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Steve Coleman

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Steve Coleman serves as Director of Genesis Initiatives @ Piedmont Technical College. This title encompasses College & Community Outreach, Project Genesis, Call Me Mister, and MODELS Academy for Black Males @ Piedmont Technical College. In short, he spends his days developing and maintaining relationships with various external community partners - including schools, state and local agencies, and organizations - promoting access to higher education and training for traditional and non-traditional students. 

As Director of Project Genesis, he manages academic and personal support initiatives for African-American males and females in various Piedmont Technical College programs.  

Coordinator of Piedmont Technical College's Call Me MISTER, a program within Project Genesis, he manages the Teacher Education Preparatory program, which identifies Black males for candidacy to become elementary and middle school teachers. The program involves partnering with the national Call Me MISTER program at Clemson University and other in-state institutions to prepare Black males for the teaching profession.

MODELS Academy @ Piedmont Technical College is a holistic mentoring and personal development program that addresses the social, academic, career, and cultural development of African American males in grades 6-12. The mission of MODELS Academy is to transform the lives of young African American males. To inspire, educate, inform, motivate, train, and prepare Black males, grooming them into exceptional individuals, role models, and leaders. Currently, 85 young men- representing Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties are enrolled in the program. The first graduating class -which Steve refers to as the MODELS Class of 2017 - yielded 100% (10 of 10) college enrollment, 7 of whom attend PTC. One student was also accepted into the South Carolina Governors School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

Steve serves on the Board of Directors for several agencies, including Greenwood Family YMCA, United Center for Community Care,  Bowers-Rodgers Children's Home, and Greenwood Rotary, and is a member of the Regional Advisory Board for Duke Power.

Steve grew up in Newberry Housing Authorities' Julian E. Grant Homes, where he honed the basketball skills that would earn him a college scholarship. He is a 1985 graduate of Newberry High School. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College, graduating in 1987 with an Associate in Arts Degree; attended Stetson University and earned a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) & Master of Science (Counselor Education), and certification in Higher Education Leadership from the South Carolina Technical College System.

Steve is the son of Eugene Coleman, Jr. & Frances Suber. He has been married to Patricia Sloan-Coleman for 26 years. They have 2 sons: Jarryd, a senior student-athlete at Lander University, and Jordan, a freshman student-athlete at The United States Military Academy - West Point.

His mission is simple: "Help as many people as I can to be the best that they can be." His personal motto: "The mirror reflects all the responsibility necessary for success"