Technical school opens new ‘soft skills’ center
Midlands Technical College offers students courses in jobs ranging from dental hygienists to electrical technicians.
But educators and employers say many students also need to learn non-technical skills like time management, proper communication skills, and basic financial literacy.
A recent $1 million gift is helping the technical college set up a new center to work with its students learn on such life skills.
Martha Hanks, dean of the school’s health sciences, says the workplace is like entering another culture, and workers have to adapt.
The $1 million donation establishing the center comes from Bill and Lou Kennedy, who recently built Nephron Pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant in nearby Lexington County.
Columbia International University receives gift
Columbia International University is the recipient of a gift of $1 million from a life insurance policy funded by Harry Dent Jr. and the late Harry and Betty Dent.
CIU president William Jones says the gift from the Dents provides $250,000 for a building fund and $750,000 for a scholarship fund.
Alcohol education grant in use at The Citadel
The Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center at The Citadel educates cadets about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The Citadel was recently awarded the NCAA CHOICES grant which will provide funding through 2017 to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.
The school will receive the maximum award of $30,000 with payments made in annual installments of $15,000 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $5,000 for the third.
Staff Reports and The Associated Press contributed.