Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The first step in enticing industry to an area is by having a skilled workforce. Williamsburg County is one step closer to providing that crucial element in a world that demands trained candidates. Senator Yancey McGill recently announced that the South Carolina State Senate, followed by the House of Representatives, approved $750,000 for a state-of-the-art Facilities Management Complex at Williamsburg Technical College. “We are simply delighted that Williamsburg Technical College will have this new facility,” the senator said in a press release. “The college has consistently improved our economic base, as well as the opportunities available to our citizens. The new complex will enhance their capabilities, and we thank President Patty Lee, the Williamsburg Technical College Board members, the College Foundation and her very professional staff and faculty for their dedication and hard work.”
Dr. Patty Lee, president of Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) shared her excitement in a telephone interview. “I am thrilled,” said Lee who at the time was attending a conference. “This has been 18 months in the making. We could not have done it without the senator. He has always been a champion for the college. Also, we would be remiss if we did not knowledge the delegation, especially Ronnie Sabb.”
The funds will allow the college to free up space for an Industrial/Electrical Technology program and the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification. The SCManufac-turing Certificate (SCMC) is a credential that manufactures look for when hiring. Successful students earn an industry-recognized national certification that will increase their employability for high-demand, well paying jobs.
“This is just another example of how the delegation, community and business leaders come together to promote the technical college,” said Lee. “We're poised to go great places.”
Williamsburg Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. The college boasts the highest dual enrollment in the history of the program and is poised to offer more online and hybrid classes. Plans are underway to take WTC to other communities throughout the county in an effort to make higher education more accessible to prospective students and, for those who want to come to the local campus but can't find a way, it provides ASSIST to Work program that offers transportation options on a daily basis for any students who wish to participate.
For more information on how to become a WTC student, call (843) 355-4165. For more information about SCMC visit www.sctechsystems.edu.