DTC shows appreciation

Denmark Technical College still had the Thanksgiving spirit as it recognized area educators who encourage high school students to higher learning and technical educations.
On Dec. 2, DTC hosted the Tri-County Business Alliance school counselors’ appreciation luncheon at the main campus of DTC in Denmark.
“Part of it was about the college and the programs we’ve got and part of it was to show appreciation for what they do,” said Joseph Bias, the DTC director of articulation. Bias acts as a liaison to the seven high schools in the DTC service counties of Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell to stay attuned to what curriculum the schools are offering and how DTC can coordinate with them.
The event attracted about a dozen guidance counselors and several principals or assistant principals from five high schools. High schools represented included: Allendale-Fairfax High, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High, Denmark-Olar High and the Barnwell County Career Center.
Each guidance counselor received an appreciation certificate and some DTC souvenirs.
Overall the event was attended by about 25 people, including DTC president Dr. Michael M. Townsend Sr.; Tonya Thomas, the DTC enrollment dean; Avis Gathers, the DTC student services dean, Dr. Ambrish Lavania, the DTC dean of industrial and related technologies, Colleen Whtestone, the DTC dean of transitional studies and Ronald Geohaghan, the DTC director of counseling.
“It has been the most successful one by far,” Bias said. “Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School said it was the most welcomed they had ever felt.”
To give a special emphasis on the event, Bias hand-delivered invitations to the guests, he said.
For Bias, it was also a good time to network with the area high school administrators and staff, some of whom he had met before, but others he had not, he said.