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Greg Sosebee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
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CLEMSON --- When Greg Sosebee graduated from Seneca High School in 1973, most of his friends went to four-year universities. But he wasn’t ready to commit to college.
After several years of working for a construction company, he was still undecided about a career. “I wanted a degree that I would use,” he said. He knew he wanted to work outside, and a conversation with a relative made him consider professional land surveying as an occupation. At that time, there were two ways to prepare for a career as a licensed land surveyor: earn a two-year degree and gain four years of experience or earn a four-year degree with two years experience for a combined six years of experience. “I chose the two-year degree, and I enrolled in Tri-County’s Civil Engineering program,” said Sosebee.
Tonight he receives Tri-County Technical College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which highlights his dedication to his alma mater. The recipient of this award must have been awarded a degree, diploma or certificate from Tri-County; must have graduated at least one year ago; and must have made significant contributions to the College, the Alumni Association, or the community.
Thirty-three years later, Sosebee, the owner of Greg B. Sosebee and Associates Land Surveying in Seneca, still says he made the right decision in choosing Tri-County. “Tri-County helped me to mature,” he said. “The small classes and one-on-one interaction with instructors, who were working professionals, were invaluable. Committed instructors like Dunk Chalker, who was a professional surveyor and department head, kept me involved,” he said. He finished all of the requirements, except a physics class, in a year and a half and returned the next year to take the class in the evening after work.