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President Galen DeHay, Jim Kaplan and Grayson Kelly

Press Release                                                                                        

Date: November 4, 2022

Contact: Lisa Garrett, lgarrett@tctc.edu

(By Lisa Garrett)

Cornell Dubilier, Inc., Named 2022 Philanthropist of the Year

PENDLETON, SC – Cornell Dubilier, Inc., was named the 2022 recipient of the Tri-County Technical College Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year award.

This is the Foundation’s highest and most prestigious honor reserved for individuals, foundations, companies, trusts, organizations or other entities that have made a significant financial contribution, either cash or non-cash, to the Foundation to support the work of the College.           

Grayson Kelly, vice president of Institutional Advancement and Business Relations, presented the award to Jim Kaplan, CEO of Cornell Dubilier, a manufacturer of electric components.

Cornell Dubilier has been a loyal donor to the TCTC Foundation since 2003 when the company made its initial gift, a $5,000 contribution to support the Don Garrison Instructional Excellence Endowment.

In 2007 the company continued its support with a significant donation of $50,000 to establish the Jack L. Ford Endowed Scholarship in honor of one of its longtime engineering managers at the Liberty plant. (Ford, who passed away in 2017, served the company for 62 years as an industrial engineer until his retirement in 2009.)

In 2018 the company contributed $50,000 to establish a second scholarship, the Ken Thomas Endowed Scholarship Fund, to honor another longtime employee who attended TCTC in 1971. Three years later, Cornell Dubilier made a $100,000 commitment to continue supporting the fund.

The recipient of these scholarships must be enrolled in an Engineering and Industrial Technology program and be a Pickens County resident with financial need.

“Jack and Ken both have been dedicated engineering managers with incredible work ethics,” said Kaplan. “Ken, at age 84, is still employed full time and is the first in the plant and many days the last to leave. He is the longest-standing employee at all Cornell Dubilier plants. He sets an example for everyone. Ken is admired and respected by everyone at the plant.”

“Cornell Dubilier has been a great partner to the College in support of the scholarships for Pickens County residents and other priority needs,” said Kelly. 

Kaplan says he looks to TCTC to supply a pipeline of technicians in the areas of welding, maintenance and supervision.

“TCTC is the best educational value in the state. Scholarships are so important. As these endowments grow, they enable more individuals to be able to go to college at no cost,” said Kaplan. 

In addition to supporting scholarships, Cornell Dubilier has a tuition reimbursement program and many of its technical employees take advantage of advancing their skills by earning TCTC degrees and certifications. “It makes good sense to support the College so our Pickens County residents can benefit from these scholarships,” Kaplan said.

“We rely on TCTC graduates to fill important technical positions. We encourage associates to consider enrolling for the first time or returning to college at TCTC to help advance their careers and our company as well,” said Kaplan. 

In addition, Cornell Dubilier has been a faithful supporter of College and Foundation special events, including the President’s Cup golf tournament and in 2011

a $25,000 contribution to support the TCTC Easley Campus Priority Needs Endowment. 

To date, Cornell Dubilier has given a total of $235,500.

About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit tctc.edu