Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Trident Technical College (TTC) will launch a new Saturday technology program for Lowcountry youth on its Berkeley Campus this fall thanks to a Google Community Grant.
The TTC Foundation received a $16,500 grant this quarter from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation to support TechSat.
TechSat is a technology program for youth modeled after TTC’s successful “Kids’ College” program. The program will serve youth ages 7 to 16, and be offered free on Saturdays at the Berkeley Campus.
Classes will focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, which are a critical need for youth in the region. A variety of engaging topics, such as mobile gaming, animation, video game design, engineering techniques and computer technology will be covered in the classes.
“Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus is excited to partner with Google to offer this unique and fun technology training to youth in Berkeley County,” said Karen Wrighten, dean of the Berkeley Campus. “The TechSat program is an excellent educational enhancement that promotes quality learning opportunities and hands-on experience in the critical need fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”
TTC will host two sessions a day for two age groups, starting on Oct. 27 with Adventures in Comic Creations for kids ages 7 to 11. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon. A second TechSat class called 3-D Modeling will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Campus in Moncks Corner. This class will be for ages 12 to 16. Other TechSat class dates include Nov. 17, Jan. 25, Feb. 9 and March 16.
“We are excited to pilot the new TechSat program thanks to the support of Google,” said Kim Sturgeon, executive director of the TTC Foundation. “TechSat will address an important need in our community by giving youth opportunities to develop STEM skills.”
Google’s grant support will also allow the TTC Foundation to continue to offer broadband access at the rural sites where Public Computer Centers (PCC) are located. Since the PCCs opened in 2011, more than 7,000 community members have utilized the centers and taken advantage of workshops related to job searching, computer literacy and financial planning.
Established in 1975, the TTC Foundation exists to raise funds to help bridge the gap between needs and resources for TTC students and employees.
For more information about the Google Community Grants Program, go to google.com/datacenter/berkeleycounty and visit the "Community Outreach" page. For more information about TTC’s TechSat program call the Berkeley Campus at (843) 899-8000.