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Career Coach provides potential and current students, as well as the general public, with best-in-class, local data on employment opportunities, wages, educational programs, and job postings for their career interests.

Student Government Association (SGA) President and Marine veteran Donald Joslyn represented Tri-County at the Republican State Convention and served as a delegate from Anderson County. He met former Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Governor Nikki Hale , and Adjutant General Robert Livingston, whom he served with in Afghanistan in 2007- 2008. “Many thanks to all who made this happen for me. It was the highlight of the year,” said Donald.

Three students represented Tri-County in the 2013 South Carolina Speech and Theater Association’s Annual College Festival Competition. Sohang Patel, a Pre-Pharmacy major from Anderson, placed first in the Persuasive Speechcategor ,andManuelManle ,an Information Technology major from Pendleton; placed first in the Informative Speaking event. Ten two- and four-year colleges from around the state competed in the event that Tri-County hosted at the Easley Campus.

In addition, Donald accepted an award at the SCTEA conference where SGA was recognized as a third place winner in the Community Action and Benevolence category of the SCTEA conference’s Student Community Involvement competition.

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Haley Scott, of Seneca, an associate in Arts major, second from left, says Educational Talent Search (ETS) benefited her from grades 9 – 12. She plans to transfer to Anderson University to study art or writing.

“ETS’s purpose is to increase the graduation and college-going rates of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Herm Allen, ETS coordinator, pictured far left. “We work closely with the guidance departments at the schools who serve as vehicles for recruiting students.” The program is funded to serve 854 students in our target schools. “We provide motivation and encouragement. With ETS, college is not impossible,” he said.

According to ETS’ annual performance report to the USDOE, 59 percent of Tri-County’s 2011 – 2012 ETS college-ready students were college bound. In addition, the 2011 – 2012 promotion rate (from grade to grade) for ETS students served in area target schools for 2011 – 2012 was 94 percent.

The College implemented several online educational tools this year to aid students with their academic readiness and career planning.

Smarter Measure gives details about academic readiness, as well as insight into students’ soft skills and technical competencies.

DegreeWorks is a planning tool that simplifies students’ ability to monitor their academic progress toward a degree.

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