Sen. Jim DeMint Addresses Crowd at Annual Report Luncheon
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/6/2008
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College isn’t just in the education business, Senator Jim DeMint told a crowd of around 250 business, industry and community leaders at the College’s annual report luncheon. “Its purpose is to help individuals to develop the skills they will need in today’s workforce. Tri-County is in the business of connecting people to skills that will give them a better job and a better life. It’s quite a mission,” he added.
Senator DeMint outlined ways in which the College is reaching the community – by expanding the LPN program in Oconee County through evening classes, by giving high school dropouts a second chance through the Gateway to College program, and by offering a Bridge to Clemson program for those who narrowly missed admission to Clemson University. “In every case they are developing skills so students can move forward,” he said.
“You are answering a high calling and we’re here to celebrate that,” he said.
In his remarks following Sen. DeMint’s speech, Tri-County President Ronnie Booth said, “The College is about taking individuals from where they are to where they need to be. We are about access and availability and making higher education available to anyone in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. We are celebrating what we have done, but it’s not where we stop. There’s more to come.”
Guests received a 50-page annual report that highlights the major College and Foundation accomplishments of 2007 - 2008.