SC college notes, Dec. 1

December 1, 2013 

Trident Technical College plans new center

Trident Technical College plans a new aeronautical training center in North Charleston.

The proposed $79 million center is designed to support the aeronautics industry in the area.

Boeing has a plant in North Charleston that builds the 787 Dreamliner jets. The college center would train workers for Boeing and its suppliers.

Plans for the new center follow Boeing’s commitment to invest another $1 billion and add 2,000 workers in the next eight years.

Trident Tech offers four aircraft-related degrees or certificate programs – aircraft maintenance, aircraft assembly, avionics maintenance and basic industrial work skills.

The building would include classroom and laboratory space, as well as a 50,000 square foot bay to accommodate aircraft, large aircraft parts and training equipment.

There’s no word on when the new facility might be ready.

The Associated Press

The Citadel names new CFO

Lt. Col. Joseph Garcia has been selected as vice president of finance and chief financial officer for The Citadel. Garcia, who retired from the U.S. Air Force after 28 years, most recently worked as CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

He will replace Thomas J. Elzey, who left the position to become president of South Carolina State University.

Former astronaut to speak at Furman

Charles Duke, a former South Carolina resident and astronaut, will speak at the Upcountry History Museum, operated by Furman University, on Thursday.

Duke served as lunar module pilot for the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. He was the 10th man to walk on the moon.

The talk will be at 8 p.m. in the resource room of the museum, 540 Buncombe St., Greenville. There will be a reception at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 each or $125 per couple, or $125 per couple for museum members. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s general fund.

Compiled by Rebekah Friedman

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