Virginia College Charleston holds VIP event
Jun 1, 2011
Left to right: ECA CEO Tom Moore; Virginia College in Charleston Campus President Madeline Little; Calhoun Enterprises CEO Greg Calhoun; and former NFL player Jeno James.
Virginia College in Charleston, South Carolina, recently honored members of the business community with an elegant open house that included hors d'oeuvres provided by Savannah's Culinard Café, campus tours, and live jazz.
"When we first came to the Virginia College building, it was vacant--a former Sam's Wholesale Club," said Tom Moore, CEO of Education Corporation of America, during a brief program. "Building a world-class facility allows us to attract quality students, because when you provide employers with well-trained employees, they will absolutely beat a path to your door."
The facility boasts almost 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and cosmetology and massage therapy facilities, representing a more than $4 million investment in the Charleston area.
In her comments, Kathleen G. Wilson of the Charleston City Council (District 12) said, "This big-box retail space has been transformed into a wonderful institution providing badly needed services in the area. Thank you, Virginia College, for coming and I wish you the very best."
Her sentiments were echoed by North Charleston City Council member Sam Hart. "Virginia College is serving the Low County and its citizens as an accredited institution with a solid curriculum in the career field industry. I congratulate you on your mission, your commitment, and results. Virginia College offers a valuable service to the community and the citizens of North Charleston want to thank you."
The most inspiring moment came when Virginia College graduate (and current staff member) Gwendolyn Fleming shared her story as a student. "They say 'life gets in the way' sometimes and when you try to complete school, it can be difficult for a non-traditional student," she said. "But I received support every step of the way, and today I stand before you a very proud graduate and advocate for Virginia College. We are a family, and Virginia College treats students like family. Employers are calling us because they want our graduates. We are offering cutting-edge experiences and we are doing it better," she said.
The evening's activities concluded with custom photography and gifts for each departing attendee.