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Workforce Scholarships for the Future

TTC President Mary Thornley joined other technical college presidents this month at a press conference where the governor announced a new technical college scholarship program for South Carolina residents. Designed to address the state's labor shortage,  Workforce Scholarships for the Future will cover the cost of tuition and required fees for recent high school graduates and adults who enroll for Spring Semester 2022, the pilot phase of the initiative.  The governor hopes to secure additional funding in the next legislative session that will allow the scholarship program to continue next fall. Students in most credit programs (except AA and AS programs) will be eligible for a scholarship, as well as students who enroll in noncredit programs in high-demand fields that lead to an industry certificate and/or credential. The program goals are to reduce the cost of higher education in the Palmetto State, lower student loan debt for South Carolinians, produce a highly-skilled workforce
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Drone Collaboration Project Kicks Off

Students from Trident Tech, Clemson University, Brigham Young University, Purdue University, Tuskegee University, Qatar Aeronautical Academy and the University of Patras came together on Thornley Campus Oct. 12-13 to kick off a two-semester capstone project to design, manufacture and fly an unmanned aerial vehicle. The U.S.-based university students will collaborate to design a UAV, addressing technical areas of aerodynamics, materials, propulsion, manufacturing, structures, sensors and controls. The university project lead, Clemson, will coordinate closely with Trident Tech students, who will evaluate the vehicle’s manufacturability and maintenance and aid in vehicle production. Trident Tech students in advanced CNC machining will participate in the design review, manufacturing and assembly in the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center advanced manufacturing lab.  The project is being sponsored by Barzan Aeronautical , providing $28,000 for the Barzan Aerospace Capstone Design Program and

Grimké Scholar Makes Career Shift with Dual-Degree

By Herb Frazier With two master’s degrees on his resume, Summerville resident Magellan T. Mambou is pursuing dual associate degrees at Trident Technical College because he wants a challenge beyond just teaching high school and college students. For 25 years, Mambou has taught math in South Carolina and in his native Cameroon. A message from a TED Talks presenter, however, led him to imagine a different path. The opportunity to do just that came when he learned about a scholarship named for 19th century attorney, journalist and diplomat Archibald Grimké and funded annually by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation. Mambou is in the first year of a two-and-a-half year plan to earn associate degrees in network systems management and cybersecurity.  “I am trying to work extra so I can finish on time,” he said recently, sitting in the shade of towering oaks at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens . “I decided to go back to school to do something that is fun and do something that could hel

The Gift of Life

Like many young people, it took some time for Maraleius Birdsong to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. He left Ft. Dorchester High School before graduating and moved back to his hometown in Indiana to stay with his grandmother. He worked, bought a car and got an apartment. Later, he moved back to North Charleston and earned his GED. He enrolled at Trident Tech in the fall of 2011. While delivering pizza to pay for school, he took classes to pursue his goal of becoming an electrical engineer. Maraleius was a good student and often helped his fellow students outside of class. His dream was to work for a large company in the area like Bosch, Boeing or GE.  Chuck Ackland, who was the coordinator of the Electrician: Automation and Industrial program at the time, said the program was challenging and had an enrollment which tended to get smaller as the semester went on.  Ackland noticed something unique about Birdsong right away. “He always sat front-row center," he said. &q

Signing Day

The  Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships  (CRYA) program celebrated career education with hundreds of students, business leaders, educators, and funders at Signing Day 2021. The event was held on Thursday, July 29, at the College Center on TTC’s Thornley Campus in North Charleston. Former CNA/pre-nursing youth apprentice Kevin Boyd shares a laugh with Dr. Thornley reflecting on his time working at Roper St. Francis Hospital as a young high school student aspiring to attend medical school. He is currently a student at Duke University.   Signing Day 2021 recognized the eighth signing class of over 70 new youth apprentices from the tricounty area, with many more still being hired for the 2021-22 academic school year. The event, sponsored by RegionsBank , began with opening remarks from TTC President, Dr. Mary Thornley. It was highlighted by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Thornley with four current and former youth apprentices. Kevin Boyd (graduate of Academic Magnet High Scho

The Power of Scholarships

Education feels out of reach for so many, even at an institution as affordable as Trident Technical College. Although approximately 80% of TTC students receive federal financial aid, many still struggle to afford post-secondary education. That's where TTC Foundation Scholarships come in. Last year, more than 400 students received $428,000 in scholarships, and this year we are poised to award even more scholarships. Keith Rumrill, Director of Development, manages the scholarship program and says that when someone asks about funding a scholarship, they are often surprised at how little it takes. "Scholarship donors quickly recognize the impact they can make with as little as $1,000, which would fund an award for one year or $500 for a semester," he said.  Scholarships financially assist students with tuition, fees, equipment and books, even if they are receiving other aid.  As we read the thank you letters of grateful students, we are reminded of the other significant, oft

The Hospitality Gene

Bill and Jeanne Hall with Chef Frank Lee.  The Charleston community experienced a significant loss when restaurateur Bill Hall suddenly passed away last year. But the legacy that he created lives on. A leader in the community, long-time Trident Technical College Foundation Trustee and supporter of TTC, Bill Hall and his family opened their first restaurant, Halls Chophouse, in downtown Charleston in 2009. Since then, the Halls Restaurant Group, now with eight restaurants, has become synonymous with true hospitality and well-known for its exceptional food, welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail. The Hall Management Group  hires more  Culinary Institute of Charleston  (CIC) students and apprentices than any other business in Charleston. Dean Michael Saboe had the privilege of working closely with the Hall family for the last 10+ years.  “The Charleston hospitality community is a better place because of Mr. Hall’s vision and philanthropic support,” said Saboe. “I think all hospit