Palmetto Electric Trust gives $50,000 for USCB Hilton Head Island campus

Palmetto Electric Trust gives $50,000 for USCB Hilton Head Island campus

BLUFFTON, SC, October 3
Palmetto Electric Trust, with funds from the Operation Round Up program made a donation of $50,000 to advance the University of South Carolina Beaufort's new Hilton Head Island campus on Tuesday, October 3.

Palmetto Electric Trust gives $50,000 for USCB Hilton Head Island campus

The new Hilton Head Island campus will open in the fall of 2018. Its role in USCB's undergraduate education program will be to serve as the central base for the Hospitality Management program. The facility will engage students in experiential learning and serve the hospitality industry through a center for hospitality and executive education.  The facility will serve Hilton Head Island as a community too, as it offers teaching and a learning facility for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a civic gathering place and resource. Currently under construction, visual updates of the construction can be found at

"We are thankful for Palmetto Electric Cooperative Trust's vision for our region. The Trust, with funds from Operation Round Up, made one of the first donations to the first building on the Bluffton campus. Now, again, they are leading the region with a local donation-- an investment—in higher education for USCB students and as a partner in regional economic development," said Al Panu, chancellor of USCB. "To have support from the community is critical to the success of the new Hilton Head Island campus and to all of USCB. This generosity is another step forward toward our grand opening next fall."

Funds for the donation come from Operation Round Up, a program in which the Cooperative's members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar.

"Education is a key element of Palmetto Electric Trust's mission. We are excited to support and partner with the new USCB Hilton Head Island campus. We feel that this institution will help meet the growing educational needs of our service area," said Berl Davis, president and CEO of Palmetto Electric Cooperative.
The facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, a demonstration kitchen, beverage laboratory, fabrication laboratory and classroom for distance education.
USCB is continuing a 30-year partnership with Hilton Head Island. Previously, hospitality management courses were on the island on the Office Park Road location as well as other sites across the region.

Photo: Left to Right: Chris Ferraro, USCB Student Government Association (SGA) President: Chancellor Al Panu USCB: Berl Davis, President, Palmetto Electric Cooperative; John Kirkland, Chair, Palmetto Electric Trust.


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

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