A 2020 Vision: The Future of Economic and Workforce Development in South Carolina

February 27, 2020 | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


When someone has 20/20 vision, what they see at 20 feet is what should typically be seen at that distance. But as we all know, not everyone has 20/20 vision, which means everyone views what lies ahead of them differently.

Nancy Lee Sánchez, Executive Director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, recently examined the important purpose community colleges serve in the future of workforce development. A key point made is “community colleges are defined differently by those who enroll in them”, in other words, people view community colleges as a pathway towards different goals. Some enroll with the long-term goal of enrolling in a four-year university, others as a way to acquire professional certifications to enhance their breadth of knowledge and skills.

The bottom line is that the system must serve a large range of needs.

By the end of 2020, a new branch of one of South Carolina’s well-known community colleges, Trident Technical College (TTC), will be established in Summerville, SC, located in Dorchester County. Announced in 2019, TTC hopes to open the doors to its Dorchester County Campus by the time fall 2020 classes start.