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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      10/25/2019

                                                                                     (By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- The successes of Tri-County Technical College over the past year are a testament to the power of the strong relationships and partnerships the College shares with business, industry, and educators in the community, President Galen DeHay told the crowd at an Annual Report event.

“We know our success is due in great part to our strong relationships with our partners in the community. You are the key to our success.  We need you,” said Dr. DeHay.  “Most of what we have accomplished would never have happened without you,” he said to the crowd of business, industrial, education, government and political leaders who gathered at the October 24 event. 

“It is the relationships and partnerships with you that make us successful,” he added, referring to the theme of this year’s Annual Report publication (Relationships and Partnerships) that highlights the major College and Foundation accomplishments of 2018 - 2019.

“These relationships and partnerships transform the lives of our students and help us to build stronger communities,” he emphasized. 

Dr. DeHay listed the following examples of how Tri-County excels among technical colleges in the state and nation:

Tri-County continues to hold the highest ranking in the South Carolina Technical College System for student success (74%) and is among the highest in graduation rates.

The College ranks highest in the system and in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities.

The College boasts 100 percent passage rates on certification tests for several of our medical programs, most recently Medical Assisting and Surgical Technology.

Tri-County’s tuition is in the lowest quartile among all 16 technical colleges and the lowest in the Upstate.

The College spends less on administrative costs and more on direct instruction and service to students than any other college in the System.

Dr. DeHay said there is more work to do in providing pathways to student success for all residents in our community.

“We are working to improve the economic mobility of residents in the area and strengthening the College’s role in economic development,” he said. 

“In everything we do, we believe that education has the power to improve economic mobility of our students and results in stronger, more prosperous communities. 

He said one way to expand the pipeline of workers is to continue to find new and innovative ways to attract recent high school graduates, through initiatives like the Technical Career Pathways.  “We also need to find ways to enroll more non-traditional older students who are unemployed or underemployed,” he said, emphasizing that in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, there are about 160,000 individuals, ages 24 – 40, who have a high school diploma but no college credential.   “These people need what Tri-County has to offer them.  We need to expand programs, like I-BEST, to serve more non-traditional students.  Second, we will create more intentional partnerships and pathways to benefit our students,” he said.

“Partnerships only work when all parties benefit, participate, and invest in the work. Tri-County Technical College is best suited, and perhaps the only organization that can connect all the partners to effect change -- K-12, businesses and industries, non-profit organizations, community agencies and State and federal governments,” he said.  

“Thir we want to do a better job meeting business and industry needs to help them grow and be sustainable,” he said.  Earlier this year the College rolled out a new model, called Integrated Workforce Solutions, for working with business and industry.  “Integrated Workforce Solutions can create tailored solutions to meet business and industry needs,” said Dr. DeHay.

“Educating and training more people in our communities is one of the surest and best ways to strengthen this special part of South Carolina that we call home,” he said.