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#GivingTuesday for the Greenwood Promise

Remember the Greenwood Promise this #GivingTuesday. With additional contributions to the Promise, we will see opportunities for students in our region grow exponentially. Up to this point, a small group of supporters has raised more than $4.6 million towards off-setting the cost of two years at the technical college level—bringing us within reach of our Phase I goal of $5 million!

Now we are counting on the support of people like you to help provide every student with a tuition-free path to higher education. Your donation will go into an endowment that not only provides support for current students, but it will continue to help students for the life of the program.

It is our hope that, as a unified community, we will soon surpass our initial fundraising goal and turn our attention to providing young people in our county a tuition-free path to their bachelor’s degree.

Please be a PROMISE MAKER and give the GIFT OF AN EDUCATION now.

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Thank you in advance for your support.

If you would like to support the Greenwood Promise via a donation over the phone or via email please contact us today!

Greenwood Promise receives donation through Eaton Charitable Contributions Program

The Greenwood Promise received $18,375 through the 2018 Eaton Charitable Contributions Program. To date, the Promise has received more than $4.7 million in pledges. Promise awards began with the spring high school graduating class of 2017. The Greenwood Promise’s mission is to provide a tuition-free path to ensure Greenwood County students obtain the postsecondary education needed to develop a highly-skilled workforce, improve the overall quality of life, and increase economic vitality.

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Greenwood Promise receives donation through Eaton Charitable Contributions Program

Law offices of Brandon A. Smith Pledges $2500 to The Greenwood Promise

Photo caption from left: Promise Committee Member Josh Garvin, Brandon A. Smith, Director of The Greenwood Promise Kris Burris, and Promise Committee Chair Ron Millender

Law Offices of Brandon A. Smith pledged $2,500 to support The Greenwood Promise.  To date, the Promise has received more than $4.7 million in pledges.  Promise awards began with the spring high school graduating class of 2017.  For more information, visit www.GreenwoodPromise.com.

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Smith supports The Greenwood Promise

Smith pledges support to The Greenwood Promise

F3 Greenwood Pledges $2500 to The Greenwood Promise

Photo caption from left: Promise Committee Chair Ron Millender, Ben Scurry, Jess Timmons, Director of The Greenwood Promise Kris Burris, Josh Sims, Glenn Perrin, Mike Adams and Josh Garvin

Members of F3 Greenwood pledged $2,500 to support The Greenwood Promise.  To date, the Promise has received more than $4.7 million in pledges.  Promise awards began with the spring high school graduating class of 2017.

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F3 Greenwood pledges to Greenwood Promise

F3 Greenwood Pledges $2500 to The Greenwood Promise

 

When your community and its college have your back

Venturing into the world of postsecondary education can be scary. Aside from the challenging coursework, the cost can seem daunting. But more than ever before, education beyond high school has become a necessary step for a rewarding career. Recognizing this need and the value of a well-trained workforce, the Greenwood County business community and forward-looking citizens created the Greenwood Promise ― a unique scholarship program designed to help Greenwood County high school graduates begin their college studies tuition-free.

Phase One of the Promise provides funding for students to earn up to an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) by paying the remaining tuition after other funding options (other scholarships and grants) have been exhausted.

Launched in 2017, the Promise is already making a powerful impact. To date, 43 students have needed Promise funding after all state and federal aid, with awards up to $1,675. Scholars are attending classes tuition-free and planning their futures with confidence. They also have a keen appreciation for the education they are receiving.

Emily Cannon anticipates a bright future in nursing thanks to her Greenwood Promise scholarship and the encouragement of her family. In high school, the gregarious teen earned good grades, was co-captain of her basketball team, and served on the yearbook committee. She was encouraged toward nursing by her aunt, who is a home health nurse.

“I really was worried that pursuing a bachelor’s in nursing would be too hard, but I realized that as long as I took it step by step and applied myself, I would be fine,” she said. Cannon is taking transfer courses at Piedmont Tech and plans eventually to transfer to a four-year university for her bachelor’s. “I graduated a year early from high school and didn’t want to jump into the university setting. I thought Tech was a good transition from high school and later to university.”

The Greenwood native and pastor’s daughter is confident that her education at PTC is preparing her to achieve her goal of working in obstetrics or neonatal nursing care. She remains very involved in her church and is careful to realistically manage her expectations. “I feel like I am very competitive in terms of academics. That has helped me along the way,” she said.

Cannon feels fortunate to have the empowerment that comes from her PTC education, her family and her faith, and she is thriving in her studies.

“Both of my parents have always pushed me to go after my goals, and they have supported me in every decision I have ever made,” she said.

Noel Johnson, a business administration major, also received funding through the Promise in the fall. Because she’s only 18, she appreciates the flexibility a technical college education offers to a young person still exploring her options.

“That is why I love Tech,” she said. “I can take the general classes I need while I’m thinking through different careers.”

Johnson sees herself working in a marketing- or accounting-focused environment. “Math was always my favorite subject in school,” she added.

The Johnsons are keeping technical education all in the family. After years overseeing her daughters’ online public education, last year Johnson’s mom, Jill, completed the SC Manufacturing Certification program at PTC. Today she works for Woven Electronics in Simpsonville, a supplier of cable harnesses and connectors to military, aerospace and commercial customers. Seeing a PTC education help her mother achieve her career goals has emboldened Johnson to do the same.

“My parents have always encouraged hard work. I was on the President’s List last semester,” Johnson said. “They are never hard on me about my grades, so long as I try my best.”

For more information about Greenwood Promise, visit www.greenwoodpromise.com. To learn more about educational opportunities at Piedmont Tech, visit www.ptc.edu.

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Greenwood Edge manufacturing training program launching in Greenwood County

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Greenwood Edge, a program that enables students to earn a Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate through Piedmont Technical College (PTC) while in high school, is launching in Greenwood County SC. The program will begin with a cohort of 24 students in fall 2018.

Greenwood Edge was created in response to recommendations outlined by a consulting company that assisted the Greenwood Partnership Alliance in creating its strategic plan, along with feedback generated from local industry leaders, Piedmont Technical College, and Greenwood County public and private schools.

“Part of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance’s Mission is to improve educational achievement to enhance the quality of life in Greenwood County,” said Heather Jones, CEO of GPA. “This program does exactly that while also helping to provide a ready workforce for economic growth as well.”

The Greenwood Edge is available for rising Junior and Senior students (public, private, & homeschool) that initially allows them to earn a Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate while in high school.  These students can either go directly into the workforce upon graduation or continue working toward a Mechatronics Associate degree as they will already have completed a semester of coursework toward that end.

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The Greenwood Promise: Promise Makers 2017

Your support provides a tuition-free path to higher education

Thanks to our supporters Promise awards began with the spring high school graduating class of 2017.

In fact, for fall 2017, 146 students from the 2017 graduating high school class in Greenwood County applied to receive Promise funds, and 141 were eligible for funding. As a result, Piedmont Technical College has seen a 38% increase in the number of students from Greenwood schools enrolling in fall classes directly after high school. After all, aid was applied to eligible students, 38 received Promise funds to pay their remaining tuition, with awards ranging from $52.50 to $1,675.00.

This is a fantastic start to our Promise Program and will have an incredible impact on the vitality of Greenwood County!

Today, we are launching our Promise Makers 2017 Campaign.  With additional contributions to the Promise, we will see opportunities for students in our region grow exponentially. Up to this point, a small group of supporters has raised more than $4.6 million towards off-setting the cost of two years at the technical college level—bringing us within reach of our Phase I goal of $5 million!

Now we are counting on the support of people like you to help provide every student with a tuition-free path to higher education. Your donation will go into an endowment that not only provides support for current students, but it will continue to help students for the life of the program.

It is our hope that, as a unified community, we will soon surpass our initial fundraising goal and turn our attention to providing young people in our county a tuition-free path to their bachelor’s degree.

Please be a PROMISE MAKER and give the GIFT OF AN EDUCATION now.

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Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Kris Burris
Executive Director
The Greenwood Promise
www.greenwoodpromise.com
(864) 889-0317

The Greenwood Promise is a single member limited liability company managed by The Foundation for a Greater Greenwood County. As such all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Q&A: Burris connects the dots between education and workforce development

Kris Burris sees the Greenwood Promise as playing a pivotal role in the development of the future workforce. She became director of the scholarship program in October 2016 and brings with her 15 years of nonprofit management experience.

The Greenwood Promise is an initiative to help Greenwood County high school graduates with postsecondary tuition assistance. It is available for students whose primary residences are zoned within Greenwood County School Districts 50, 51 and 52.

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Next steps for The Greenwood Promise

As a child, I dreamed about my future career, transitioning from teacher to lawyer to doctor to computer science whiz. However, in college, I discovered a passion for serving others, and my desire to help others truly manifested itself.

Whether first-generation college students or products of scholars, we all dream of “something more.” I was fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who encouraged and supported me daily, emphasizing the importance of education. That was exactly what I needed to earn an associate degree from Spartanburg Methodist College, a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and an educational specialist degree from Converse College.

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Socioeconomic benefits of post-secondary education

Benefits of post-secondary education seem clear for an individual in terms of better jobs and improved earning potential, but those benefits ripple through society.

For starters, more education promotes economic self-sufficiency.

The Greenwood Promise offers postsecondary tuition assistance for all Greenwood County high school graduates.

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