Dr. Travis P. Gleaton knows what it means to be a student of life.
He recently received his doctorate (the latest in a long line of degrees and certifications)… but that’s more like being a student FOR life, isn’t it?
Being a student OF life means learning how to navigate the perils and pitfalls that can get in the way of living it. That’s why – as an Adjunct Professor in the Transitional Studies Department at Greenville Technical College (GTC) – his work focuses on providing direct support, resources, and referrals to students who are experiencing life events that are impacting or interrupting their ability to be successful. He’s there to help students that want to succeed at a college level, but may need a refresher course or two to get them ready.
The bottom line is: without someone there to help these students overcome obstacles and create a plan, life might cause them to drift away from their college education. Thank you, Dr. Gleaton, for shepherding them towards success in school, and in life.
Dr. Gleaton is the Associate Dean of Students at GTC, and has been with the college since 1994. He is instrumental in planning the Graduation Fair and Job Fair each fall and spring for students. He recently received his doctorate in Community College Executive Leadership at Wingate University. His research was specific to Greenville Technical College and the focus of his study was on student success and a required college skills course in the automotive program. He is also a contributing author to Facing An Exponential Future: Technology and the Community College and COLLEGE ORIENTATION: A Comprehensive Guide to Improving Your Study Skills.
A native of the town of North, South Carolina, Gleaton received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education at Claflin University, a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at South Carolina State University, a Certificate in Higher Education Leadership at the University of South Carolina, and an educational specialist degree in Community College Executive Leadership at Wingate University.
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