The General Assembly recently finished its session for this year and the SC Technical College System is very appreciative of their efforts.
We are extremely fortunate to have a General Assembly that truly understands and appreciates the importance of the System and the impact we have on the future of South Carolina’s economic development and workforce development initiatives.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the House and Senate for their valuable time spent crafting a budget designed to move our state forward.
With the increase to the System’s base funding this year, our 16 colleges across the state are poised to continue providing a quality technical college education designed to prepare students for high-demand, high-skilled careers as well as additional education.
We are especially excited about the innovative pilot Williamsburg Promise program intended to increase college attendance and completion by alleviating the financial burdens associated with college. Residents of Williamsburg County who have graduated high school in the past six years will be eligible for a Promise Scholarship and can attend Williamsburg Technical College tuition free for up to two years.
In addition, the System’s ever-important Lottery Tuition Assistance Program was funded at $47.3 million. Nearly 30% of our students rely on this funding to achieve their academic endeavors and ultimately, their career goals. Over 310,000 technical college students have benefited from Lottery Tuition Assistance since its inception in 2003.
Our colleges also received funding support for allied health equipment and workforce scholarship grants all of which work to ensure that South Carolina has a skilled workforce ready for business and industry demands.
An educated population is one of the most important components of a vital, competitive state. By making a higher education both affordable and accessible, the SC Technical College System works to increase the number of post-secondary certificates, degrees and diplomas in the state. The System also educates the majority of the state’s first-generation college students. Increased educational attainment leads to a raised per capita income and ultimately an expansion of South Carolina’s middle class.
On behalf of the System, I again would like to thank the dedicated men and women of our General Assembly. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to provide the fastest, most flexible and affordable path to the workforce for the citizens of our great state.
Dr. Tim Hardee