TCCC announces Phyllis Martin as new CEO

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative announces the appointment of Phyllis Martin as its next chief executive officer (CEO).

Martin joins TCCC after three years as the vice president of Community Impact for the United Way of Northeastern Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to that, Martin served as the vice president of Impact Strategies for the United Way of Greenville County in Greenville, S.C. She is replacing John C. Read who has served as CEO for the past five years and had advised TCCC’s board one year ago of his intent to step down.

“I am very pleased that Phyllis has agreed to take the helm of our organization and continue the work to assure that every child, from cradle to career is able to succeed,” said TCCC Board Chair Anita Zucker.  “Phyllis’ experiences working in leadership positions for large, regional United Way organizations will serve her well in connecting with education stakeholders in the Lowcountry.”

Darrin Goss, CEO of Coastal Community Foundation who chaired the TCCC CEO search committee, said Martin stood out as someone with a distinctive ability to build lasting relationships throughout the community given her experience across multiple sectors.

Martin was elected CEO at the board meeting held October 16 and will also serve as a member of the board of directors. She will step into her new role effective November 18.

The 2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching award winners announced

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s (TCCC) Math Pathways Project Team (MPPT) announced the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching awards at a dinner celebration on Monday, October 14 at Charleston Southern University. To honor and recognize mathematics teachers and administrators who work tirelessly to train our future work force, MPPT recognized 38 nominees with 16 winners receiving a trophy and a financial award for professional development.

The event brought together 175 people, many of them math professionals from across the four county school districts serving the greater Charleston area, as well other professionals and family members who wanted to honors these teachers.

The keynote speaker was Marc Drews, Director of Strategic Partnerships, EdVenture Children’s Museum, and a past Mathematics teacher who began his career in the Charleston area. Other speakers included Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group Inc. and Chair of the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative Board of Directors; Jessica Jackson, Director of Global Engagement, The Boeing Company; Dr. Dondi Costin, President of Charleston Southern University; Dr. Karen Fonkert, Mathematics professor at Charleston Southern University; John Cooper, convener of TCCC’s Math Pathways Project Team, and John Read, CEO of TCCC.

The 2019 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching award winners and their award categories are listed below. Visit the event page for additional information on winners and nominees.

Jeremy Osborne (Elementary), Berkeley County School District

Jackie Danko (Middle School), Berkeley County School District

Accalia Bailey (High School), Berkeley County School District

Elizabeth Ball (Professional), Berkeley County School District

Sarah Coleman (Elementary), Charleston County School District

Cathy DeMers (Middle School), Charleston County School District

Jenell Riley (High School), Charleston County School District

Nicholas Reece (Professional), Charleston County School District

Melissa Odom (Elementary), Dorchester School District Two

Ariana Mitchell (Middle School), Dorchester School District Two

Ashley Jacobs (High School), Dorchester School District Two

Dr. Malia Dunn (Professional), Dorchester School District Two

Ivory Howard (Elementary), Dorchester School District Four

Rebecca Steedley (Middle School), Dorchester School District Four

Brittany Wright Sibert (High School), Dorchester School District Four

Nicole Bryant (Professional), Dorchester School District Four

 

Local student artist wins StriveTogether scholarship

TCCC CEO John Read congratulates Aileen Shi for winning a StriveTogether Art Inspires scholarship.

We’re excited to announce that Aileen Shi, a student artist in our community, has been selected for StriveTogether’s 2019 Art Inspires scholarship! As a winner of this national award, she’ll have her art displayed at StriveTogether’s Cincinnati headquarters.

Clicke here to take a look at her work and learn more about the StriveTogether Art Inspires winners. Congratulations Aileen!

Thank you to our summer interns

It has been such a pleasure to have Riley Haas and Caroline Vail as interns with Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative for eight weeks this summer. The interns came to TCCC as participants of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders program.

Haas and Vail worked on a number of projects and brought a fresh perspective on how to reach students.

The Student Leaders program is a significant component of Bank of America’s commitment to strengthening the economic and social health of communities. At its core, Student Leaders is designed to help develop the next generation of community leaders.

Haas is senior this year at Academic Magnet High School. Within the school environment, Riley is a member of many service clubs and organizations, including Key Club, Freshmen Peer Mentoring and National Honor Society.

Vail is a senior at Porter-Gaud School. She is involved in cheerleading, drama productions, mock trial teams, Model United Nations and the Senior Leadership Council.

 

TCCC submits position statements on education reform to SC legislators

In response to a legislative request for input on education reform measures, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative sent South Carolina legislators its views on what goals and guiding principles must be in place for overhauling the state’s education system.

Legislation S419, which is under consideration by the Senate Education Committee, proposes several measures to improve education statewide, and the committee has asked for input from key education stakeholders. The SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (RFA) Office also has sought comments on its May, 2019 Report on education funding reform.

TCCC recommends that legislators first establish a clear “Goal” statement for public education that goes beyond the “Profile of the South Carolina Graduate” by adding clearly defined achievement goals for education attainment as well as progress measures to assure that students receive a college- or career-ready education.

TCCC also identifies what it believes are the critical elements necessary for the successful achievement of an education goal, including equitable funding, effective leadership, highly effective teaching and universal early childhood education.

“Setting a goal for K-12 public education and assuring the success of our students is public policy at the highest level and should be set by the General Assembly,” said Anita Zucker, TCCC board chairman and CEO of The InterTech Group.

In this submission, TCCC also proposes a set of principles to bound and guide the work of redesigning education funding. Responding to the RFA Report, TCCC states that reform measures must consider funding equity down to the student level so that resources “flow through districts, schools and classrooms to students with the greatest needs.” Currently,

models under consideration go only to the district level and rely on “averages” that can mask wide disparities in student needs. TCCC’s recommended principles also call for stabilized funding that is less susceptible to economic fluctuations and affords greater flexibility for local school administrators.

“Revenues that support schools are far too complex, siloed and cyclical to be reliable, let alone sufficient to support the student-centered equity public education needs,” said John Read, TCCC’s CEO.

TCCC believes statutory goals and principles should first be established in order to provide a framework for the education and education funding reform efforts which it hopes will be taken up by the General Assembly in the coming months. Read informed Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree that TCCC would be submitting its comments on S.419 to the committee in the coming weeks, based on these goals and principles.

Read TCCC’s Goals and Education Funding Submission to Legislators

TCCC welcomes Marcus Trinidad as AmeriCorps VISTA member

Marcus Trinidad

Marcus Trinidad

Marcus Trinidad, a recent graduate of Oregon State University (OSU), has joined Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative for the next year as a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member.

Trinidad is one of 19 VISTA members who serve under the auspices of the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, which manages the local AmeriCorps VISTA grant program. Organizations around Charleston county were invited to apply to the city and were chosen to host a VISTA member if they met the necessary requirements.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, mobilizes its members to fight poverty by focusing on education, health and economic opportunity. The program seeks to help organizations, agencies and nonprofits build sustainable systems, improve capacity and operate in an integrated and collaborative manner that allow them to better serve their clients.

Trinidad’s focus at TCCC will be to work collectively and collaboratively with Tri-County schools and relevant stakeholders to develop a comprehensive and sustainable strategy that supports a regional college-going culture. A main area of focus will be to improve knowledge and awareness of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) among school district staff and the community at large. TCCC’s FAFSA project seeks to increase the number of local high school students, especially from low income families, who apply for financial assistance for post-secondary education.

Trinidad graduated in May from OSU with bachelor’s degrees in mathematical economics and political science and a minor in statistics. He most recently served as the editor-in-chief for the national-award winning school newspaper The Daily Barometer.

Additionally, Trinidad gained government experience interning for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and for Portland’s Black Male Achievement initiative. He also previously worked on community social justice issues and a first-year college student peer mentorship at OSU as a Community Relations Facilitator.

After his AmeriCorps VISTA service, Trinidad plans on attending graduate school to pursue a master’s in public policy.

Charleston Regional Business Journal hosts Power Breakfast on education

Special thanks to the Charleston Regional Business Journal for hosting a Power Breakfast today on education.

Panelists included:

  • David GinnPresident & CEO, Charleston Regional Development Alliance
  • Dr. Gerrita PostlewaitSuperintendent, Charleston County School District
  • The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers IIIPastor, Charity Missionary Baptist Church
  • Laura VarnVice President of People & Culture and Communications, Parkland USA

Two high school students join TCCC for summer internship

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative was selected by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to host two Student Leaders this summer for an eight-week internship program.

The Student Leaders program is a significant component of Bank of America’s commitment to strengthening the economic and social health of communities. At its core, Student Leaders is designed to help develop the next generation of community leaders.

TCCC’s Student Leaders are Riley Haas and Caroline Vail:

Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley Haas is a rising senior at Academic Magnet High School. Within the school environment, Riley is a member of many service clubs and organizations, including Key Club, Freshmen Peer Mentoring and National Honor Society.

Within the community, Riley volunteers with the Read365 Program, and she loves the opportunity to promote reading and build her student’s future school career. In addition, Riley plays club soccer for South Carolina United FC in Columbia, S.C., and for the varsity high school team, with aspirations to play in college.

Riley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, paddle boarding and playing indoor soccer in Charleston. In the future, Riley wants to pursue a career in the healthcare field.


Caroline Vail

Caroline Vail

Caroline Vail is a rising senior at Porter-Gaud School. She is involved in cheerleading, drama productions, mock trial teams, Model United Nations and the Senior Leadership Council.

She is interested in social change and hopes to study Social Science and Spanish in college. Caroline also currently volunteers with Read365 at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood and is dedicated to making an impact on her community before leaving for college.

For this reason, she is excited to continue to work with TCCC this summer and to better understand their role in the community in the process.

TCCC Board of Directors welcomes Hsu, Walters

Two college presidents joined the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative Board of Directors on June 19.

Andrew Hsu, Ph.D.

Andrew Hsu, Ph.D.

College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., and The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), were both elected to three-year terms.

Hsu was selected as the college’s 23rd president in November 2018 and formally took office in May. Before joining the college, he was the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Toledo.

He also previously served as the Dean of Engineering at San Jose State University and as the Associate Vice President for Research and the Dean of the Graduate School at Wright State University.

Hsu earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Walters joined The Citadel in October 2018 as the institution’s 20th president. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he served nearly 40 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, including as the Assistant Commandant, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.)

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.)

He also previously served as Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Afghanistan and Deputy Director of the Joint Staff J-8.

Walters’ military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Star, the Air Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel.

“I am proud to welcome Dr. Hsu and Gen. Walters to the board. Our institutions of higher education play a pivotal role in the work we at TCCC do to improve the quality of life of citizens in this region,” said Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group and chair of the TCCC Board of Directors. “I’m confident that their experience, leadership and support will help guide us in the years ahead.”

The following individuals recently retired from the board: Carol Fishman, community volunteer; Will Helmly, Home Telecom; Frances Welch, College of Charleston; Julie Medich, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; and Rodney Thompson, retired educator. Their participation and commitment were greatly appreciated, and their leadership will be missed.

CSU hosting STEM day for middle, high school students

Charleston Southern University is hosting a STEM Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 26 for middle and high school students.

To register or to learn more, contact Ryan Thomas at rthomas@csuniv.edu.