2022 State of the College


Message from the President

Richard Gough

Dear Friends,

We all know that the last few years have been unprecedented as we faced the COVID-19 pandemic, but this time has also led to other unprecedented behavior.

Unparalleled perseverance and remarkable grit have surfaced across our communities and right here at the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Our faculty and staff’s steadfast commitment meant that the college never had to stop its important work. Students have also done their part and remained dedicated and flexible in and out of the classroom. They worked through new challenges and potential delays to ensure their goals didn’t languish. We are so proud of the growth and achievements that have continued.

For example, the class of 2021 included more than 350 graduates who collectively earned more than 450 associate degrees, college diplomas and certificates. Last fall, we welcomed more than 2,100 new and continuing students back to campus. Last November, we opened the Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton’s Buckwalter Place.

I am excited about all that’s in store for 2022. We kicked off the year offering paid tuition and fees for students enrolled in our credit and continuing education programs, thanks to a combination of newly available federal, state and private funding sources.

We’re also expanding TCL Health Sciences programs at the Beaufort Mather Campus; developing more short-term workforce training opportunities through continuing education; creating a centralized Hub for student services; and building a one-of-a-kind Foodseum.

See below or read the full report here to learn more about some of these initiatives as well as other faces and spaces that make TCL so special.

Together, we’ll continue to turn the unprecedented into a positive.

Richard Gough, Ed.D.