National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Members of the TCCC staff and Board of Directors attended the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Gaillard Center. The S.C. Lowcountry Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized outstanding achievements by local individuals, foundations, small businesses and corporate philanthropists who form a vital partnership with nonprofit organizations to ensure that the needs of its citizens are being met.

Post and Courier investigates S.C. public education system

Huge thanks to The Post and Courier for the “Minimally Adequate” series, an eight-month investigation by five journalists about South Carolina’s public education system. The newspaper also hosted an Inside Business Live event on education and invited TCCC CEO John C. Read to serve as a panelist.

“Lawmakers hold the power to enact change. But the crisis-driven Legislature can’t agree where to start as its attention wanders to myriad other issues. Less than a quarter of lawmakers actually have children in public schools, a Post and Courier poll determined. … Still, The Post and Courier surveyed the South Carolina Statehouse this year and found no clear consensus on the most pressing issues in education. Some lawmakers cited teacher pay; others, classroom spending. Still others wanted to focus on building maintenance, school consolidations and other concerns.”

TCCC is advocating for the systemic education reform referenced in this powerful, must-read series:

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Steeplechase of Charleston

Special thanks to The Randolph Company for choosing Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative to serve as the official charity partner for the 2018 Steeplechase of Charleston, held on Nov. 11 at The Racetrack at Stono Ferry!

If you missed the race, you can still help support TCCC by attending the upcoming Steeplechase of Charleston Charity Gala on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Hibernian Hall (105 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401).

This black-tie optional event will feature silent & live auctions, a delicious dinner, live music and a chance to support TCCC’s work. 100% of all proceeds raised at the event will go directly to TCCC, and we hope you will join us!

Click here to buy tickets.


Regional school district leaders meet with TCCC as Lowcountry Education Consortium

From left: Berkeley County School District Chief Academic Officer Kevin O’Gorman, Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait, Dorchester School District Two Superintendent Joe Pye, Berkeley County School District Superintendent Eddie Igram, Dorchester School District Four Superintendent Morris Ravenell and Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative CEO John C. Read meet.


The four regional superintendents (from Berkeley County School District, Charleston County School District, Dorchester School District Two and Dorchester School District Four) meet monthly with Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative as the Lowcountry Education Consortium (LCEC).

Combined, the districts serve approximately 100,000 students. Together, the LCEC is currently collaborating on two projects:

  • The LCEC recognized principal development as a common need among their districts. For the past year, they have been collaborating on the development of a training program at The Citadel to create a pipeline for aspiring principals. Three organizations from around the country that run evidence-based programs focused on training effective principals presented plans to the superintendents and their representatives. The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership was selected. The LCEC is now in the process of getting a final proposal from the center and making fundraising plans. More details will be released at a later date.
  • Members of the LCEC share the common goal of ensuring that students are “future ready,” as defined by both academic standards and the skills identified by the local business community in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Common Skills in High Demand report. The report outlines the core expectations for entry-level positions within various career clusters and determines both the specific academic skills and the performance level of those skills requested for “readiness” in those jobs. The LCEC is working on ways to embed these skills into the PreK-12th grade school curricula and begin redesigning other aspects of the system (e.g., teacher professional development, instructional coaching, classroom observation, after school and summer activities) to reflect these new expectations.