The College Center (TCC) is housed in a unique collegiate design annex at Gilbert High School, and will start with a freshman cohort of up to 30 students. They will be immersed in a rigorous college-readiness curriculum, paired with high levels of academic and social-emotional support within Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) electives.
The highly structured four-year progression for the students will provide them with the opportunity to earn over 30 credit hours of college credit through a combination of dual enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, at no cost to the students.
In addition to college coursework, TCC will focus on career and community throughout the four-year experience. Students will make connections from their academic work to career exploration and community engagement as part of their experience. The first two years will focus on building the foundations of college-readiness academic skills, goal-setting, and establishing the internal TCC community, while the final two years are for applying these skills in college courses, field studies, college visits, and outreach to the larger, district community.
The goal of the program, which will partner with the University of South Carolina Sumter, other local businesses and community groups, and AVID.org, is to identify students who may benefit from a non-traditional approach to both high school and college-readiness preparation.
Learn more about AVID here.
Brandon L. Baskett
Dean for Higher Education Services