The Greenville Tech Foundation’s Champions for Student Success event (formerly the Workforce Development Salute) is one of the premier events in our community.
This annual signature fundraising event honors and recognizes community businesses, individuals, and partners for their significant support of the education and student success efforts of Greenville Technical College. Proceeds from this event provide unrestricted resources in support of the Greenville Tech Foundation mission.
On November 1, 2022 over 150 business and community leaders joined us as we honored:
With significant support of the Greenville Tech Foundation and Greenville Technical College spanning two decades, Bank of America is committed to impacting the economic mobility of our students through scholarships, strategic program support, and additions to campus facilities. Cumulative gifts totaling over $329,000 have led the way in ensuring that our students have unique, meaningful opportunities that will prepare them to succeed and join our local workforce after graduation.
Through support of the College’s “Quick Jobs With a Future” program, Bank of America has enabled working adults, or those in occupational transition, to quickly obtain skills matching the needs of local business and industry. The Quick Jobs program offers training and certifications that are skills specific and job preparatory with most courses lasting three months or less. By offering simulated real-world learning environments, opportunities for hands-on experience, and small classes held at convenient times and locations – at affordable prices – this program has helped countless community residents gain opportunities for employment and upward mobility.
Bank of America has made a significant investment in one of Greenville Technical College’s most exciting initiatives: The African American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMSI). With community college students who are men of color facing a wider array of hurdles than their peers, Greenville Technical College launched the AAMSI program in 2019 to increase their academic success rates. Gifts from community partners, including Bank of America, helped provide intensive case management and personalized support services to help participants overcome barriers, develop academic and career pathways, and graduate on time. In its pilot year, the college saw a dramatic increase in the retention rates of African American male participants, an upward trend that has continued in subsequent years, along with outstanding academic performance including Dean’s List and President’s List designations for a number of AAMSI scholars.
Bank of America has always been quick to respond generously when the college has expressed a need for facilities expansion to better serve our students. When the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) was built adjacent to CU-ICAR, Bank of America enthusiastically supported the construction of the new facility and recognized the value in the partnership between education, industry, and community partners in producing a world-class training environment for our local workforce. Offering machine tool technology, CNC machining, CAD design, and mechatronics through Greenville Technical College’s associate degree and certificate programs, along with the state’s first applied bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology, as well as a variety of corporate training and continuing education options, CMI is providing a launchpad for local students who are seeking opportunities for lucrative manufacturing careers.
Bank of America once again answered the call from Greenville Technical College as they put together plans for their newest creation: The Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center, which opened in 2020. Recognized with the naming of the Bank of America lobby at CHI, this gift helped us create a state-of-the-art facility designed to deliver quick jobs training, recreational classes for home cooks, and corporate team-building opportunities in the heart of Greenville’s west end.
With a commitment to economic mobility in the Upstate, Bank of America has changed the lives of our students – one individual at a time. Their generosity and passion for helping community members find pathways to success is a model for corporate support at the local level and deserving of the champions of student success designation.
Arthur “Buddy” Wallace was one of the quiet and humble donors who believed fiercely in the need to support student success and gave generously while avoiding the spotlight. A retired stockbroker and serial entrepreneur, he first came to the Foundation in 2009 with the idea of creating an endowed nursing scholarship in his mother’s memory. During the last years of her life, Buddy witnessed firsthand the exceptional care her nurses provided. His gratitude for them and the job they had performed developed into an appreciation for the education that Greenville Technical College had imparted to them. He concluded that he needed to support and encourage future generations of nurses to follow their dreams by removing the financial barriers that higher education can bring. He knew that providing these funds would be life-altering for students, their families, their patients, and their community. Though Buddy’s original plan was to support them upon his passing, he soon began funding 1-2 students in any given year through annual giving. By 2018, he was supporting up to 10 students per year and extended his giving to include students pursuing degrees in other allied health fields, including, but not limited to, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. He often remarked “ it’s never too late to do the right thing.” In 2020, Buddy’s final gift of more than $2 million to the Mary Woodside Wallace Endowed Scholarship Fund created our largest single endowment to date and will provide scholarships to countless students in the years to come. Buddy was, and always will be, the embodiment of a true champion for student success, and his generosity will have ripple effects on families and the Greenville community forever.
Thank you for Investing in the Heart of our Workforce
Our event was a wonderful success and highlighted the many ways our honorees have impacted Greenville Technical College and our students. From student scholarships for nursing and our Quick Jobs program, to support for students experiencing emergencies, to championing our African American Male Scholars Initiative, to donating funds for capital needs, Bank of America and Buddy Wallace set the gold standard for generosity and student support!
Save the Date: Celebrating the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary!
Friday, October 27, 2023
ASCM Industrial Crescent Chapter | Bank of Travelers Rest | Benson Automotive | Carolina Holdings | First Horizon Foundation | Fluor Corporation| Greenville Drive | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. | INDEXX | Marchant Real Estate | Parker Poe | Pelham Medical Center | Sage Automotive Interiors | SC Steel | ScanSource | Southern First Bank | Suga Pie Honeybun | T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc. | The Spinks Family Foundation | Truliant Federal Credit Union | Truist | United Community Bank | University Center Greenville | Wells Fargo Private Bank
Friends of the Foundation Sponsors
Alltrista Plastics LLC | Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc. | DP3 Architects, Ltd. | Ernst & Young LLP | Godshall Professional Recruiting | Greenville Area Development Corporation | High Spirits Hospitality | Jon Lopez | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLC | New South Construction Supply | Orbis Corp. | SC Department of Commerce | Shaw Resources, Inc. | SouthState Bank | Swafford Transport & Warehouse | Synovus | Upstate SC Alliance | Westin Poinsett Hotel | WYFF 4 | Young Office