#GivingTuesday is Here!

We consider ourselves fortunate to work with so many talented, caring and faithful supporters in the tri-county region who are committed to improving educational outcomes for all students. Thank you for being one of those supporters!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday kicked off the holiday buying season, but today is the worldwide kickoff of the charitable season. It’s Giving Tuesday!

This global holiday celebrates the true meaning of what this season is all about. Last year, more than $177 million was raised across nearly 100 countries.

This year, we hope to see even more generosity! Please join the #GivingTuesday movement and give back to your favorite charities.

How can you participate in Giving Tuesday? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Consider making an online tax-deductible gift to TCCC by clicking here
  • Help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GivingTuesday
  • Post photos and testimony on social media demonstrating why you love TCCC
  • Do something in support of our teachers, schools and colleges

Your support allows us to continue working on our mission. We appreciate whatever you choose to do!


Happy Thanksgiving!

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative office at 6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308 in North Charleston will be closed from Thursday, November 23 through Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

To reach a staff member, please email or call them directly. Contact information for each staff member is listed here.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

CRBJ: Fewer teachers want to be in S.C. classrooms

Patrick Hoff, a staff writer for the Charleston Regional Business Journal, wrote a story about the state’s teacher shortage and included comments from TCCC CEO John C. Read.

Read said no silver bullet exists for solving the problem and that communities need to work together to better support teachers.

“We have to honor the profession, we have to encourage students in math to prepare for a career in teaching, we have to make it rewarding for them,” he said. “Those are the things that we as a community need to do. The school district can’t do it alone; business leaders need to put pressure on the school boards to say, ‘This has to happen, or we’ll take our jobs elsewhere.’”

Click here to read the story or check out the Nov. 13 CRBJ print edition.

Letter to the Editor

TCCC CEO John C. Read and Coastal Community Foundation President and CEO Darrin Goss, Sr., co-authored a Letter to the Editor in today’s edition of The Post & Courier.

The letter addresses the number of articles and letters attacking Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.

“This personalized and vitriolic assault on an individual doing her best in an impossible job has no place in the community’s efforts to improve education attainment or in any civil society.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Chromebook Giveaway!

During the STEM Career Fair last month, we asked students to take a quick survey about the FAFSA. We then put all of the names of the participants in a bucket for a chance to win a FREE Chromebook! Watch the video to see the lucky winner with his prize.

Special thanks to all of the students who took the time to fill out our survey!

If you are or know a high school student, please don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is how you apply for federal grants, work-study funds, student loans and scholarships. If you don’t complete the FAFSA, you could lose out on thousands of dollars to help you pay for college.

If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, you should fill out your FAFSA now!

Here are some tips for completing the FAFSA:

1.) The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov. You should never be asked to pay to complete the FAFSA. It’s always FREE.

2.) Fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and some states and colleges run out of money early. Even if it seems like your school’s deadline is far off in the future, get your FAFSA done ASAP.

3.) It’s important to get an FSA ID (username and password) before filling out the FAFSA form. When you register for an FSA ID, you may need to wait up to three days before you can use it to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Create an FSA ID at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

4.) Colleges can’t see the other schools you’ve added, so you should add ALL colleges you are considering to your FAFSA form, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll apply or be accepted. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.

Kindergarten Readiness Network

On Tuesday, our Kindergarten Readiness Network met at Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston to discuss the Family Connects project, Birth to 8 Framework and proposed state legislation that impacts children.

Special thanks to all of the Network’s participants and Convener, Trident United Way!

To join the Network, contact Kate Buckholz, Trident United Way’s Director of Education Innovation, at kbuckholz@tuw.org  or 843.740.9000.


TCCC will be participating in #GivingTuesday, an international giving campaign, on November 28. We hope you’ll consider donating to us! Stay tuned for more details.