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February 26, 2021                                             Volume 2; Issue 2

Dear DTC Family, 

The spring semester marches on and our students have settled into a rhythm. Our refinement and strengthening of our health and safety posture have served us well. Despite our county having one of the highest COVID rates per capita in the nation, our campus has had minimal impact. We are testing students, faculty, and staff weekly and host free testing for community members five days a week. 

The NJCAA basketball season is off to a running start and both our men's and women's teams continue to be competitive, despite routinely going up against teams that, from an outside view, seemingly have the edge. Already, both teams have a better conference record than they did last year. 

We are making plans for two amazing FREE certification courses that will train those interested in a career in manufacturing in just a few short weeks. This is a great opportunity for young people just getting started, individuals looking for a career change, those who may be out of work due to the current economic climate, or anyone looking to branch into an exciting career in manufacturing. Stay tuned for more details.

This month I was humbled to be named the SC Commission for Minority Affairs 2021 Shining Star. It is an honor and a privilege to be bestowed this award. It is a testament to the hard work the talented and dedicated team at DTC does every day and I am blessed to be at the forefront of the revival that is in full bloom at Denmark Technical College.  

With a little over two months left in the semester, let’s support our students as they look to us for guidance in fulfilling their dreams.  Let’s work to provide great customer service to our students and each other.  You will note that we are still gaining new employees to the DTC family.  Please embrace them as they are here to help DTC soar to new heights. Share your knowledge and borrow knowledge that they bring from their vast experiences. 

Lastly, thank you for all that you have done and will do as we work to improve the overall educational experience for our students.  We all must work to develop strategies to increase enrollment, persistence, and retention.

Forging onward,
Willie L. Todd Jr., Ph.D.
President and CEO

Dr. Donald E. Greene, Jr. 

This month, we are excited to feature Dr. Donald E. Greene, the president of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in our Alumni Spotlight.

Dr. Donald E. Greene, Jr. serves as the visionary leader of the historic Andrew Chapel Baptist Church in Orangeburg, S.C. Since his arrival in 1995, Pastor Greene has accomplished many feats including an unprecedented growth in ministry to over 700 members during his 20-year tenure.

Pastor Greene’s passion for preaching, teaching, and educating individuals of all ages is evident through his extraordinary strides in ministry. In 1998, he established the Andrew Chapel Christian Academy, a fully accredited independent school for children in Pre K – 6th grade. 

In 2006, under Pastor Greene’s visionary leadership, Andrew Chapel successfully launched the Community Church Growth Conference. The conference continues to attract hundreds of participants who engage in dynamic seminars led by nationally recognized preaching practitioners.

Pastor Greene served as host of the Congress of Christian Education for the State of South Carolina in 2001 and again in 2012, helping to bring thousands together to engage in thought-provoking seminars. 

Prior to becoming the 12th pastor of Andrew Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Greene was licensed and ordained at New St. John Baptist Church in Ocala, FL and has served as Pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Flemington, FL.

Pastor Greene also serves on the Board of Directors at Morris College. He is the recipient of the 2011 Unsung Hero Award from the 25th Annual Church and Community Human Relations Awards Banquet. In 2006, the Honorable James E. Clyburn recognized Pastor Greene for a decade of Pastoral Excellence and Exemplary Service to the Community.

We are proud to have this dynamic leader as one of our many successful alumni. 

If you would like to nominate someone for the Alumni Spotlight, please email our alumni manager, Ulysses Williams at williamu@denmarktech.edu.
DTC Head named Commission for Minority Affairs Shining Star 
 

Denmark Technical College President Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr. was named the 2021 Shining Star by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs.  

The CMA started awarding individuals in 2020 during Black History Month. However, this is the first year for the Shining Star award. 

The CMA plans to give the award...

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You can watch Dr. Todd's acceptance speech and Black History Month video here.
Dr. Lamar White, vice president for student services; Jordan Blanding, Homecoming King; Dasia Harden, Homecoming Queen; Dominique Johnson, first runner up; Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr., president and CEO

Despite pandemic, Denmark Tech holds safe, successful homecoming

Denmark Technical College held its annual homecoming celebration, with a few alterations to their usual plans.   

“We usually have a full week of in person activities for both students and alumni alike. This year, with COVID-19 still having a strong grip on the county, we scaled back on our plans and offered a hybrid...

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Check out our updated basketball schedule and make plans to come see our amazing student-athletes in action. (COVID safety precautions strictly enforced.)
DTC Players of the Week
 
Josiah Agnew was the Men's Basketball Player of the week for February 14-20. He scored 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists to help the men with a region win over Spartanburg Methodist.  His contribution helped the men's team to their first region win in two years.  They improve to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in region.
 
Dasia Harden was the Women's Basketball Player of the week for February 14-20. She scored 17 points and collected 10 rebounds in her region debut against Spartanburg Methodist and 18 points and five assists against USC Salkehatchie both in losing efforts. The Lady Panthers are 4-3 overall and 0-1 in region play.
Dr. Todd recently attended Gov. Henry McMaster's press conference to show support for the proposal to add $80M in additional need-based aid to SC's higher education budget. If approved, these funds could open up the future to students across the state who otherwise may not be able to pursue college coursework.
Our faculty and staff had the opportunity to participate in the virtual Tennessee State HBCU C2 Spring 2021 Academy  and are looking forward to putting what they learned into action. Dr. Myles and Ms. Wright-Richards gave an engaging presentation in the storytelling session and it was a huge crowd pleaser. We are looking forward to building our partnership with TSU and Apple.
On February 10, some of our first-time freshmen took advantage of the opportunity to take part in our Rites of Passage ceremony, celebrating their decision to further their educations and to come to DTC. This ceremony reinforces the importance of a college education and helps cement the students' commitment to seeing their educational plans through completion.

Congratulations to our SCTEA Educator of the Year winners


Faculty – Mr. Joe Bush, Welding Instructor
Staff – Ms. Hermeca Lawton, Administrative Specialist II, Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness
Administrator – Mr. Clarence Bonnette, VP for Fiscal Affairs

We are grateful for the contributions these amazing individuals make as a part of the DTC family, each and every day. 
Our core values now adorn the front of Blatt Hall. Just like the building they hang from, they are built on a firm foundation and proud traditions.

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