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LaurenMcGearr ,ofPendleton,wasamongthefacult ,staffand students who participated in the College’s Future Laboratory Professionals/AnMedHealth-sponsoredblooddrive. McGearr , an Industrial Electronics Technology graduate, is pictured with Kelly Wilbanks, a medical laboratory technician (MLT) and 1991 graduate of the College’s MLT program. Sixty-six units of blood were collected.

Government and education came together to meet the critical needs of business and industry by supporting the new Anderson QuickJobs Development Center, located across from the College’s Anderson Campus. The Center opened in October 2013 and helps Tri-County to meet the goals of employers and to provide the necessary training to build a strong, viable workforce serving Anderson County.

Around 40 elementary school teachers in the tri-counties participated in a two-day institute on Integrative Science, Technolog , Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning seminar on our campus. During the final days, teachers worked on a problem-based action STEM plan for implementation at their schools.

The College published its new Three-Year Strategic Plan in early April and immediately launched a series of workshops designed to give employees the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with their colleagues about the unique contributions each person can make to ensure we are successful in achieving our vision. Nearly 150 employees participated in one of seven offerings.

The 5,847-square-foot-building houses classrooms and a large space for labs. The facility is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission through the S.C. Department of Commerce. The QuickJobs Development Center is operated by the College, and instructors from the Corporate and Community Education Division teach QuickJobs training courses, such as American Heart Association Certification, Law Enforcement and Private Security programs, Office and Medical Office Skills Certifications, CDL Class A and B (Truck Driver Training), Chemical Industry Training, Heavy Equipment Operator Training (sponsored by Blanchard Machinery), South Carolina Manufacturing Certification, WorkKeys Testing, and more.

In addition, the Center will offer customized training for area businesses and industries.

This is the College’s third QuickJobs Development Center. Others are located at the Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center in Seneca and at the Easley Campus.

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The Clemson University Class of 1963 made a generous donation in support of the Bridge to Clemson Program. In celebration of their Golden Anniversar , they raised $750,000 with a commitment to raise $1 million to endow the program. The anniversary gift will help meet the Bridge program’s funding needs. In honor of the gift, the program will be named the Class of 1963 Bridge to Clemson University.

Tri-County is serving as one of the sponsors of Junior Leadership Pickens County this year. The Easley Campus was the site for the group’s first meeting of the inaugural class. Twenty-five high school juniors from across Pickens County went through a rigorous selection process to participate in the six-month program designed to enhance their leadership skills. Dr. Brian Swords, Easley Campus director, is serving as Chairman of the program’s advisory committee and facilitator during the inaugural year.

Nearly 300 persons registered at the January 7 Job Fair and Training Expo hosted by the Corporate and Community Education Division and the local SC Works Centers. The event was held for unemployed and underemployed individuals in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Participants were given the opportunity to meet and interview with area employers and to find out about short-term training options in the fields of health care, business, heavy equipment operator, industrial/manufacturing, and truck driving.

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