The Caterpillar Foundation awards CCTC $20,000 grant

The Caterpillar Foundation awards Central Carolina Technical College a $20,000 grant
Funds from the grant will support the College’s Freshman Focus Center

SUMTER, SC — Central Carolina Technical College freshmen will experience expanded services, thanks to a $20,000 grant awarded by the Caterpillar Foundation. The funds will be used specifically for CCTC’s Freshman Focus Center, which provides first-time freshmen resources to enhance their overall learning experience.

“It is through these types of collaborative relationships with our business and industry partners that our College can increase support for student success,” says CCTC’s Interim President Terry Booth. The Caterpillar Foundation supports programs that improve academic outcomes through this type of funding.The Freshman Focus Center is located on CCTC’s Main Campus in Sumter, in Building M500. The ultimate goal of the Center and the utilization of these funds will be to assist freshmen with coursework, assignments, advising, registration, college resources and technology, all while building academic confidence.

Providing academic support to help students succeed is an overarching goal of the College and through the Freshman Focus Center, first-time students have an opportunity to engage with a Freshman Advisor who provides mentoring and leadership. Freshman Advisors relate to students and their individual circumstances in a one-on-one environment, and student success is greatly enhanced through this type of interaction.

About Caterpillar Foundation
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $650 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit


Freshman Advisors Sara Neil, Sharome Henry and Kayla Bird spend their days working with first-time freshman at
Central Carolina Technical College’s Freshman Focus Center. CCTC recently received a $20,000 grant from the
Caterpillar Foundation to help fund the Center.