The Future of HGTC
“The brightest days for Horry and Georgetown counties are ahead of us,” he said. “I serve on the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation. Ten years ago, if the organization got one phone call a month, you felt good. Today, we get multiple phone ca lls a week.”The college also is capitalizing on its appeal to retirees and other are a residents who take advantage of non-degree enrichment programs.
“There has been more interest among retirees in learning new skills, but not necessarily to get new jobs,” he said. “We are becoming more and more recognized as a community center. Many retirees want to give back, by teaching or mentoring our students. They also volunteer to help with events. That often pays dividends. We have received major gifts associated with that experience.”
And answering that question about what’s next? Wilson and his staff aren’t sure. But they’re still asking.
“The distance into the future that we can plan is shorter than in the past because of the rate of change,” Wilson said. “We believe that we must continue to find ways to teach students in active ways so they are willing to learn. We also know that we are going to be tasked with training people for jobs in five years that we have not even imagined yet.”
It’s all part of the vision laid out in the 1960s -- look at the area’s needs and build programs to help people obtain skills and contribute more to the workplace and society.
“My No. 1 goal is to satisfy myself that when I leave, the college will be a better place than when I started,” Wilson said. “I’m just proud to have been a part of it for over 40 years.”