CCSD listening sessions went well

Our CEO, John C. Read, wrote an opinion piece for The Post & Courier about Charleston County School District’s recent listening sessions.

John had the privilege to facilitate five of the sessions. Click here to read about his takeaways.

Please join us at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative is sponsoring an Open House at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood, and community members are encouraged to attend.

The school has shown impressive success in its first three years of operation. With the fourth year already underway, the Open House will give community members the chance to tour the facility and learn about the key factors essential to its achievements from school staff and parents.

“Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative has been following Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood’s progress over the years, and we’re encouraged by what we see,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “We want the public to see not only that every child can learn, but also how it’s done in one neighborhood Title I school.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood
2685 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 Click here for directions.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page.

Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood is a free, public neighborhood school made possible through a public-private partnership between Charleston County School District and Meeting Street Schools. Opened in 2014 to grades Pre-K3 through third, it has grown by a grade each year and in 2018 will serve more than 600 students in Pre-K3 through fifth grade.

The school is open to all families in the district-drawn attendance zone and primarily serves those from under-resourced households. Its students significantly outperform those of similar backgrounds in surrounding schools.

Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

Our CEO, John C. Read, wrote an opinion piece for Charleston Currents on the FAFSA.

A year ago, with support from The InterTech Group, we created the FAFSA Pilot Project. We chose five high schools with the lowest FAFSA completion and highest poverty rates in our region, and we went to work.

One year later, FAFSA completion at Burke High, Cross High, North Charleston High, R.B. Stall High and St. John’s High has increased by more than 20 percentage points to 48%, and they’re not done yet.

Read the full story here:

TCCC’s FAFSA Pilot Project surpasses target

The FAFSA Pilot Project, an initiative of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, has met and surpassed its target, resulting in a 20-percentage point jump in FAFSA completions at five local high schools over the past year.

Read more about our great news here:

We’ve Moved

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative team has relocated to the third floor of the Trident United Way building.

Please update our address in your records:
6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308
North Charleston, S.C. 29406

Special thanks to Clemson’s Restoration Institute for hosting us over the past year!

TCCC announces new Convener for High School Graduation Network

The Boeing Company has agreed to serve as Convener for Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s High School Graduation Network, replacing the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, which stepped down from the post in May.

“We at Boeing are firm believers that all members of the community can and should be engaged in assuring high-quality education for all students and college and career readiness for our high school graduates,” Boeing South Carolina Senior Manager of Global Corporate Citizenship Jessica Jackson said. “We must ensure that students develop and learn the skills needed to work in a globally competitive environment. The High School Graduation Network is already working hard to achieve that vision, and we look forward to participating in this new capacity.”

Jackson will chair the Guiding Team and the High School Graduation Network when it convenes in September.

To read more about our new Convener, visit: 

Kindergarten Readiness Network Says ‘Yes’

Today the Kindergarten Readiness Network voted overwhelmingly to proceed into the due-diligence period with Family Connects, an evidence-based program that’s intended to serve all families with newborns in the region.

Through Family Connects, nurses visit newborns and their families at their homes in the first three months of life to connect them with community resources and health care providers.

Intensive planning for the program will take place over the next nine months during the due diligence period, and we have already received commitments from Trident United Way and The Duke Endowment to fund the work.

Welcome, new board members!

Our Board of Directors voted today to add two new board members!

Welcome to the team:

  • Scott Sharp, TD Bank
  • Laura Varn, Community Volunteer

Volvo Car Group executive joins Tri-County Cradle to Career board

We’ve added a new board member and two staff members!

Katarina Fjording has been elected to the TCCC Board of Directors. Fjording is the Vice President,
Purchasing and Manufacturing, Americas, for Volvo Car Group.

Alexa Stephens, who has been serving as TCCC’s Director of Data Management and Analysis, has
accepted a new position to oversee TCCC’s community engagement work as Director of Strategy and
Community Insight.

Sarah Piwinski has joined the staff as the Director of Data Management and Analysis, filling the vacancy
left by Stephens.

Ashley Heffernan has joined the staff as the Director of Communication and Administration, replacing
Amy Asper, who has decided to return to part-time employment.

Read more about our new additions here: