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Doggies, Desserts and Dedication


Recently, the faculty and staff of Trident Technical College united in an extraordinary display of support for students during the TTC Foundation’s 2023-2024 Campus Campaign.

Together, they raised an impressive $60,000, with 66% of employees participating, demonstrating their dedication to student success.

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Making Smiley Connections


One of the first things you notice about Trident Technical College graduate Denetra Smiley is her infectious smile and joyful disposition.

What is not always evident in Smiley’s positive demeanor is the pain in her heart from the loss of her 28-year-old son, who succumbed to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, five years ago.

It took her a year to be able to talk about it and now she is helping other families who are dealing with similar grief.

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Go Anywhere From Here


Last summer, North Charleston native Dennis Smith became the first student to graduate from the new Marine Engineering Technology associate degree program at Trident Technical College.

Leading to a career as a U.S. Merchant Marine with the Seafarers International Union (SIU), this exciting new program includes a year-long apprenticeship at The Sea Farers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, Maryland, along with cooperative work experience at sea.

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Che Buono!


Culinary Institute of Charleston (CIC) student Sharon Ramirez had already been to Italy several times when she traveled there last month for a unique study abroad opportunity.

She said it was a completely different experience, one that she would never have gotten otherwise.

Twenty students and three faculty members completed a three-week, four-region culinary tour of Italy, learning about its food, wine, culture and history.  

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A Force for Good

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When TTC Foundation Board Chair Tammy Coghill was three, her father’s job at the National Security Agency took the family to England to live for three years. She said it was like living in a storybook.

These days, her life is a bit more fast-paced, but she wouldn't have it any other way. 

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Foundation Welcomes New Trustees


Trident Technical College Foundation is pleased to announce the election of three new board members: Pat Fosberry of John S. James Co., Ron Jones of Smith Debnam Law, and Spencer Pryor of Charleston County Aviation Authority. Each trustee will serve a three-year term from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026.

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Celebrating Youth Apprenticeships at the 10th Signing Day


The Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships (CRYA) program hosted the 10th annual Signing Day on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at The College Center on Trident Technical College’s Thornley Campus in North Charleston.

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Serving Up Student Support


After 33 years of service to Trident Technical College, Dr. Timothy Brown is retiring. He is also leaving a legacy for students through a culinary equipment fund honoring his mother, who worked as the first cafeteria manager at the once segregated Mayo High School in Darlington, SC.

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Spring Spin-Off Worth the Drive


The 29th Trident Technical College Spring Spin-Off Car Show was held on Saturday, April 29, on a sunny day perfect for people to show off their vehicles.

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Perseverance Pays Off


“You’re a nice guy, but I don’t think you have what it takes to be an attorney.”

Those were the words Trident Technical College alumnus Duncan Harle heard when he was applying to law schools, something that would cause many people to give up all hope. But it only made him more determined to reach his goal.

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Alumnus Addresses Paramedic Shortage


Michael Shirey was appointed Chief of Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services last Fall and has already made an impact on workforce development.

“I want to create a wider career path,” he said. “We are losing people to other medical professions. I’d like to create more opportunities for individuals to find success in EMS, like I did.”

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Celebrating Scholarships


The transformative power of education and community support were on full display at the TTC Foundation 2023 Scholarship Luncheon, honoring the  2022-23 scholarship recipients and celebrating the generosity of our donors.  

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A Life of Service


 Joe Daning has dedicated his life to public service, starting with his career in the Air Force in 1960 and ending with 14 years as a member of the S.C. House of Representative. Now that he is retired, he and his family have started an endowed scholarship that will impact TTC students for generations. 

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TTC Students Win Hackathon


A team of Trident Tech students won the inaugural  Hack@SCHack ‘22  cyber hacking competition held Nov. 5 at Denmark Technical College.

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Alumnus Appointed Dean of CIC


Nathan Rex graduated from Trident Tech in 2004. Now he is the Dean of the Culinary Institute of Charleston and one of four alumni deans.

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