Tuesday, February 19, 2013

March 1 Open House to Showcase Tri-County's Programs and Services


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             2/18/2013

                                                                     (By Lisa Garrett)

         PENDLETON ---  Studies show that the most important factor in choosing a college is finding the right fit for your individual career and academic goals, learning style and personal interests.

        Visiting a college's Open House and exploring its programs and services is a great way to discover what it has to offer.  Tri-County Technical College has scheduled an Open House at its Pendleton Campus March 1 from 2 - 6 p.m. to give individuals a chance to find out how and where they fit in at the College's Pendleton and community campuses.

         The Open House will kick off at 2 p.m. for prospective students, including high school students and their parents, persons who have been laid off from their jobs, those seeking retraining for new careers or those currently enrolled at the College.

         "Tri-County Technical College offers something for everyone," said Enrollment Counselor Tasheka Johnson.  Whether someone know exactly what he or she wants to major in, or is still evaluating options, Tri-County's Open House will inform guests on courses, career opportunities and other important information, she added.

         "If you're someone who hasn't thought about college yet or are struggling with the decision of where to go to college, come and see what Tri-County offers -- an affordable education with small classroom sizes, one-on-one interaction with instructors and the flexibility in building your own schedule to be a full-time, part-time or online student," said Johnson.

           Visitors begin by checking in at the College Library located in Hicks Hall.  From there they can decide whether they want to have a guided tour, go alone on a self-guided tour or go to a specific department with a guide. On the tours, they will have the opportunity to meet one on one with faculty and with current students who will talk about their experiences and answer questions.

          Welding and HVAC programs are located at the new Industrial Technology Center located near Sandy Springs but program coordinators will be on campus to talk with interested persons.  Guests will be able to view a slide show of the new facility.

           Financial aid, admissions and career services offices will be fully staffed to answer questions and provide enrollment information.  People will be able to apply for admission in Miller Hall using iPads.  In addition, visitors can learn about the transfer and bridge agreements Tri-County has and meet representatives from BMW and Michelin who will be on hand to talk about their scholars programs.

            "Many recent high school grads complete their Tri-County studies debt free by qualifying for a LIFE scholarship (3.0 GPA in high school) or full Pell grant (based on income requirement).  These forms of financial aid can cover tuition costs.  If you don't qualify for those, South Carolina residents can receive lottery tuition assistance which covers about one half of Tri-County's full-time tuition," explained Johnson.

         For those interested in retooling for new careers through QuickJobs courses and certificates, representatives from the Corporate and Community Education Division will be located in the Cafeteria.  There also will be information about the Connect to College program serves academically capable youth age 17 to 20 who, for various reasons, have not been successful in a traditional high school environment but who have career goals that require postsecondary education.

         Guests will be able to register for a drawing of door prizes that include an iPad mini and door prizes of $25 gifts cards for those who check in at the library.  The College Café will provide free hot dogs and drinks for the first 500 visitors.

         "We are making the process as simple as possible so guests can complete admission and enrollment steps while they are here," said Johnson.

         For more information, contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 864-646-1500 or



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