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Employee Makes an Impact for Veteran Students

As a veteran of the US Air Force, former student, and 20-year employee, Donna McHugh understands the important role TTC plays for veterans in the region.

But recently, she learned that the only active TTC scholarship specifically for veterans is no longer being funded.

"Through my work in the Office of Institutional Research, I work very closely with the scholarship selection process. When I realized there was a need, I knew I had to do something," says Donna.

She established the Ken "Mac" McHugh Veteran Appreciation Scholarship, named for her father. One of over 130 scholarships managed by the TTC Foundation, the scholarship will provide up to $1,000 per year for tuition, books, supplies, and fees. The scholarship will assist veterans of the US Armed forces or the US Coast Guard enrolled in any Associate in Applied Science program who have a financial need.

The McHugh family has a tradition of military service dating back to the Civil War. Five McHughs are listed…
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Classroom Redemption

By Megan Mahoney, Nursing Student

I never imagined myself attending a community college.
From early on, I was a successful student. In high school, I took AP and honors classes and did everything necessary to get into a reputable 4-year college with a full-ride scholarship. I lived on campus, maintained a decent GPA, had a fulfilling social life and all was well.

However, over several years and through a handful of major changes, a semester-long illness, and a battle with depression, my GPA dwindled to near-failing and my self-confidence shattered. I picked up the pieces in the only way I knew how—dropped out of school and moved back in with my parents.

I started working in the bakery at our neighborhood Publix. The work was physically challenging and monotonous, which allowed my mind to wander as I packaged row after row of chocolate chip cookies and washed load after load of sheet trays. Alone in the dish room, I processed my fears about the future. Is this it? Would I always be he…

Share Your TTC Story

Trident Technical College changes lives. Did it change yours?

If so, we would love to hear from you! Sharing the stories of how TTC students and alumni have been affected by the college helps us advocate and raise much-needed funding for scholarships and other crucial programs that directly impact students.

Whether you graduated, took a class and/or transferred to a 4-year college, this is a great way to give back to the college that gave you so much. It can be a few sentences or an entire article, we will follow up and edit as needed. Here are some things we would like to know:
What brought you to TTC?What challenges did you face in getting your education?How has your experience at TTC shaped your life?What are you doing now? Please email us at with your story, and don't forget to include a photo!

Kudos and Accolades

Educator of the Year

The American Association of Medical Assistants awarded Medical Assisting Program Coordinator Deborah White the Golden Apple Award of Distinction at the association’s 63rd Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C., earlier this month.

This national award is presented to an educator from a medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs who has shown extraordinary dedication to educational activities and exceptional support of students on the national, state and local levels.

Deb was nominated by the South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants with letters of support from her dean, colleagues, peers and past graduates. Learn more about TTC's medical assistant program.

Southern Region ACCT Awards

The Association of Community College Trustees recently announced award winners for each of the association’s five regions, and two Trident Technical College employees were on the list. Ray Snyder, Instructor in Busi…

Alumna Living her Best Life

Earning a college degree is challenging enough. But for single parents, it can seem like an insurmountable feat. Costs like living expenses and childcare only add to the stress of paying tuition. Making time to study usually means waiting until after the kids are in bed, leading to added exhaustion and stress. 

When Joyce Antonetty attended Trident Technical College as a single parent of two young children, she knew it would be difficult. But she was determined to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Fitness Specialist. 
“I wanted to help people become a healthier version of themselves,” says Joyce.
Joyce had been down this road before. Like many Trident Tech students, she had attended a four-year college immediately after high school. But when she was waitlisted to enter the Physical Therapy program at MUSC, she postponed her dream in order to start a family. 
Joyce's life took an unexpected turn when she went through a divorce in 2010. She held several respectable but unfulfill…

South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center

As we ready for the Fall semester at Trident Technical College, we are celebrating the opening of the brand new South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center.

The new facility will increase capacity and provide training for well-paying jobs in expanding advanced manufacturing industries. Programs leading to associate degrees and continuing education certificates will be offered, as well as specialized training for major manufacturers in the region.

Training will be offered in the following areas:

Aircraft Maintenance and Assembly
Avionics Maintenance
Additive Manufacturing
CNC Machining
Enhanced Composites

Watch the video below and click here to learn more.

Everyone Was a Winner

What do you get when you combine sparkling beverages, posh prizes and endless rounds of Bingo?
Bubbles & Blingo of course!
On May 11, 2019, Trident Technical College Foundation and the Culinary Institute of Charleston hosted the inaugural Bubbles & Blingo fundraiser in support of Trident Technical College.
Guests were greeted with cotton candy-topped champagne as they made their way to a welcome reception featuring a photo booth equipped with hilarious props, resulting in some unforgettable photos. Some even arrived camera-ready with table themes like “Jolly Roger Pirates” and “Hot Tamales!”
As attendees entered the ballroom for the main event, they were treated to a mouthwatering brunch selection created and served by the faculty and students of CIC, including a chicken and waffle station, shrimp and grits cakes and Greek or Italian frittata omelets. Floral centerpieces adorned each table and were accompanied by a tower of delectable desserts.

TTC President, Dr. Mary Thornley, sha…