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Powell Invites Tri-County Alumni to Reconnect with Alma Mater

PENDLETON --- The Student Success Center, set to open in January, is the first new building on Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton Campus in two decades.

College Commission Chair John Powell, who is owner of Powell Real Estate and a graduate of Tri-County, says many alumni haven’t been back on campus in decades and the January 12 ribbon cutting/dedication ceremony for the new Student Success Center is the perfect opportunity to visit and tour the new facility.

  The three-story, 75,000-square-foot building is designed intentionally to be open and accessible and dedicated to student support, engagement and learning.  The $42-million project includes a Learning Commons, flexible meeting spaces, computer labs, group study areas, tutoring spaces, the College Café, Campus Store, Printing Services, IT, Service Desk and Student Development.

   “We want alumni to feel a part of the College and joining us at this ceremony is one way to reconnect with their alma mater,” said Powell, who graduated from Tri-County in 1972 with a degree in Business Technology/Marketing and a strong desire to spread the word about a college which gave him career direction.  

“Now is a good time to come back. The success of our graduates is the reason Tri-County is successful today,” said Powel, who, as a realtor in Oconee County, says he often runs into folks he went to college with in the 1970’s as well as others, who say they haven’t been back on campus since they graduated.  “Now is a great time.  I’d love for them to see this unbelievable new facility dedicated to students and their success.”

Alumni who are interested in attending the January 12 Student Success Center ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony should contact Rebecca Eidson at reidson@tctc.edu.