Tri-County Technical College is drawing attention to a new study that re-enforces the idea that it pays to invest in education. Tech commissioned an outside company to analyze the socio-economic benefits and return investment of the college that serves Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties. “Probably the best example is that folks are going to work. The direct impact to students is they are employed at a higher level and not relying on government-supported social services,” said Tri-County President Ronnie Booth. EMSI’s study notes that the college creates a significant positive impact on the local business community and generates a return on investment to its major stockholder groups—students, society and taxpayers.