. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Veterans Scholarships Forever Will Make Sergeant Anna Grant’s Dream of Operating Her Own Restaurant Come True

Sergeant. Anna Grant always thought she would have to win the lottery to pursue her lifelong goal of owning and operating her own restaurant. A scholarship from Veterans Scholarships Forever is going to make Sergeant Grant’s dream come true much faster than she ever anticipated.

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Tri-County Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

As they go along life’s pathway, guest speaker Herm Allen urged Tri-County Technical College’s honor society inductees to think about four important elements that will contribute to paving the road to their futures – passion, attitude, values and enthusiasm.

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Tri-County’s April 15 Criminal Justice Fair Has Special Emphasis – To Help Veterans Find Jobs in Law Enforcement

Tri-County Technical College’s April 15 Criminal Justice Career Fair is open to the public and will have a special emphasis this year on helping veterans find jobs in law enforcement.

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Veterinary Technology Adoption Day is April 22

Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Department will hold a Pet Adoption Day Wednesday, April 22, from 2 - 6 p.m. at Halbert Hall on the Pendleton Campus.

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Tri-County’s Top Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie L. Booth began his remarks to the College’s 2015 outstanding students by directing them and their guests to the back page of the event program which outlined the College’s Mission, Vision and Values Statements, the College’s guiding principles.

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Looking Back, Sidney Davis Says Tri-County Would Have Been His First Choice

Sidney Davis never even considered Tri-County Technical College when he was a high school senior making decisions about college. “I didn’t want to go to college near my home,” said the Westminster resident, so he headed to Spartanburg Methodist where he received an associate degree in science. He went on to USC-Upstate where he planned to study communications. “I wanted to work in broadcast journalism but I discovered I’m not a writer,” he said. He came home after a year and began looking for work – and training for a career.

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Selena Valdizon Will Be First, But Not the Last, in Her Family to Earn a Degree

When Selena Valdizon celebrates her 20th birthday July 29, she will receive the best gift ever when Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie L. Booth presents her with a college diploma during summer commencement.“What a gift to graduate on my birthday. Actually, it’s a gift to the entire family,” said Selena, the daughter of Latino immigrants who barely spoke English when they moved to Walhalla from New York 17 years ago. (Her mother is from Mexico and her father is from El Salvador.) Being the first in her family to attend college is a big deal, she said. “They are so proud of me.”

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Two Years at Tri-County Have Been ‘Great Learning Experience’ for Nikki Giba

Small town is an understatement, says Nikki Giba when describing her hometown of Cherokee, Alabama, population 1,031. The town welcomed its first fast food restaurant, a Subway, last year. The closest movie theatre is 35 minutes away. Its biggest claim to fame is the Seven Springs Lodge Resort and Rattlesnake Saloon. Nikki was one of 30 seniors who graduated from Cherokee High School in 2013. “I can count on both hands those who went on to college,” she said. For most of them, it was the University of North Alabama, located in Florence, just 30 minutes from Cherokee where most of her friends plan to make their homes and settle into careers after graduation. “They don’t want to leave,” she said. “But I did. I wanted more.”

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Southern Stories Event, Set for April 3, Is Wonderful Addition to Tri-County’s Bluegrass Concert Festivities

Nationally known storyteller Tim Lowry will headline an upcoming Southern Stories event set for April 3 at Tri-County Technical College. The Friday night performance will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus. The event, sponsored by the College’s Enrichment Series, is free and open to the public.

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Bluegrass under the Stars Concert is April 4; College Partners with CMT to Promote Empowering Education Initiative

Tri-County Technical College’s 10th Annual Bluegrass under the Stars concert is set for Saturday, April 4, at the Pendleton Campus.The free concert and fireworks event for the family is held annually in conjunction with the town of Pendleton’s annual Spring Jubilee celebration. The event will be held from 6 - 10 p.m. in Parking Lot B adjacent to Fulp Hall. It will be held rain or shine (rain location is College’s Student Center).

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Veterans’ Educational and Entrepreneurship Resources Fair Is March 16

Tri-County Technical College Is partnering with U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s office to host an event designed to prepare veterans for upcoming job fairs in the area.The Veterans’ Educational and Entrepreneurship Resources Fair will be held Monday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Tri-County’s Anderson Campus (511 Michelin Blvd., Anderson).

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Alumnus Credits Manufacturing Management And Leadership Degree for His Success on the Job

As a production supervisor at Advanced Labelworx, a custom label printing company in Anderson, Daniel Sanders wears many hats. In addition to supervising a 15-member production team, he coordinates shipping schedules, works with customers to ensure on-time delivery and collaborates with research and development and management teams. It’s a multi-faceted job, with responsibilities that require process improvement, lean manufacturing and quality management skills.

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Special Event for High School Juniors and Seniors, Hosted by CMT, To Be Held Prior to Tri-County’s Bluegrass under the Stars Concert

In 2013 Nikki Giba was one of 30 seniors who graduated from Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Alabama, population 1,031. She could count on both hands her fellow graduates who went on to college. Nearly two years later, Nikki, in her last semester at Tri-County Technical College, is preparing applications to three S.C. universities with Clemson University at top of the list. Next month you can catch Nikki and other Tri-County students and graduates at a special event, hosted by Country Music Television (CMT), for high school juniors and seniors, on Saturday, April 4, at Tri-County Technical College. They will discuss their individual educational journeys and the different pathways that led them to Tri-County. Videos of their stories will be posted on CMT’s Empowering Education website.

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Veterinary Technology Adoption Day Is March 12

Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Department will hold a Pet Adoption Day Thursday, March 12, from 2 - 6 p.m. at Halbert Hall on the Pendleton Campus.

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Educational Talent Search Program Paves Way to College for Koshier Dawson

So many words come to Herm Allen’s mind when asked to describe 21-year-old Koshier Dawson, whom he befriended and mentored while serving as her counselor in the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program. Determined. Committed. Wise beyond her years. Resilient. “Most important, she is genuinely kind,” said Allen, who is coordinator of ETS at Tri-County Technical College. He met Koshier when she began the ninth grade at Westside High School. Allen has been there for Koshier, now an Early Childhood Development (ECD) major at Tri-County, through some dark days following the deaths of both of her parents.

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Tri-County Revamps, Renames Manufacturing Management Program

Tri-County Technical College’s Engineering and Industrial Technology Division has renamed and revamped its manufacturing management program to offer students the technical expertise and the leadership training/skills required of today’s industry team leaders.

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H.L. Hunley Topic of February 23 Presentation at Tri-County

Stéphanie A. Cretté, director of the Warren Lasch Conservation Center at Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, will visit Tri-County Technical College February 23 to discuss the H.L. Hunley, a submarine for the Confederate Army that was discovered in 1995 and currently under restoration in Charleston.

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Get Help with Financial Aid Application Process at February 21 Event

With April 1 as Tri-County Technical College’s deadline for applying for the best financial aid package for the fall 2015 semester, the College is hosting College Goal SC February 21 to help students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

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Tri-County Places Second Overall at 2015 SCSTA College Festival Event

– Tri-County Technical College placed second overall as a college and all five team members placed in at least one event in the 2015 South Carolina Speech and Theater Association’s College Festival. Tri-County’s team finished just two points behind Limestone College in this year’s competition held at Newberry College.

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One Hundred and Sixty-Five Students Named to Tri-County’s President’s List for Fall 2014

One hundred and sixty-five students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s President’s List for fall 2014.

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Three Hundred and Eighty-two Students Named to Tri-County’s Dean’s List for Fall 2014

Three hundred and eighty-two students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s Dean’s List for fall 2014.

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Forty-two Students Named to Tri-County’s Academic Distinction List for Fall 2014

Forty-two students have been named to Tri-County Technical College’s Academic Distinction List for fall 2014.

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Loretta Cappiello Gets Back to Work with AARP Grant

Loretta Cappiello had no idea it would be so tough getting back into the workforce full time when she began her job search in 2009.

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Veterans Can Connect to Resources at Tri-County’s Hearts for Heroes Event

Tri-County Technical College’s veterans’ resource center and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program are co-sponsoring a Valentine’s event for military families to connect them with College and veterans’ resources.Hearts for Heroes will be held Monday, February 9, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the College’s Café on the Pendleton Campus. It includes an information session and dinner for the families, as well as activities for the children. ECD students will assist children in making Valentine’s Day cards to send to service members overseas.

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Three Faculty/Staff Members Honored as Tri-County's Educators of the Year

Three faculty/staff members have been honored as Tri-County Technical College's Educators of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) meeting in February. Dr. A.P. (Hap) Wheeler, dean of the Arts and Sciences Division, is the College’s outstanding administrator; Jennifer Beattie Hulehan, head of the Comprehensive Studies Division, is the outstanding instructor; and, Elizabeth Cox, administrative specialist for the Arts and Sciences Division, is the outstanding staff nominee.

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Linda Jameison Named Tri-County’s Assistant Vice President for Student Support and Engagement

Linda Jameison joined Tri-County Technical College’s leadership team January 2 as assistant vice president for student support and engagement.

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Job Fair and Training Expo Set for January 9 Will Connect Participants with Potential Employers

SC Works and Tri-County Technical College's Corporate and Community Education Division (CCE) are reaching out to unemployed and underemployed individuals by hosting a Job Fair and Training Expo in January. The event will be held for residents of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties Friday, January 9, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Industrial and Business Development Center located on the Pendleton Campus. The goal is to connect participants with potential employers.

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Tri-County Chorus’ Fall Concert is November 21

Tri-County Technical College’s annual fall choir concert, set for November 21, will include the premier of an instrumental ensemble. The chorus, along with members of a new band class, will present their Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Veterinary Technology Adoption Day is November 20

Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Department will hold a Pet Adoption Day Thursday, November 20, from 2 - 6 p.m. at Halbert Hall on the Pendleton Campus.

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JTEKT President Ken Hopkins to Tri-County: “We Need What You’ve Got”

JTEKT North America Chief Operating Officer Ken Hopkins says he has driven by Tri-County Technical College several times in recent years, and it always looked impressive. But Thursday, Hopkins, who was the College’s keynote speaker for its annual report luncheon, had the time to tour the Pendleton Campus, as well as the Industrial Technology Center in Sandy Springs, where he observed students training to work in the fields of CNC, welding and mechatronics– just the kinds of employees the Walhalla plant and JTEKT’s other U.S. facilities need to produce automotive steering systems, drive line couplings, bearings and machine tools.

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Foundation Honors Bosch with Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Tri-County Technical College Foundation named Robert Bosch LLC in Anderson the 2014 recipient of its Philanthropist of the Year award.

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Tamassee-Salem High Grad Turns Calculations into Creations

Danielle Queen thinks it’s cool to see her mathematical calculations turn into creations.

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Koyo-Co-op Wesley O’Kelley Trains for Lifelong Career

Over the next few years, Koyo Bearings in Walhalla will be facing a dilemma common to many manufacturers – filling jobs vacated by senior employees who take with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

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Anderson Rotary Club Scholarship Supports Student Veteran

Sgt. E5 Rob Clinedinst intended to devote his life and career to serving and protecting his country and state.

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Veterans’ Job Fair Set for November 7 at Tri-County

Tri-County Technical College is reaching out to veterans who are looking for employment by sponsoring a job fair November 7. Around 25 companies will be on hand at the Veterans’ Job Fair set for 9 a.m. – noon in the Café on the College’s Pendleton Campus. Tri-County student veterans get priority admission from 9-10 a.m. The event will be open to the public at 10 a.m.

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Learning Beyond Campus Impacted Robin Kyle’s Life, Career Choice

Two years after graduating with an associate in Arts degree from Tri-County Technical College, Robin Kyle still keeps in contact with former English instructor Todd Crisp-Simons and never misses a chance to thank him for leading an annual Boston study tour that she says impacted and changed her life in positive ways.

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SCMC Credential Complements McGarry’s Industrial Electronics Degree

Lauren McGarry had no idea what an associate degree or SCMC certification could do for her in terms of earning potential when she entered the Industrial Electronics Technology (IET) program.

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Lindsey Montjoy: From LPN to Professor

Lindsey Montjoy is a self-described planner and a goal setter and it has paid off. At age 31, she has earned four college degrees – two from Tri-County Technical College and two from Clemson University. She has advanced from an LPN to a lecturer in the School of Nursing at Clemson University in just a decade.

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New Teaching Model Creates Smoother, Shorter Academic Journey

Math has never been Katie Hollen’s strong suit so she expected to struggle with the math section of the COMPASS placement test she took prior to enrolling at Tri-County Technical College. Scores revealed that she needed to increase her competencies in math and English by taking Comprehensive Studies classes during her freshman semester.

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Mentoring Program Plays Role in Student’s Success

Soffion (pronounced Chiffon) Robinson went through most of her adult life hiding the fact that she dropped out of high school at age 17. It wasn’t until she was nearly 40 when she confessed to her pastor and later to her three high-school-age-daughters that she never earned a high school diploma in her home state of New York. “I carried that secret for decades because I was so embarrassed that I didn’t finish high school.

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Tri-County Technical College Fills Three Leadership Positions

Tri-County Technical College filled three key leadership positions by hiring Grayson Kelly as executive director of the Foundation, Dan Cooper as director of economic development and government relations and promoting Galen DeHay to senior vice president.

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Tri-County to Host Town Hall Forum for Candidates October 15 at Tri-County

Tri-County Technical College will hold an informal town hall forum Wednesday, October 15, for students to meet candidates running for state and local offices. The "Pizza & Politics" forum will be held from 1:20 - 2:15 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on Tri-County’s Pendleton Campus.

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CMT Network Partners with Tri-County to Empower Education

Tri-County Technical College is one of 20 community colleges nationwide selected to participate as a partner in Country Music Television (CMT)’s Empowering Education campaign.

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Two Pickens County Residents Appointed to College’s Commission

Two Pickens County residents have been appointed to Tri-County Technical College’s Commission, the nine-member governing board of the College.Governor Nikki R. Haley appointed Dr. Valerie Ramsey, of Easley, and Tom Hendricks, of Liberty, to the Commission, effective April 2014. Their terms expire July 2017.

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Tri-County’s Foundation Board Welcomes Two New Members

Two Anderson County community leaders have been elected to serve on Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation Board of Directors.

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The Grainger Foundation Supports Tri-County Technical College, Welding Department

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, donated $5,000 to Tri-County Technical College in support of the expansion of the cutting lab in its Welding department.

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Tri-County’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program Receives Continued Eight-Year Accreditation

Tri-County Technical College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program received a continued eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its July meeting. This is the highest recommendation a program can receive from its accrediting body.

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Media Technology and Arts Named Advisory Committee of the Year

The work of Tri-County Technical College’s Media Technology and Arts Advisory Committee in helping to redesign the program’s curriculum as it moved in the direction of multimedia and content creation earned them the honor of advisory committee of the year.

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Pickens County Businesses and Industries Invited to August 27 Workforce Opportunity Summit

Pickens County businesses and industries are invited to a workforce opportunity summit August 27 to discuss the skills and competencies needed to compete in today and tomorrow’s workplace. They also will learn how work-based learning and apprenticeships can supply their workforce needs.

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Ann Hall Receives Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence

Ann Hall, accounting manager for the Business Affairs Division at Tri-County Technical College, was honored Thursday (August 14) with the highest award given for staff excellence at the College.

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