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NewsTuesday, June 14, 2011
The SC Asphalt Pavement Association (SCAPA) presented Tri-County Technical College with a $100,000 donation recently. The money will support the creation of an asphalt materials lab on the College's Pendleton Campus.
Pictured from left are (front row) Dr. Ronnie Booth, president of Tri-County; Ashley R. Batson, SCAPA executive director; and Michael Crenshaw, president of King Asphalt; and (second row) John Lummus, vice president of institutional advancement and economic development at Tri-County; Elisabeth Gadd, director of development at Tri-County; and Mary Corley, program manager for Tri-County's Highway Construction program; (third row) Serji Amirkhanian, consultant; Steve Cosper, owner of Granite Construction and SCAPA board member; Scott Fant, vice president of Sloan Construction; and Lauren Cosper, SCAPA summer intern; and (top row) Doug Truluck, president of PP&S, Inc.; Ben Poore, summer intern for Granite Construction; and Rick Cothran, dean of the College's Corporate and Community Education Division.
SCAPA Donates $100,000 to Support Creation of Asphalt Materials Lab
CONTACT: MARY CORLEY, 646-2047
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/10/2011
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- The SC Asphalt Pavement Association (SCAPA), a statewide trade association of contractors engaged in the production of high quality hot mix asphalt, presented Tri-County Technical College with a $100,000 donation recently. The money will support the creation of an asphalt materials lab on the College's Pendleton Campus.
"The purpose of the lab is to provide a trained workforce for the asphalt industry, as well as to facilitate research with the potential to improve and encourage growth in the asphalt industry," said Mary Corley, program manager for Tri-County's Highway Construction Program in its Corporate and Community Education Division. The funds contributed by SCAPA will be used to purchase laboratory equipment for asphalt mix design and testing, Corley added.
The lab, which will be housed in McKissick Hall, is set to open in September.
"We are happy to be able to contribute towards the success of another asphalt research laboratory in South Carolina, which we feel will help provide quality research to improve the performance of asphalt materials on our state's roads and infrastructure," said Drew Boggs, SCAPA president.
"The asphalt research lab at Tri-County Technical College will ensure the future of a workforce with technical training in the field of asphalt technology. SCAPA is proud to be a part of this new venture and looks forward to working with Tri-County Technical College in its asphalt research efforts," added Ashley R. Batson, SCAPA executive director.
In September 2010 the College began offering courses in the South Carolina Department of Transportation's (SC DOT) statewide technician certification program. This program provides the requirements an individual needs to seek certification as an SC DOT-certified inspector for work performed on construction projects.
More than 500 individuals completed SCDOT technician certification classes in 2010, said Corley. Tri-County is the only facility in the state that offers SC DOT certification courses in Hot Mix Asphalt, Coarse Aggregate, Earthwork and Foundations.
The SC Asphalt Pavement Association's donation to the College will provide students with a state-of-the-art asphalt materials testing facility where they will receive hands-on training in Hot Mix Asphalt applications. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held later this year at the College.