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PILAU — What’s it all about?


Stand up for yourself. Are you man enough to commit to your cause, learn a little and change your life forever? Or do you think you know it all and don’t need help? Stand up for yourself: for what you want, your education and your future with PILAU.
PILAU (pronounced per-low) stands for Promoting Integrity, Leadership, Academics and cultural Understanding. Why are we here? One reason. To help you help yourself. By supporting guys like you on their journey to obtain a degree from TCL, PILAU enables its members to reach their full potential as students and future leaders. So go ahead, take a stand by taking a seat. You’re not sitting alone.

More about PILAU:

PILAU (Promoting Integrity, Leadership, Academics and cultural Understanding), named after a popular Lowcountry rice dish, is a federally funded program designed to improve the educational outcomes of African-American men enrolled in the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). The program creates a learning community that supports academic success, progression, persistence and completion outcomes.


PILAU offers intensive academic interventions to ensure students’ success in securing an associate degree through full-time enrollment at TCL. Participants develop leadership skills, successfully complete courses, enhance self-esteem and pride, and gain a better cultural understanding of Gullah and area communities. Additionally, the program piloted a learning program to immerse participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset, designed to consider a business as a viable and accessible career option.

For more information:

Call the office at 843-470-6040 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday (Office fully staffed), and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Office lightly staffed after 11:30 a.m.).


Office Location:


TCL Beaufort Campus

Building 2 — Coleman Hall, Suite 243


  • PILAU will offer our regular services, including book and laptop loans, until the end of the Summer 2015 semester. 
  • From August 5 to September 30, PILAU will offer limited services (academic advisement, quiet study space, enrollment assistance, referrals to appropriate departments, etc.) to all participants in the program. 
  • September 30 will be the last day of the PILAU program at TCL.

Learn more:    



Click on these videos to learn more about TCL's PILAU program.


upcoming events


Click HERE for the PILAU Resources page with events calendar, or stop by the PILAU Office for more information.