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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County Technical College’s Continuing Education Division Is Now the Corporate and Community Education Division


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON ---  Its name is different but its mission is still the same.  Tri-County Technical College’s Continuing Education Division is now the Corporate and Community Education Division.
“Our focus is to be market driven and to teach what our corporate and community customers want and need.  Our new name reflects that,” said Rick Cothran, dean of the Division.

“As trends change, we will address the changes in the marketplace and meet those market demands,” he added.

For example, Cothran says the number-one training request from industry representatives has been for entry-level skills.  In response, the Division now offers a new manufacturing Certified Production Technician program that enables workers to build the core knowledge and skills needed in today’s advanced manufacturing workplace.  The certificate program is based on the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) standards and can be delivered in an instructor-led environment and/or through computer-based simulations of actual production applications.

“The program’s goal is to make future associates more employable,” said Cothran. 

Another request was for higher-level technician training, he said.  Beginning next month his staff will begin offering Mechatronics training (classes that integrate electronics and mechanical competencies).  Via a new trailer provided by TechReadySC, instructors can transport training equipment to off-campus locations, such as worksites for employee training or community locations for recruitment services. 

The first class will begin in February, he said.

Another big focus is on QuickJobs training -- classes that offer quick and affordable training for displaced and under-employed workers in a series of in-demand jobs. These courses include MSSC, CNC operator and HVAC, along with Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Transcription, Deli Technician and more.  QuickJobs training classes can be completed in 90 days or less.

“We continue to offer flexible offerings that cater to all of our customers’ needs,” said Cothran. 

For more information, contact 864-646-1700 or visit to register online.