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Lillian Boatwright and daughter Claire

Press Release                                                                                        

Date: November 4, 2022

Contact: Lisa Garrett, lgarrett@tctc.edu

(By Lisa Garrett)

TCTC Offers Lillian Boatwright Early Path to Success

PENDLETON, SC – Eleven years ago, Lillian Boatwright was an honor student enrolled in AP classes at Daniel High School and, like many seniors, weighing the pros and cons of where to attend college. She had been accepted at multiple in- and out-of-state four-year universities, but ultimately conversations with her parents led her to opt for Tri-County Technical College, just three miles from her home in Clemson. Thinking back on her decision, she says there isn’t just one reason why TCTC was the right choice for her.

While a student at Daniel, she took advantage of the dual enrollment classes which gave her an introduction to TCTC and its instructors. The College’s university transfer class offerings, along with scholarships that allowed her to attend TCTC debt-free, convinced her that enrolling at her local technical college was a no-brainer. “We did the math and realized I could go to TCTC at no cost and I could receive a valuable education and guidance for a seamless transition to Clemson University,” she said.

“I got the full college experience at TCTC. I moved out of my parents’ house, got an apartment and commuted to campus.  My advisors, who were knowledgeable and helpful, knew my goals and made sure I took the right classes before transferring to Clemson,” said Boatwright, now sales operation manager at BoomTown, a company that provides marketing and sales automation solutions for the real estate industry.   

“I don’t know that I would have survived a four-year college right out of high school.  I wouldn’t have had the confidence to ask questions in class and know how to engage with faculty members for help outside of class time. TCTC is a good way to ease into college and not just jump into the deep end,” she said. 

“I didn’t miss out on anything by starting college at TCTC.  It was a good lead in to Clemson and college life,” she said. 

That’s the message she communicates to the high school students she interacts with in her community service project endeavors and the TCTC students who were interns at her previous employer, KeyMark. She says she identifies with these students, most of whom are juggling multiple priorities and who rely on scholarships that make their education possible. “I’m proud to say that I graduated from Tri-County debt-free with a LIFE scholarship and an Abney Foundation scholarship,” said Boatwright.

After three semesters at TCTC she transferred to Clemson in 2013.  At the end of her junior year, she gave birth to daughter, Claire, now 8, and took a break from college to focus on motherhood and later began a job search to support her and her daughter.

She began working at Keymark’s front desk and later transitioned to the sales team and then the marketing department. “What started as a job for a single mother, turned into a career I truly valued.  I really loved working there.” It was during that time that she went back and finished the bachelor’s degree online through Coker College. With her TCTC and CU credits, she just needed two semesters at Coker and was able to continue working full time and taking two to three classes a semester. In 2019 she earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and management and maintained dean’s list status.  

That same year she joined the Pickens County Board of Voter Registration and Elections and other community service opportunities followed. Last year she was named to the board of the Upstate Conservation Trust and serves on its executive committee. She also serves on the City of Clemson’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

She also was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her public service and was selected by the Multiplying Good board to be a member of its 2021 Upstate ChangeMakers class and now serves on its board. A distinguished group of community leaders in the Upstate, ChangeMakers work both individually and as a cohort to raise financial support for Students In Action, Multiplying Good’s flagship youth leadership development program that uses service-learning as the vehicle for arming high schoolers with the life skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond.

Earlier this summer she added another accolade – she was among the     leaders in South Carolina recognized by with a 2022 S.C. Women in Business Award. “I am honored to be recognized alongside fellow difference-makers in the Upstate,” said Boatwright. “I believe that together, we can continue to move South Carolina forward.”

She says daughter Claire is the impetus for her passion for making her community a better place. “She pushes me to do good things. We have conversations about what she wants to be when she grows up.  It’s light-hearted now but I always mention TCTC in the conversation.  I will be the parent who recommends TCTC because of what it did for me.”

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

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