May 10, 2016 - Outstanding students honored at Awards Day
Trident Technical College students and faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievement and involvement in student organizations at TTC’s Awards Day ceremony held at the college’s Main Campus on May 5.
The President’s Award/Kurtzman Prize, the highest honor which includes a monetary gift given to a graduating student on the basis of academic achievement, contributions to the college and community service, was awarded this year to two students, Linda Ash and Emily Jax.
CEO Rick Hammond was on hand to present the S.C. State Credit Union Award, which also includes a monetary gift, to Victor Moscoso, as a returning student who demonstrates a commitment to service, exhibits perseverance toward completing higher educational goals, displays commendable personal attributes, and serves as an exemplary role model to other students.
The Klein Tools Award, which honors the outstanding electrician graduate from the Electrical and Automated Technologies program with a set of tools valued at more than $1,000, was presented by Klein Tools Inc. District Manager David Inman to TTC student Billy Wall of Walterboro.
The Dr. Frankie Miller Leadership Award, in honor of the former dean of the Culinary Institute of Charleston (CIC), Frankie Miller, was awarded to Abigail Hamrick. Hamrick was recognized with a $500 scholarship check from the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and an award from the CIC.
Also among the award recipients was Cameron Bolus who received a Graphic Design award for designing a greeting card that will be used by the President’s Office.
The Merit Award winners were also recognized by TTC President Dr. Mary Thornley for their academic and personal excellence, identifying each recipient as the top student in his or her program of study. The Merit Award winners are: Accounting-Reyna Mamani, Administrative Office Technology-Betty Baldwin, Associate in Arts-Kelsey Budd, Associate in Arts-Laura Prioleau, Associate in Science-Laura Downing, Associate in Science-Cameron West, Commercial Graphics/Animation-Angela Smythe, Commercial Graphics/Digital-Genevieve Eckman, Commercial Graphics/Graphic Design-Danielle Jenning, Commercial Graphics/Photography-Lauren Walker, Computer Technology/Information Systems Specialist-Katelyn Watford, Criminal Justice-Adrianna Choluj, Culinary Arts Technology-Ladonna Bruce, Culinary Arts Technology/Baking and Pastry-Rayma Shumpert, Culinary Arts/Sports and Health Nutrition-Judith Gorsky, Dental Hygiene-Tara Hirsch, Early Child Care and Education/Special Education-Tina Yonce, General Technology/Medical Assisting-Kristina Phillips, Homeland Security Management-Randolph Allen, Hospitality and Tourism Management-Cynthia Zukowski, Human Services Generalist-Laurie Steinke, Management/Fire Service-Nathan Adams, Management/Human Resources-Elizabeth Daughtry, Management/Leadership Development-Trent Needler, Media Arts Production/Film Production-Andrew Metcalf, Media Arts Production/Post Production-Eric Johnson, Medical Laboratory Technology-Ashley Newton, Network Systems Management-Benjamin Lebeau, Nursing/ADN-Emily Jax, Paralegal-Tracie Hopkins, and Radiologic Technology-Alice Palumbo.
There are approximately 40 student organizations at TTC in which students have the opportunities to network with other students who have similar interests, gain additional practice in their fields of study, interact with future colleagues, and offer time and energy to community service. Three organizations were recognized with Outstanding Student Organization awards. Winning the top honor was the Society of Broadcasters, followed by Champions for Change as first runner-up and the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association as second runner-up.
Awards of Distinction, given to student organizations that have won the Outstanding Student Organization award for more than three years, were presented to Phi Theta Kappa and the Hospitality and Culinary Student Association.
Outstanding Advisors and Outstanding Members of Student Organizations were also recognized. Phi Theta Kappa advisor Daryl Milligan won the top honor for Outstanding Student Advisor. First runner-up was given to Champions for Change advisor Geneva Fleming and second runner-up was given to Jane Benton for the Radiologic Technology Association.
Additionally, several students were recognized as Outstanding Members of a Student Organization, while 15 students were recognized for their selection to the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
May 10, 2016 - Trident Technical College honors employees for years of service
Trident Technical College recently honored 126 employees for a combined 1,665 years of service at the college. Employees were honored for five-45 years of employment with a breakfast and small token of appreciation, while those who had been at TTC for 30, 35 and 45 years had the opportunity to give special remarks. Four employees were recognized for 35 years of service, while Trident Tech’s longest-serving employee, Itaski Jenkins, was recognized for 45 years of employment at TTC.
April 18, 2016 - Trident Technical College employee wins statewide award for innovation
Summerville resident Laurie Boeding, dean of business technology at Trident Technical College, is the 2016 recipient of the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award, which is given each year by the S.C. Technical College System Foundation.
The A. Wade Martin Award recognizes individuals in the technical college system who employ innovative approaches to meet the ever-changing needs in the technical education arena and whose achievements impact most positively in the system’s statewide efforts in economic development and the education of technical college students. A. Wade Martin was the executive director of South Carolina’s first technical and industrial training program.
Boeding won the award for her efforts to put TTC on the forefront of cybersecurity education. She revamped the Network Systems Management program with cybersecurity and cyberforensics components, pursued grants to fund cyberforensics competitions and STEM workshops, recruited new members to the academic advisory board, built partnerships with local school districts and government agencies, and brought instructional equipment and software used by students up to industry standards. She has also reached out to promote the career field to girls, since women are a minority in the information technology field.
“Laurie has been a champion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the Charleston area for many years. Her passion to see students succeed in this area is evident in her commitment to support programs in the Charleston tri-county area,” said Shanda Johnson, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic STEM outreach director. “Laurie has been involved in nearly all community initiatives supporting STEM education, especially when focused on underserved and underrepresented groups.”
Boeding’s multi-layered approach has resulted in an advanced cybersecurity curriculum that other colleges are using as a model. Trident Tech’s well-equipped labs are now the pinnacle to aspire to, with high schools and other colleges looking at TTC’s labs when designing their own. Four-year colleges and universities are reaching out to the college to discuss transfer program options and Boeding and her faculty members have been invited to collaborate nationally on cybersecurity curriculum. Her efforts have not only resulted in making Trident Tech a leader in cybersecurity education, but have strengthened and promoted STEM and cyberforensics locally and across the state.
“Laurie has been a vital link between the college and our service area and has developed innovative approaches to keeping that link strong and effective,” said Connie Jolly, assistant vice president for academic affairs. “She is a tireless advocate for her students, the community and the college. Cyberforensics is a new emerging career field and Trident Technical College is on the education forefront as a result of Laurie’s work.”
The Executive Committee of S.C. Technical College System Foundation selects the award recipient from nominations submitted by colleges in the state technical college system. The award recipient receives a framed award and a check for $500.
Photo Caption: Trident Technical College Dean of Business Technology Laurie Boeding receives the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award from S.C. Technical College System President James Williamson.
April 7, 2016 - Kids' College and Teen University summer camps registration is open
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is accepting registrations for the 2016 Kids’ College (Ages 7-11) and Teen University (Ages 12-17) summer camps. The innovative series at Trident Technical College inspires, educates and engages students, by featuring fun and educational offerings in subject areas including college prep, computer technology, leadership skills, young professionals, creative arts, culinary, baking and pastry as well as math and science. Each camp runs for a five-day period, meeting three-and-a-half hours each day (8:30 a.m.-noon or 1-4:30 p.m.) and costs from $99 to $199 per camp. Camps are offered in five locations around the Lowcountry from June 13 to Aug. 5, 2016. Almost 1,300 students participated in the 2015 programs.
For more information, click here.
March 23, 2016 - Administrative Professionals Day Conference to be held April 20
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 22nd Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference, “Cultivating Change by Fostering Connectivity.” The 2016 conference is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The College Center on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College in North Charleston. Registration fees range from $109-$149 per person.
This one-day event features guest speakers from the community and faculty from Trident Technical College in addition to a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. Antonio Robinson serves as conference emcee. Rodney Barrentine delivers the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A breakfast buffet is also provided.
For more information, click here.
March 22, 2016 -New Kids’ College and Teen University spring break camps start March 28 for ages 7-17
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is launching a new series of camps to keep youth ages 7-17 engaged during spring break. Expanding upon its popular Kids’ College (Ages 7-12) and Teen University (Ages 12-17) summer camps series, the spring break camps are scheduled from March 28-April 1 in college prep, math and science, computer technology and leadership skills. Most camps run for a five-day period, meeting three-and-a-half hours each day (8:30 a.m.-noon or 1-4:30 p.m.) and cost from $119 to $199 per camp. Camps meet at Trident Technical College’s Main Campus in North Charleston.
March 5, 2016 - 30th Annual Quest Academic Competition
Students from 42 public schools throughout the tri-county area battled for top honors at the 30th Annual Quest Academic Competition held today at Trident Technical College.
Students participated in four levels of competition: Level I-grade 6, Level II-grades 7-8, Level III-grades 9-10 and Level IV-grades 11-12. Students competed and earned points in team competitions in math, science and social studies, and in individual competitions in composition, public speaking and visual arts. Schools whose students earned the most total points won overall awards at each level. Special competitions that did not contribute points toward the overall awards were held in automotive, computer aided design, computer programming, culinary, engineering design and construction, French, horticulture, Spanish, video/film and welding.
Overall awards were given to 12 schools. At Level I (grade 6) Gregg Middle School won first place, Buist Academy for Advanced Studies placed second and Rollings Middle School of the Arts finished in third place. At Level II (grades 7-8) Charleston County School of the Arts took top honors, Rollings Middle School of the Arts placed second and College Park Middle School earned third. At Level III (grades 9-10) Academic Magnet High School won first place, Ashley Ridge High School placed second and Cane Bay High School placed third. At Level IV (grades 11-12) Academic Magnet won first place, James Island Charter High School placed second and Fort Dorchester took third place.
Approximately 1,200 students participated in this year’s Quest. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students, and recognize top students, teachers and schools.
For a list of winners and photos, click here.
Feb. 5, 2016 - Trident Technical College to hold free big band concert
Start your Valentine’s Day celebration at Trident Technical College on Friday, Feb. 12, as Charleston’s Premier Big Band featuring Nancy Clayton plays the standards of the Swing era.
The music of George Gershwin, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and others will fill the College Center in the Complex for Economic Development (Bldg. 920) on Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The concert, sponsored by the college’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and Student Activities, is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of free tickets are available at the college’s Student Activities office in Bldg. 410/Rm. 130, on Main Campus. For more information, call 843.574.6012.
Jan. 19, 2016 - Trident Technical College launches new Workforce Pathways Scholarship program
Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is offering a new Workforce Pathways Scholarship that will provide up to $2,000 per student per term for short-term training in select STEM-related career fields.
The Workforce Pathways Scholarship was funded by the S.C. General Assembly through the S.C. Technical College System. With $850,000 in funds available for Trident Tech students, the program has the potential to benefit hundreds of local residents who need workforce training to get a job or advance on the job.
The scholarship will cover the cost of course fees and textbooks for qualified TTC continuing education courses in the areas of health care, manufacturing, information technology, and transportation and logistics. A complete list of eligible courses can be found under Funding Opportunities on TTC’s Continuing Education website at www.tridenttech.edu/ce. Training available through the scholarship program will prepare students for career fields including medical coding, emergency medical technology, medical assisting, phlebotomy, web design, networking, welding, and advanced manufacturing.
Click here for more information.
Oct. 26, 2015 - Trident Technical College hosting Veterans Day Celebration
In honor of contributions made by the United States military personnel and veterans, Trident Technical College is holding a Veterans Day Celebration program on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m., on TTC’s Main Campus in the College Center (Bldg. 920), 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston.
The featured speaker is Colonel Jimmy “Vegas” Canlas, Vice Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston. A reception will follow the program.
From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., attendees can visit the American military exhibit, featuring military uniforms throughout the years. The exhibit is provided by the American Military Museum, located in Citadel Mall.
The event is free and open to the public, but anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP by calling 843.574.6421. For more information about the event, please call 843.574.6347.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Classes resume
All Trident Technical College campuses and sites will be open and operate on a normal schedule Tuesday, Oct. 6. The make-up day for Friday, Oct. 2 classes is Tuesday, Oct. 13. The make-up day for Monday, Oct. 5 classes is Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Sept. 4, 2015 - Trident Technical College offers new Charleston Artisans Series
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce a new series of workshops, The Charleston Artisans Series, to be offered from Sept. 15-Dec. 2, 2015 featuring local musicians, writers, poets, storytellers and artisans. Each workshop costs $19-$29 to participate and take place at Trident Technical College’s Main Campus in North Charleston and Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston.
“The Charleston Artisans Series is our way of showcasing local talent and providing them a venue to share their story and the inspiration behind their work to the Charleston community. We provide a copy of the artist’s work and want people who enroll in the presentations to feel a sense of community as we offer free coffee and tea to provide a casual and collaborative atmosphere to the presentation,” said Dr. Daphne Holland, youth and personal enrichment program manager for the Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development.
Fall 2015 workshops include:
- Artisan Handmade Soaps
- Storyteller Music Series – The Summer of You and Me
- Storyteller Novel Series – Raptures: Tales of Darkness & Light
- Storyteller Poetry Series – Poetically Thinking
- Storyteller Poetry Series – Poetry Slam
- Storyteller Poetry Series – Waking Up in a Beautiful Room
- Slave Dwelling Project
Click here for more information.
July 6, 2015 - Trident Technical College to offer free Church Security seminar
Trident Technical College will offer a free church security seminar for leaders of all faiths and religious organizations, congregants and the general public on Thursday, July 23, from 6-9 p.m.
Trident Tech began offering a two-night, six-hour church security course in fall 2014 through its Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development. The free three-hour seminar will cover much of the same material as the course, but be more focused on physical threats to churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, rather than general security measures.
“We wanted to offer this free seminar as a gift to the community,” said TTC President Mary Thornley. “Since the tragedy at Emanuel AME, worshippers have been discussing security issues and thinking about security plans. We hope this seminar will give the community a place to talk about their concerns and learn practical steps to make their houses of worship safer places.”
The seminar will be led by Lt. Frank Jackson, homeland security officer with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson, an ordained minister, has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience and has taught TTC’s church security course since its inception. He has also served as chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police Berkeley Chapter and the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association.
The two-hour presentation portion of the seminar will cover topics including staff training, policy and procedure development, security assessments, surveillance techniques, recognizing different kinds of threats, and security team development. There will be an hour of Q&A and discussion after the presentation.
The seminar will be held in the College Center in Building 920 on Trident Tech’s Main Campus in North Charleston. The workshop is free, but attendees must pre-register by calling 574-6152.
June 30, 2015 - Power outage on Main Campus
Due to a power outage on Main Campus on Tues., June 30, the following buildings will be closed until repairs are made: Bldgs. 100, 200, 300, 400, 410 (Student Center), 420, 430, 500, 510, 700, 800.
June 22, 2015 - Event helps prospective students “Get Help, Get Going” to college
For those planning to start college this fall, the start of classes is quickly approaching. To help prospective students apply for college admission and for financial aid and to guide them through other important steps, Trident Technical College will hold a “Get Help, Get Going” event on July 9, from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at TTC’s Main Campus (7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, Building 410).
Attendees who have not yet started these processes will receive guidance. Those attendees who have begun will be directed to their next steps.
Prospective students should complete their share of admission, financial aid and disability accommodation request processes before Aug. 3 so they have the greatest opportunity to have all processes finalized before classes begin.
For more information and for a complete list of what to bring, visit http://bit.ly/ttcgethelp or call 843.574.6111.
June 15, 2015 -Trident Technical College offers Paralegal Program Information Session
Trident Technical College will hold a Paralegal Program Information Session June 25 at 6 p.m. in Bldg. 200 / Room 143 on the College’s Main Campus in North Charleston. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend and learn more about the program including affordable tuition and lottery assistance, internships and job placement assistance.
Licensed SC attorneys serve as faculty members. There are daytime, evening and online courses taught in full-time and part-time formats to provide flexibility for students. “Our program has led the way in the Lowcountry, and we continue to provide students with the best preparation possible for a career in the paralegal field,” noted Jan Utsey, associate dean for Law Related Studies.
The program is approved by the ABA (American Bar Association) and designed to meet the needs of first-time college students, college graduates who are changing careers, as well as people employed in the legal field who want preliminary training before entering law school.
RSVPs are not necessary, but participants can call 843.574.6890 with questions regarding the session, and click here for general information about the paralegal program including course details and answers to frequently asked questions.
June 10, 2015 - Career education event recognizes youth apprentices and scholarship recipients
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Trident Technical College, local educators and area business partners came together to celebrate career education at a breakfast event on Tuesday, June 9, at TTC’s College Center on Main Campus in North Charleston.
The event – Accelerating Career Education – spotlighted outcomes in career education including the exponential growth of Career Academies in local high schools, the presentation of this year’s Accelerate Greater Charleston Scholarships and the Youth Apprenticeship program at TTC.
Over 50 students from local public and private schools were recognized for continued achievement as they pursue their career education. A total of 15 high school Career Academy graduates received scholarships to attend Trident Technical College to pursue a two-year associate degree; while 40 students were recognized as new hires in the 2015-16 class of youth apprentices. The scholarships and all tuition and costs associated with the Youth Apprenticeship program are paid for by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Also highlighting the morning event was a check presentation by SunTrust Foundation to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $25,000, specifically donated for funding of the Youth Apprenticeship program.
TTC President Dr. Mary Thornley unveiled the formation of Workforce Academies at Trident Technical College. These academies, with curriculum designed at the request of area employers, will provide specialized postsecondary training programs for Lowcountry youth apprentices and offer opportunities for high school students who are not participating in the apprenticeship programs to get a head start by enrolling in postsecondary courses prior to graduating from high school.
Following the program, there was an official signing of the 2015-16 youth apprentices with their respective employers, as well as media interviews and photo opportunities for scholarship and apprentice honorees.
April 28, 2015 - New series of workshops on the black history of South Carolina
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is offering a new series of workshops May 13-June 17, 2015 focusing on the Black History of South Carolina. Topics covered span the American Revolution time period through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era into present day. All classes meet on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and cost $25 per student. Students who enroll by May 7 in all courses in the Black History of South Carolina series will receive their last class free. To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.
Dr. Daphne Holland, youth and personal enrichment program manager for the Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development, explains the community need that is being met by adding the Black History of South Carolina series to TTC’s 2015 summer course schedule: "Charleston has a rich history in African-American culture that is too often unrepresented and untold. I believe this series of classes will not only be full of extraordinary local and historical information but will be entertaining as well."
Damon Fordham, instructor of the workshop, went on to say: "I designed this course to get people to understand that there is so much more to history than what they're often taught or told. If they speak to their older friends and relatives, they may find amazing stories that have been missed by the history books."
Black History of South Carolina Summer 2015 workshops include:
- The African Background
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade
- The Gullah Culture, Civil War and Freedom
- From Reconstruction to Segregation
- The Fight for Civil Rights in South Carolina
- Integration to the Present
For more information, click here.
February 23, 2015 - Administrative Professionals Day Conference April 14
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 21st Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference. The 2015 conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The College Center on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College in North Charleston. Registration fees range from $109-$149 per person.
This one-day event features guest speakers from the community and faculty from Trident Technical College in addition to a fashion show courtesy of Sissy’s Closet and a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis will deliver the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A continental breakfast is also provided.
Guest speakers on the conference agenda include:
- Stacy Bruder, Interactive Sales Director, Digital Advertising, The Post and Courier; “Work/Life Balance: Work, Family, Community Service, Fundraising.”
- Dr. Willette Burnham, Executive Director of Student Programs and Student Diversity, MUSC; “Are We Really Ready?”
- Chef Michael Carmel, Department Head of the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Trident Technical College; “Health Benefits of Ancient Grains.”
- Lisa Fought, Director of Programming, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development; “Exercise in the Workplace and Breathing Techniques to De-stress your Life!”
- Dr. Daphne Holland, Personal Enrichment and Youth Development Program Manager, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development; “Sharpen the Skills in your Business Writing Toolbox.”
- Karen Wrighten, Dean, Trident Technical College Berkeley Campus, "Dream It, Be It."
Who should attend this conference? Those encouraged to register include administrative assistants, receptionists, paralegals, office managers, executive assistants and all support staff. Individuals who are currently in these positions or those interested in branching into this area would find this year's conference very beneficial for their professional development as well as provide them with opportunities to network with their peers.
Early registrations are being accepted now through March 15 at a reduced per person rate of $119. Regular registration is $149 per person and will be available from March 16 to April 14. A discounted rate of $119 per person is available to IAAP members. A special group rate of $109 per person is available for groups including five or more registrations (group registrations are available by phone only). To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce. Registrations can be made in person at the Complex for Economic Development located in Bldg. 910 on the Main Campus in North Charleston.