Southeastern Institute Columbia Campus Celebrates the Graduates from the Class of 2015
March 11, 2016 / 8:52 pm / administrator
News Release—Immediate Release
Contact: Kimberly Dale / 954-849-5304
Southeastern Institute Celebrates the Graduates from the Class of 2015
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Percy Mack
Columbia, SC – August 2015 – The faculty and staff from the Columbia campus of Southeastern Institute look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the graduates on Friday, August 14, 2015. The graduation takes place at the First Baptist Church located on 1306 Hampton Street in Columbia at 7:00 p.m. The more than 145 graduates will receive their keynote address from Dr. Percy Mack, former Superintendent of Richland County School District One.
Our graduates have worked tirelessly to overcoming the challenges and obstacles of balancing work and family obligations while completing their education and career training programs. This graduating class is fortunate to have two valedictorians who both have 4.0GPAs and are recipients of the Perfect Attendance Award. Ashley Reed and Anna Riggs are both earning their certificates in Professional Clinical Massage Therapy. Since completing the program, Reed has been working at Health Source Chiropractic and is thrilled to be relieving the pain for her clients. For Riggs, this is the first time she will be walking across a stage in a cap and gown so there is a lot of emotion attached to this ceremony for her.
The salutatorian for the class, L‘Toia Benjamin, is graduating from the Professional Clinical Massage Therapy program and has also earned the Perfect Attendance Award. After finishing the program she became a licensed massage therapist and new business owner of Oasis Massage and Bodywork in Columbia.
“Graduation is always a great time of the year to help celebrate our graduates achievements and success,” said Reginald Greene, Campus Vice President. “The Class of 2015 is entering the workforce at a critical time because of the increase in projected businesses coming to the state and city; many employers will be seeking to hire well trained, certified and qualified employees.” Southeastern Institute has recently partnered with several local healthcare providers and community organizations to help expand their community involvement as well as expand their students learning experience throughout their training program.
Southeastern Institute is an active member of the Columbia and South Carolina Chambers of Commerce and looks forward to increasing its involvement in the local economic development in the city and state by providing a well-trained and qualified talent pool of graduates to the workforce.
Dr. Percy Mack received his Bachelor’s Degree from Savannah State University, his Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia, and his Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University. Dr. Mack is currently the CEO of Navigational Leadership Systems, LLC. His company focuses on leadership coaching, team building, strategic planning, administrative training, and school improvement. He is the former superintendent of Richland County School District One. Prior to coming to Richland One, Dr. Mack served as superintendent of the Dayton Public School System in Dayton, Ohio. He has been a teacher, principal, executive director of schools, and deputy superintendent. Dr. Mack is the recipient of SOUTHEASTERN INSTITUTE COLUMBIA CAMPUS several awards such as the IMARA Women Magazine 2014 Man of the Year and the 2014 South Carolina School Improvement Council Advocate of the Year to name a few. The Dr. Percy A. Mack Richland One Superintendent Scholarship was named in his honor by the Columbia Promise Foundation.
About Southeastern Institute:
Southeastern Institute offers a quality career education and skill development to aspiring individuals pursuing a career or advancement in their chosen field at three different campuses in Charlotte, Charleston, and Columbia. The schools are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. For more information on Southeastern Institute, visit www.southeasterninstitute.edu.