Tyler Maple was named 2016 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM). As a Senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School Tyler was very active in ROTC as well as Track & Field. Tyler worked as a Program Aide at the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Boys & Girls Club. He started his journey with BGCM as a Jr. Counselor for two summers at the Blaney Elementary Boys & Girls Club, and later became a Jr. Staff at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. Tyler is attending South Carolina State University in the fall where he plans to get his degree in physical therapy. Tyler was selected for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to his community.
Midlands Technical College is helping the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands reduce employee turnover and better serve the children its staff members care for. The Boys & Girls Club organization provides childcare at more than 60 locations throughout the Midlands area and employs approximately 450 team members. By offering its staff specialized, online courses through MTC, the Boys & Girls Club built a budget-friendly professional development curriculum that gave its employees a way to grow within their positions and see working at the Boys and Girls Club as a long-term occupation.
“Parents send their children to our program because they feel comfortable leaving their children in the care of people they come to know and become familiar with,” said Carter Clark, President of the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. “When the names and faces of counselors change due to turnover, it has a negative impact on the enrollment in our programs. We knew we had to do something.”
Midlands Technical College’s Corporate and Continuing Education programs support career development and provide continuous, life-long learning opportunities to develop skilled leaders. MTC’ Business Solutions Department assists customers looking to identify better ways to develop their employees, including on-site, custom designed corporate training and consulting programs like Be Great University.
WELCOME TO THE BE GREAT ACADEMY
The BE GREAT ACADEMY is the afterschool program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. We have a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics. We provide programs for youth after school and during the summer months that are designed to meet identified needs and interests of the participants.
Our challenge is to teach our members things they need to know using things that they like to do. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.