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QuickJobs Center Up and Running; Easley Campus Opens January 2011
CONTACT: DR. BRIAN SWORDS, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(By Lisa Garrett)
EASLEY --- Tri-County Technical College's new Easley Campus is nearing completion and officials expect to have general operations up and running, including student enrollment services, by November 9. The official opening date for the campus, located on Powdersville Road, is January 2011.
The Easley Campus gives the College a presence in each of the three counties and will better serve the citizens of Pickens County by offering credit and continuing education courses to residents.
"We continue to make progress in planning for the opening of the Easley Campus. Beginning November 9, we will have our employees settled into the Academic Building ready to help prospective Spring Semester students to begin the enrollment process right there in Easley," said Dr. Brian Swords, acting director of the Easley Campus.
Also on November 9 there will be a special Easley Campus Enrollment Event/Open House for prospective students. Faculty and staff will share information about all of the Easley Campus programs and services and provide opportunities for students to apply for admission, learn about financial aid, take the placement test, talk with an academic advisor and more.
In May 2009 legislators, county council members, and local business leaders joined College officials in breaking ground on a 37.51-acre piece of property on Powdersville Road that is the site of the College's third community campus. Construction began that summer on the first two buildings -- a QuickJobs Training Center and the Academic Building.
The QuickJobs Development Center, which opened September 20 with a class for United Tool and Mold, is designed to assist in workforce training and skills development for the College and for Pickens County. The QuickJobs Development Center is funded through a $986,364 grant from the State Department of Commerce to Pickens County. Instructors from the CCE Division will teach training courses specifically based on locally identified needs and shortages.
The Academic Building is a 40,000-square-foot facility funded through State capital reserves of nearly $6 million. The College is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, a recognition that a construction project or building can attain by using environmentally friendly building practices, such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality, during construction or remodeling. The building is designed to use 25 percent less energy than required by code.
Spring 2011 course offerings include University Transfer, Industrial Electronics, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Medical Office Specialist, in addition to the Early Childhood Development and Entrepreneurship /Small Business certificate programs. In addition, Business Foundations and University Studies Transfer certificates will be available in fall 2011. The Licensed Practical Nursing program will move from the Pendleton Campus to the Easley Campus in fall 2011.
Non-credit classes (personal interest and professional development) are offered through the Corporate and Community Education (CCE) Division. These professional and personal interest classes include Certified Nurse Aide, transportation (truck driving CDL) office skills, and leadership training.
Easley Campus Credit Programs (Program start date in parenthesis)
Arts and Sciences
- Associate in Arts (Spring 2011)
- Associate in Science (Spring 2011)
- General Studies Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Professional Communications Certificate (Summer 2011)
- University Studies Certificate (Fall 2011)
Business and Public Services
- Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice (Spring 2011)
- Law Enforcement and Corrections Services Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Early Childhood Development Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Infant/Toddler Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Business Foundations Certificate (Fall 2011)
- Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Certificate (Fall 2011)
- Medical Office Specialist Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Practical Nursing Diploma (Fall 2011)
- Nursing Preparation Certificate (Fall 2011)
- Pre-nursing Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Health Sciences Certificate (Spring 2011)
- Allied Health Preparation Certificate (Spring 2011)
Industrial and Engineering Technology
- Associate in Applied Science - Industrial Electronics Technology (Fall 2011)
For more information, contact Dr. Brian Swords at firstname.lastname@example.org