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New Laptop is a Game-Changer

When life throws you one challenge after another, you start to appreciate the small wins. 
For Trident Tech student Kristi Salvo, receiving a new laptop through the Student Urgent Needs (SUN) fund was a game-changer. 
Like students across the country, Salvo’s in-person classes were abruptly switched to an online format this spring due to COVID-19. But she knew her older computer couldn’t keep up with the online demands and she couldn't afford to buy a new one.

“I was already dealing with a lot and it felt like this was going to be the thing that would break me,” she said.

Salvo, a veteran of the US Air Force, struggles with health issues, including a back injury and a severe autoimmune disorder. In March, she and her husband separated, leaving her to juggle the responsibility of being a student, while also being a teacher to their two young children. All this, while trying to stay healthy and safe during a global pandemic.

After Salvo and her children moved into a smaller, more affor…
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TTC Foundation Receives Awards to Aid Students

In addition to generous gifts from many individual donors, the Trident Technical College Foundation recently received awards from the following organizations to support TTC students:
Bank of America awarded $30,000 to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Student Urgent Needs fund. Through this fund, the college provides one-time financial support to students who, as a result of unforeseen and urgent financial circumstances, are at risk of withdrawing from classes.
The Coastal Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund provided $8,000 to
purchase laptops for students who need them to complete their coursework online. 
The Exchange Club of Charleston awarded $2,000 for the Student Mission to Increase Lifelong Excellent Oral Health (SMILE Oral Health) program. The funding will support Dental Hygiene students’ outreach and education programs for Title I elementary school children, enabling them to purchase dental models for instruction and to provide oral hygiene ite…

Alumnus Reconnects 50 Years Later

Robert Anderson hadn’t yet graduated from Trident Technical College when he was offered an IT job with the local bank in his Pennsylvania hometown. The year was 1966, and the job was a systems analyst on an IBM mainframe computer located at another company.
The other company was 23 miles away.

“In those days, a computer was a major investment, and it was common for businesses to share computing time,” said Anderson. 
If something went wrong with the program - which could happen at any time, in any weather -  he would drive to the computer center, debug the program and stay to make sure the bank application finished and the bank's customer accounts were up to date the following morning. 

“Roads could be very slippery; there was this one hill that my car would sometimes slide back down,” he laughed.

Anderson wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he graduated from high school, so he decided to join the Air Force. He was stationed around the country and in England, from where he toured …

An Educator's Legacy

It's been more than a year since Dan Bellack, a beloved and respected member of the Trident Technical College family, passed away.

But his legacy as an educator will live on, thanks to the newly formed Daniel R. Bellack Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

Everyone who knew Bellack will tell you about his genuine concern for his students’ success and well-being. He was skillful at engaging students and was a role model for other instructors, teaching in the classroom and online. He taught psychology and served as the department head and coordinator of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department for more than 20 years.

Margaret Hane Murphy was a student of his in 1991 and has never forgotten the impact Bellack had on her. "He was my favorite professor in all my years of college, and his class my most meaningful. I am grateful for my time in his classroom, and honored to have called him professor and friend."

Bellack's youngest son, Braden Bellack, recalls one of his earli…

Trident Tech: An Open Door Institution Demonstrating Equality and Respect

Trident Technical College stands in support of the African American members of the community we serve. We reject all forms of discrimination. We affirm the guiding principles of our mission: equality, advocacy, individual worth, and mutual respect.

We seek to model the change we want to see in the world. We work to prepare our students to see from various angles.

We strive to demonstrate to them, and to each other, that we are able to see perspectives different from our own, and, in so doing, become more empathetic and responsive.

We work to ensure that all of our campus community’s voices are heard, that all know we value them as individuals, and that we respect each other not just for our strengths but also for our struggles.

Trident Technical College commits to mutually respectful, humanizing dialogue as we work to change our campuses and our community.

Answering the Call

Trident Tech Nursing alum Jennifer Kelly arrived in New York City in April - ready, willing and determined to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

But she quickly realized that no amount of education or experience (including her eight years as a nurse) could have fully prepared her for what she was about to face.

“It was surreal at first. I landed at JFK, one of the biggest airports in the country, and it was practically empty. My biggest worry was driving in the city, but there were very few people on the road,” she said.

Kelly’s decision to go to New York for the four-week assignment was not taken lightly. She was eager to help on the front lines of the pandemic and her husband and three children were very supportive of her going. But she was hesitant to leave her colleagues.

She works at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and had been a supervisor at the drive-thru testing site from day one. She was reluctant to leave the team she had grown very close to as they faced suc…

Nursing Alum is First Graduate

Trident Tech alum Robin Workman may not be on the front lines, but she is doing her very best to support those who are.

As the Heart and Vascular Surgery Coordinator at Trident Medical Center, Workman's patient volume is down. So in between checking on her patients, she is also checking in on her colleagues: lending a listening ear, letting them know how valuable they are and checking in on their personal situations and needs.

"They are on the front lines, showing up day after day for whatever task is necessary and needed," she says. "They are my heroes."

Workman could be considered a hero herself. She was a part of the very first class of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Trident Technical College in 1983, and the pressure was on to do well.

“It started as a partnership with the University of South Carolina, and if we didn’t pass there was a chance the program at Trident Tech would not receive accreditation,” she says. "No accreditation me…