GGC and Horry-Georgetown Technical College To Host Science Event


Community invited to Bio Sciences Expo and Genetics Lab Open HouseGene Machine

(CONWAY, SC) –  The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) are hosting the Bio Sciences Expo and Genetics Lab Open House event Tuesday, December 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the HGTC Grand Strand Campus at 920 Crabtree Lane in Myrtle Beach.  Everyone is invited to explore the future with the GGC’s ‘Gene Machine’ Mobile Science Lab.

“The Gene Machine is a 40-foot bus that doubles as a science laboratory and provides innovative activities for middle and high school students across South Carolina,” said Leta Tribble, PhD, Director of Education at GGC.  “We are excited to work with HGTC and other partners to share our enthusiasm for genetics and provide hands-on activities for students and other community members who want to explore this in-demand field.”

“We are grateful to be hosting the Genetics Mobile Lab at HGTC on December 7.  This affords students, the community, and educators an opportunity to have hands-on experiences involving careers in health sciences.  We are pleased with the strong partnerships established for the event especially when it comes to engaging and developing our SC workforce pipeline,” said Eileen Patonay, said Regional Workforce Advisor for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Those in attendance will be able to learn about HGTC science programs, explore careers in the life sciences, find apprenticeship opportunities, and meet with local healthcare employers.  Visitors will also be able to learn what skills are needed in the life sciences workforce.

The event is presented by Apprenticeship Carolina, Brightwater Senior Living, Conway Medical Center, Greenwood Genetic Center, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, McLeod Health, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Works-Waccamaw, Tidelands Health, and Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

Bio Sciences Expo and Genetics Lab Open House

When: Tuesday, December 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where:  HGTC Grand Strand Campus; 920 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC

For more information, contact Eileen Patonay at 843-331-6822 or

About HGTC

HGTC offers college transfer and skilled associate degree programs in 70 fields of study, and many with online class options. Nearly all programs feature internships that lead to jobs. Ninety-five percent of students either transfer to earn advanced degrees or start careers in their respective fields of study. Horry-Georgetown Technical College prohibits discrimination against students and employees. Please direct discrimination and accessibility issues to the Office of Student Affairs at (843) 349-5228.  | Twitter: gohgtc  |  Facebook:

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