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The Foundation for Growth

Kelli BonieckiCommunity College Month provides us with the opportunity to reflect on what makes the Technical College of the Lowcountry the best investment for all who seek to better themselves as an individual and as a community member.

The Lowcountry’s community college provides students with a place to enjoy our small-town classroom size with a big-city education. We cater our efforts to recognize individual needs while challenging every student’s desire to learn at the same time.

As a native of Beaufort, S.C., the college is dear to my heart as it serves as the foundation for growth for all who live here. No matter what, we are here to support and guide students each and every step of the way while helping facilitate opportunities after they complete their education at TCL.

One could possibly call us the “mother’s apron to life.” We pride ourselves in mentoring success, not only at TCL, but even past the four walls of our college. Each student is accepted, appreciated and seen as an asset in our eyes.

As a faculty member at TCL, I am blessed to have a workplace where I can constantly foster creative opportunities in helping educate students around me. I am blessed to have a workplace where I can serve as a mentor and as a friend in times of need. I am blessed to have a workplace where I can help guide my students in giving back just as we have given to them.

I am blessed to be a part of TCL, the Lowcountry’s best investment.


Kelli Boniecki

Dean, Business & Industrial Technologies

Kelli Boniecki is Dean of the Business and Industrial Technology Divisions and Program Director/Instructor of the Early Care and Education Program at The Technical College of the Lowcountry. She joined TCL as an adjunct in 2004 and came on full-time as an instructor in 2014. She and her husband Dennis reside in Ridgeland, S.C., with their two dogs Annie and Macey.

Valuing Every Student

Regina E. SillettiI heartily support the vital mission of the Technical College of the Lowcountry. It is a welcoming place of learning for students from 16 to 60 and beyond who seek knowledge and skills for employment and life opportunities.

As a college faculty member in Ohio where I taught classes in cultural anthropology, I saw firsthand the positive impact of a community college. Like the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the community college where I taught was a place where small classes and a student-focused environment enabled success in completing coursework.

Whether enrolled in a single class, a certificate program, or a two-year associate degree, students realized their academic and career goals at affordable costs. My classroom was an amazing mix of students including recent high school graduates, those with military service, and young mothers returning to college. I was also pleased to see those students who were getting a jump start on their degree by completing high school requirements while enrolled in college classes. It was a joy for me to teach in such a dynamic learning environment where every student was valued.

When I moved to Beaufort County in 2015, I wanted to continue my educational involvement by supporting local students as a donor to the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Scholarships enable deserving students to access post-secondary studies, often as the first member of their family to attend college. On a personal note, I know how critical scholarships were in helping my brother and sister attain their college degrees.

Today, I am honored to serve on the Foundation Board of the Technical College of the Lowcountry as an advocate for students of all ages and backgrounds. I see enrollment at the Technical College as an important first step towards a brighter future for local students and their families.


Regina E. Silletti
TCL Foundation Board

Regina Silletti is a former professor of anthropology at Owens Community College in Toledo Ohio. She and her husband Harry established the Regina and Harry Silletti Scholarship at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the college’s first full-ride scholarship. The Silletti’s reside on Hilton Head Island.

Let’s Celebrate Community Colleges Like TCL

Grad with Gough 2018April is Community College Month, a time to recognize and spread awareness of the hard work and achievement happening every day on community college campuses like the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, there are more than 12 million students enrolled at community colleges across the country, more than 4,000 at TCL.

Community colleges serve an incredibly diverse student population and put millions of people’s educational and career goals within reach. Open door access, low tuition, and flexible learning environments make college possible for traditional and non-traditional students. Community college graduates are prepared for the workplace or to further their education. Community college alumni fortify the local workforce, bolstering a more productive and competitive economy at all levels.

Throughout this month, we’ll be sharing facts and statistics that demonstrate the real impact of community colleges. In addition, faculty, alumni and community members will share their personal perspectives on TCL and community colleges. Please take the time to read and share with friends and family. Spread awareness of your community college, the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

No Matter What. That’s our motto here at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The saying perfectly embodies the grit and dedication that thrive among TCL’s students, alumni, faculty and staff. I think it reflects the mission of community colleges across the nation.

If you’d like an up-close look at what community colleges like TCL offer, please join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses.


Richard Gough, Ed.D.

Dr. Richard Gough assumed the Presidency at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in January of 2014. Prior to joining TCL, Gough served as the executive vice president at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.  Before beginning his academic career, Gough served 25 years in the United States Marine Corps.


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