September 14, 2012...
The Trident Technical College Foundation’s Building Opportunity capital campaign is off to a strong start thanks to the generosity of Anita Zucker and the Zucker family. At a luncheon on the college’s Main Campus Sept. 13, the Zuckers were recognized for their campaign pledge of $1 million, which will be used to improve campus technology and expand scholarship opportunities for TTC students. The luncheon publicly kicked off the TTC Foundation’s capital campaign, which will provide $2 million to support critical technology infrastructure upgrades for the college, including a cloud-computing initiative, and $1.5 million in scholarship support for students. The Zuckers designated $900,000 of their pledge to go toward the technology initiative. The remaining $100,000 will be used to establish the Jerry Zucker Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The Zuckers have been generous and consistent donors to the TTC Foundation. The late Jerry Zucker served on TTC’s Electronics Engineering Technology Advisory Committee for many years. Anita Zucker is a former member and chair of the TTC Foundation Board of Trustees. She currently serves on TTC’s Area Commission, the college’s governing board, and is the chairperson of the Building Opportunity campaign. Anita Zucker is chairperson and CEO of The InterTech Group. The family also owns the Carolina Ice Palace, the South Carolina Stingrays, Tristan restaurant, and Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails, which will open in the next month on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
“Education, particularly the high-quality, highly accessible academic programs TTC offers, is vital to our collective future,” said Anita Zucker. “Without TTC and the skilled workforce it provides, companies like mine would not thrive. Without TTC, so many of our young students would not have the opportunity for a better life through education.” The number of students at TTC has more than doubled from almost 7,000 in the fall of 1990 to more than 17,000 in fall 2012. Growth has escalated during the recession with a four-year enrollment jump of more than 4,000, even as state financial support has declined dramatically. The state’s share of the college’s operating expenses fell to 13.9 percent in fiscal year 2011-12. “We must ensure that the college has the facilities, equipment, and human and financial resources necessary to fuel the region’s economic growth and to make relevant training accessible to everyone who seeks a better life and livelihood,” said TTC President Mary Thornley. “Never has what we do at Trident Technical College been more important, and never has the support that the college and our students receive been more critical. We are extremely grateful for the Zucker family’s leadership and generosity.”
The capital campaign has received significant support from local individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations. Including the Zucker donation, the campaign raised $2.6 million during its leadership phase, which began earlier this year. The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation, MWV and Wells Fargo have all pledged $100,000 to the campaign. Other major donations have come from BB&T, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, SCE&G, Santee Cooper, Maverick Southern Kitchens, and Samuel and Sunny Steinberg. More than $70,000 has been contributed to date from faculty, staff and administrators at the college. Based on early campaign success, the TTC Foundation expects to surpass its initial $3 million goal on the way to a $3.5 million celebration goal. The TTC Foundation operates independently of the college as a nonprofit corporation, helping to bridge the gap between needs and resources for TTC students and employees. To make a pledge or contribution to the Building Opportunity campaign visit http://www.tridenttech.edu/supporting_ttc.htm or contact Kim Sturgeon at 574-6195.
Pictured at the recognition luncheon held Thursday on TTC’s Main Campus are (from left) Jonathan and Laura Zucker, Anita Zucker and TTC President Mary Thornley.