2019 Workforce Development Salute

2019 Workforce Development Salute - October 3, 2019

Thanks to all who joined us at the 2019 Workforce Development Salute.  The Workforce Development Salute is one of the premier events in our community with more than 400 business and community leaders in attendance.

2019 Honorees: The Greenville Tech Foundation was proud to honor Dodie Anderson, the Jolley Foundation, and Lockeed Martin this year for their significant support of Greenville Technical College. Together, these honorees have funded programs that benefit more than 3,000 students annually and contributed more than $3.5 million to the Greenville Tech Foundation.

Dodie Anderson

Enrolling at Greenville Technical College as an adult, Dodie Anderson was hesitant to return to the classroom, having been told in high school that college wasn't for her. In her first class at Greenville Tech, she found support from a history professor who built her confidence and showed her that she belonged on a college campus after all. Earning an associate degree at Greenville Technical College in 1979, Anderson transferred to what was then USC Spartanburg, completing a bachelor's degree. The knowledge she gained allowed Dodie and her husband, Bob, to transform their plywood manufacturing company into Anderson Hardwood Flooring, a well-known name in flooring products. Dodie, who calls Greenville Tech "my college," has been a strong supporter of higher education with gifts to Greenville Technical College, USC, and USC Upstate. In 2018, she announced a $2 million gift to Greenville Tech, helping the college create the Dreisbach/Anderson Student Success Center, a location for the services students will need to begin their educational journeys and continue successfully, just as she did.

Jolley Foundation

The Jolley Foundation has been one of Greenville Technical College's most ardent and generous supporters for more than 20 years. The Jolley Foundation's mission of advancing efforts to eliminate the root causes and effects of poverty and discrimination is a clear fit for the college's mission of transforming lives through education. The Jolley Foundation's support of over $645,000 has been instrumental in the success of our students through the Jolley Family Scholarship, Bridges to a Brighter Future Endowed Scholarship, Health Sciences and Machine Tool Technology equipment purchases, and student emergency funds. In the words of a Jolley Family Scholarship recipient, "It is because of the investment that you made into the students of Greenville Tech that gives those who might not be able to afford higher education a fighting chance to compete in the world." The Jolley Foundation continues to be a champion for our students by providing financial support to achieve economic mobility through education.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been a committed partner and investor of the Greenville Tech Foundation and Greenville Technical College since 1994. Over the past 25 years, Lockheed Martin has supported the college and our students with gifts valued in excess of $568,500. The global aerospace leader has supported a variety of efforts, including the Lockheed Martin Aircraft Maintenance Endowed Scholarship, which has helped create a workforce pipeline of individuals with the highest caliber of aviation maintenance skills. The company has also provided generous funding for computer training, equipment and additional support for the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program. Thanks to Lockheed Martin's support, Greenville Technical College has Student Veterans Centers on the Barton Campus and three satellite locations. These centers serve as a place for our student veterans to make a successful transition from military life to college. Lockheed Martin's commitment to education and workforce development is obvious in its gifts that create opportunities for students who will in turn strengthen the state's aerospace and technical industries.