Tuesday, October 16, 2012

College Will Bury Time Capsule October 24 in Celebration of 50th Anniversary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            10/15/2012

                                                                                    (By Lisa Garrett)

            PENDLETON --- In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Tri-County Technical College will bury a time capsule filled with items that will give a future students and administrators a glimpse of the College and its important events in 2012. 

            The time capsule is a 2' x 2' x 2' cube containing symbolic items ranging from graduation programs and College publications to presidential election bumper stickers to People magazine.  It will be buried by President Ronnie Booth and student leaders October 24 during a ceremony beginning at noon outside the Student Center on the Pendleton Campus. The capsule will be unsealed in the year 2062.

            "Tri-County Technical College students in 2062 will have special insight into what the College was like in 2012, thanks to this time capsule," said Croslena Johnson, coordinator of student life and counseling services.  "This is a student-led event," said Johnson, acknowledging that the Student Government Association took the leadership of this project. All students, clubs and organizations, divisions/departments, and alumni were invited to submit items for consideration."

            "They included individual items that reflect our College and the culture of our time," added Johnson.

            Student Government Association (SGA) President Donald Joslyn, who will participate in the ceremony, says he wants future generations to know the importance of getting involved at Tri-County.  One of the items placed in the time capsule is the gavel Joslyn used in SGA meetings.   "I placed the gavel in the time capsule along with a letter I wrote to future students and SGA leaders. In the letter I talked about the meaning and importance of the gavel.  When small groups volunteer their time, they can make things happen.  That's what our SGA has done this year and I hope future SGA leaders will do the same." 

            Fifty years ago Tri-County Technical College made South Carolina history by becoming the first multi-county technical institute in the State.  Never before had several counties pooled their resources to create a postsecondary educational facility in South Carolina.

            Tri-County Technical Education Center opened the doors of Pickens Hall September 10, 1963, with fewer than 500 students in seven disciplines and later attracted 919 students during its first year of operation.  The curricula included electronics technology, machine tool, welding, and other engineering technologies.

            Since that time, Tri-County Technical College has grown from one technical education center to a comprehensive community college with four campuses in its three-county service area.  Academic offerings include technical and health education training, business and public services majors, university transfer offerings in the arts and sciences, college credit courses for high school students, and non-credit courses in continuing education.

            Growth during the past five years has been especially significant, as more and more citizens are making Tri-County their college of choice.  This year, the College served nearly 7,000 students at its four campuses in Anderson, Easley, Pendleton, and Seneca.

            The public is invited to join the College for food, fun, and the burial of the capsule during the October 24 ceremony.  For more information contact Croslena Johnson at 646-1568 or



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