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Times, They are a-Changin'

Jessica Przborski First Place 2020 Future Alumni Essay Contest At the dawn of 2020, new year optimism was at its peak. People were filled with hope as they set out to tackle unlikely resolutions.  That is until those plans were so abruptly interrupted by the invisible invading army called Covid-19. Marching its way through people’s lives all around the world, Covid-19 set out to seek and destroy. This infectious disease is a new strand of the Coronavirus.  What is so scary about this specific strand is that it is so new. Without historical data, the scientific community was at a loss of how to combat the virus that causes respiratory illness. The first case was detected in Wuhan China on Dec.1st, 2019. By March 11th, 2020 The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic.  Big changes followed. Countries were put on lockdown and restricted travel. States in the U.S were locked down and quarantined. Curfews and social distancing requirements were set in place. Masks
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Challenges Turned Into Growth

Marisa Lynn Sligh Third Place 2020 Future Alumni Essay Contest Nursing school, motherhood, childhood cancer and a pandemic – 2020 has been a year full of challenges, to say the least.  Prior to the pandemic, I had mastered a life of constant schedule changes: juggling motherhood, nursing school and work, on top of the daily challenges of being a full-time caregiver to my four-year-old who was battling cancer. I was no stranger to social distancing, mask-wearing, or impeccable hand hygiene – as the mother to a child with cancer, these things became my new normal years before the pandemic.  What proved to be challenging was learning how to go about my life, navigating yet again another ‘new normal’ amidst a global pandemic. Being a mother to a young child with cancer is hard, being in nursing school is hard; juggling both of these roles during a global pandemic is incredibly hard. However, I can honestly say that both nursing school and caring for my son, especially during this pandemic

Silver Lining

Ebone Edwards Second Place 2020 Future Alumni Essay Contest The end of 2019 seemed at first glance like every other year; the catapult that would turn the page and start our lives off fresh. For so many, the year 2020 represented a “new vision” and the start of a new decade of possibilities.  I remember saying this would be the year I would finally be at my ideal body weight, save enough money to travel, get married and finally pursue my dream of becoming a chef. These goals had been written and pictured on my vision board for so many years, but 2020 was going to be “the” year I would accomplish them.  Life often has a way of adjusting our most carefully curated paths to success, but nothing compares to the impact of one singular global pandemic, which effectively challenged and changed my world forever. The seriousness of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) became very evident as new norms created challenges. One of those early challenges I faced would involve my job. I work full t

Mary Thornley Receives the Order of the Palmetto

Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley received the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, from Gov. Henry McMaster Nov. 19 during a virtual Trident Technical College Foundation board meeting.  Foundation staff members presented the award to Thornley as a video of the governor’s remarks was shown during the online meeting.  The Order of the Palmetto is awarded to citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. Gov. John C. West presented the first Order of the Palmetto in 1971. Thornley has worked at the college for 47 years. She was hired as an adjunct instructor in 1973 and became a full-time instructor the next year. Over time she moved up the ranks and held positions including department head, dean and vice president for academic affairs. She was named president in 1991.  During her tenure, the college has more than doubled in physical size, and the college’s enrollment has grown

Trustee Q&A: Kevin Frank

Kevin Frank, President and CEO of AstenJohnson, joined the TTC Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Finance/Audit Committee.  We asked him for his take on the value of Trident Technical College.   What is one thing everybody should know about Trident Tech? The programs are directly applicable to industry and provide qualified, trained and often experienced applicants ready to help a business grow. What was your biggest surprise about Trident Tech? The diversity of the students is fantastic and their enthusiasm is hard to duplicate. These are students from all walks of life, highly motivated to get to work and apply their training while eager to learn and contribute to society. What is your advice for students in the COVID world? We will get through this and as we do, there will be many new opportunities for graduates who are ready to put their expanded skills to work. What is the best advice you’ve received? Hard work and innovative thinking will pay off over the

College awarded $1.9 million for STEM project

The Department of Defense has awarded Trident Technical College $1.9 million to implement the Building Outreach Opportunities to Motivate and Inspire the Next Generation in STEM (BOOMING in STEM) initiative to help address acute STEM workforce needs in the Charleston region. Working with partners Joint Base Charleston and the Charleston Promise Neighborhood , the College will use the funding to provide camps and coursework to engage youth in STEM activities and connect them to educational offerings and work experiences. The project will create STEM career pathways for military-connected, rural and disadvantaged K-12 students, primarily focusing on students age 7-18. The college is one of only 12 institutions in the country to receive a National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) award from the Department of Defense this year. The department will provide more than $31 million to the 12 educational and industry partners over a three-ye

Training the Next Generation of Auto Mechanics

Where do new auto mechanics come from? One pathway that continues to grow every year is the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program (CRYA) .  Trident Technical College, in collaboration with regional employers in a variety of industries, offers students the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. High school students hired as apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction at TTC. The Hendrick Automotive Group employs many youth apprentices.  Don Smith, community relations guru at Hendrick, said, “We have young men and women looking for opportunities in the automotive field. With technology increasing in automobiles today, we need people with new skills for tomorrow. With the Trident Tech partnership, we hope we can fill the pipeline in the Charleston market with auto techs to fit those demands.” Buzz Varella, department head of the TTC Automotive Program , is sold on the program as well. “The apprenticeship program is a tre