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TCL Transitioning Military Training program named finalist for prestigious community college award

January 08, 2015

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Image showing students in the TMT program working on avionics equipmentPhoto: TCL instructor Warren Disbrow (far right) teaches Airframe and Powerplant students how to repair a damaged propeller.


The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Transitioning Military Training (TMT) program has been selected as a finalist in the workforce development category for a prestigious 2015 Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future.


“We are grateful that we have the opportunity to offer this program to our military men and women. The Bellwether Award nomination is a plus and affirms that we are successfully meeting the needs of transitioning military members in the Lowcountry,” TCL President Dr. Richard Gough said


TMT Program Director Paul Merritt agrees. “We are very honored and excited to be recognized for our efforts in training transitioning military members in our community. We know how valuable the program is to our students, and it’s encouraging to see the program be honored,” Merritt said.


The Bellwether Awards, given by the Community College Futures Assembly,  honors cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find worthy of replicating. This year, more than 330 Bellwether applications were considered. Prior to the application process, about 1,000 community college programs were nominated from a wide range of agencies including peer institutions, conferences, and the media. Ten finalists were selected in each of three categories: Instructional Programs and Services; Planning, Governance and Finance; and Workforce Development.


TCL’s TMT program seeks to help military members refine their skills to match the demands of today’s employers. The program currently provides training for aircraft mechanics, avionics technicians, and logisticians as well as placement services.


“Prior service members have a wealth of experience, but often have difficulty landing jobs because they lack certifications that formalize their experience and abilities,” Merritt said. “TCL’s TMT program is helping these service members get the national certification and licensing they need to find employment in the civilian sector.”


All finalists will present at the Assembly on January 26, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category. The winners will be announced on January 27 at the annual meeting in Orlando.


Learn more about TCL’s TMT program at



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