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.


Less than a month remains until FAFSA deadline

The deadline is approaching to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students planning to attend college in the 2019-2020 school year must submit the FAFSA by June 30 at the official government site www.FAFSA.gov.

Filling out the FAFSA is the first step for students to access federal grants and loans as well as both state and institutional grants and scholarships. These funds can be used to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. The funding accessed by completing the FAFSA is a pivotal part in many students’ decision to attend college.

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s (TCCC) Future Ready Network launched the College Cash Campaign last year to provide supports for tri-county high schools during the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the campaign is to increase FAFSA completion and college enrollment rates in regional high schools.

Over the past three years, more than 7,600 tri-county high school graduates did not enroll in college, and they are unlikely to qualify for the 60% of S.C. jobs that require a postsecondary credential.

“Education attainment is the most assured vehicle for social mobility. To meet the needs of the future workforce and improve economic mobility for youth in our region, more students need to pursue and complete a postsecondary degree or credential,” said Sarah Piwinski, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s Director of Data Management and Analysis. “Many students choose not to pursue postsecondary education because they believe they cannot afford to enroll. Funds accessed by the FAFSA can help make college more affordable.”

TCCC staff support have been working alongside school guidance counselors, administrators and teachers to build a college-going culture, host financial aid literacy workshops and outreach events, and provide FAFSA completion and college application assistance.

“It is important for families to know that they should submit a FAFSA whether they think they will qualify for aid or not,” Piwinski said. “For students to have access to federal loans, grants and work-study programs, the FAFSA is required.”

Students and parents with FAFSA-related questions should contact their school’s guidance department, call the federal student aid toll-free hotline at 1-800-433-3243 or visit TCCC’s College Cash Campaign webpage at http://tricountycradletocareer.org/college-cash-campaign.

CRBJ Power Breakfast to focus on TCCC’s Regional Education Report

The Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Power Breakfast on Thursday, June 27 will focus on Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s recently released Regional Education Report.

This report, titled “Disruption,” identifies how inequity shows itself across the cradle-to-career continuum and provides actions and disruptions that are needed to cause public education to support the success of every child from birth.

Event details:

When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 27

Where: North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Drive

Cost: $45

Tickets: Click here

Kindergarten Readiness Network reviews Birth to 8 Framework

Special thanks to those who attended today’s Kindergarten Readiness Network meeting!

Attendees reviewed the most recent kindergarten readiness data and a draft version of the network’s Birth to 8 Framework, which will be used to guide the group’s work going forward.

The purpose of the Kindergarten Readiness Network is to ensure children entering kindergarten in the tri-county region arrive to school prepared and ready to learn. To join the network and/or to learn more, please contact LaTisha Vaughn at LaTisha@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.

Mission Critical – North Charleston’s final meeting will be held June 4

Thank you to those who attended the Mission Critical – North Charleston meeting on May 14 at North Charleston High School.
The next and final community meeting is scheduled for 6 until 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at North Charleston High School, located at 1087 East Montague Avenue. View a flyer for the meeting here.
Please share the flyer with your contacts, especially parents, in hopes they will attend the final meeting for the Mission Critical – North Charleston process.
Thetyka Robinson, Co-facilitator                            John C. Read, Co-facilitator

Group changes name to Future Ready Network

TCCC’s High School Graduation Network, co-convened by Jessica Jackson at The Boeing Company and Cathy Almquist at Trident Technical College, has changed its name and expanded its focus to include college enrollment and persistence.

The network’s new name is the Future Ready Network, and its goal is to ensure all students are prepared for their future beyond high school by: increasing the number of students who are ready for enrollment in post-secondary education, career employment and/or enlistment in the military; and making a student’s chosen pathway a reality.

The network met on Thursday, May 23 at Trident Technical College to prioritize project work for 2019 and assemble project teams. The next Future Ready Network meeting will be held in September. For more information and to join the network, please contact Sarah Piwinski at Sarah@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.


In the fall of 2018, the network launched the College Cash Campaign to provide support to the region’s high schools to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is now only about one month remaining until the June 30 FAFSA deadline!

As part of the College Cash Campaign, incentives and awards will be given to area high schools and students. Academic Magnet and Burke High School are the region’s first schools to be recognized for reaching a 50% FAFSA completion rate. Congratulations to these schools for their hard work and dedication to college access!


The Citadel hosting Calculus professional development workshop

The Citadel is hosting a professional development workshop for educators at the high school and college levels to support Calculus readiness.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at The Citadel’s Thompson Hall. Continental breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be catered.

Registration: http://bit.ly/ProConv2019

Directions: http://www.citadel.edu/root/directions-maps

Parking: At the front or back of Thompson Hall, Grimsley Hall or Jenkins Hall

Campus map: http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/PD_Precalculus_Workshop/MAP_Thompson.pdf

For more information: http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/PD_Precalculus_Workshop/PD_Precalculus_Readiness_Calculus.html

Coastal Community Foundation hosts Philanthropic Engagement series

Special thanks to Coastal Community Foundation for inviting TCCC CEO John C. Read to participate in a panel discussion on education during CCF’s Philanthropic Engagement series on May 14 at Blackbaud! 

Berkeley Independent: Applications due May 10 for art scholarship

Thanks to the Berkeley Independent for sharing details about the StriveTogether art scholarship!

Because of the work of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC), students in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are eligible to apply. Applications are due by May 10.

Read the Berkeley Independent story at: https://www.berkeleyind.com/community-news/barnes-applications-due-may-for-art-scholarship/article_0dd5363a-6d09-11e9-a701-6fb2377ccd04.html.


Mission Critical – North Charleston meeting planned for May 14th

To Members of the North Charleston Community:

As most of you are aware, the Garrett Academy closure announcement had made it necessary to “pause” the Mission Critical work in North Charleston while we sought clarification of the announcement from the superintendent and school board members.

There is agreement on all sides that the district could have made more effective use of this process in releasing the Garrett information and may yet do so in addressing what happens next with that facility and for those families.

We would now like to re-start the Mission Critical – North Charleston process. The previously scheduled meeting on May 7 has been rescheduled to May 14. We will meet from 6:00 until 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at North Charleston High School (1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston).

We are especially interested in gathering input and feedback from parents, so we encourage you to help us spread the word by sharing this with your family, friends and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you then!


John C. Read, Co-facilitator               Thetyka Robinson, Co-facilitator