Local Physician Donates Land to Aiken Technical College
When Dr. Afsar Waraich began thinking about donating 20 acres of land located in Graniteville, his first thought for the beneficiary was Aiken Technical College.
“I believe the best way to serve my community is to provide the best healthcare possible and to support educational institutions in my community,” said Dr. Waraich, who has been practicing gastroenterology in the Aiken area since 2003 and in South Carolina since 1995. “ATC provides educational opportunities close to home and is a tremendous resource for employers, especially in healthcare. My practice has benefited from this resource.”
Dr. Waraich has donated 20 acres of undeveloped land to the College, which sat adjacent to the College’s property line. The donation extends the College’s property to 308 acres of which about 88 acres are currently developed.
The donation helps position the College for future development and growth, said ATC President Dr. Forest E. Mahan.
“We are thankful to Dr. Waraich for his support and for his generosity,” he said. “In 2018, our focus is on creating a new master plan envisioning what the College should look like in 10 to 20 years. This donation will enable us to further develop the College campus to serve our students, employees, and community.”
The College’s master plan, which is revised and updated every 10 years, focuses on the infrastructure the College needs to meet future educational and workforce development needs.
Planning for the future is important, said Dr. Wariach, adding he’s excited to see the continued impact of the College on the region.
“Providing the best education is the best way to improve the quality of life and the standards in our community and provide growth,” he said. “Once you have people who have the education and technical skills, it brings more industries and services to our community. The cornerstone of our community’s success are educational institutions.”