1961-62 :: 2011-2012

Established in 1961 as a tool for economic development, the SC Technical College System was designed to make South Carolina more competitive in recruiting business and industry to the state. Additionally, the System was charged with training South Carolinians for the jobs created by these new industries and maintaining a commitment to the training when businesses expand and grow in the state. Since its inception, the SC Technical College System has been committed to providing education and training opportunities that promote the economic and workforce development of the state. However, don’t let the age of the System fool you. While our mission has never wavered over the past 50 years, the services we provide and the way in which we provide those services has evolved to meet the needs of the people, business, industry and communities we serve. ;xNLx;;xNLx;In times of both economic prosperity and uncertainty, the SC Technical College System and its 16 technical colleges are dedicated to increasing the employability of all South Carolinians by ensuring they are fully prepared for the jobs of today – and tomorrow.

Creation of Special Schools

A program to train start-up labor forces for new and expanding industries, Special Schools, was created. During its first year, the program trained 475 students in 15 industries.

Spartanburg TEC

In November 1961, Spartanburg County received approval to provide a Technical Education Center for the citizens in its region. By May 1963, the center occupied its first building. One hundred and fifty students enrolled in nine industrial and engineering technology training programs and an extension course in supervisory development in the fall of 1963. In April 1974, the center officially became Spartanburg Technical College. In August 2006, Spartanburg Technical College became the state's first community college when it was renamed Spartanburg Community College. The college currently serves the counties of Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union.

SC Advisory Committee for Technical Training Established

In response to the West Committee Study, the General Assembly established the South Carolina Advisory Committee for Technical Training with A. Wade Martin as the Executive Director.

Florence-Darlington TEC

Florence-Darlington TEC was founded in 1963 and opened its doors to students in March 1964. It later became Florence-Darlington Technical College in June 1974. The college currently serves the counties of Darlington, Florence, and Marion.

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester TEC

Berkeley-Charleston- Dorchester opened a Technical Education Center. It later merged with Palmer College merged to form Trident Technical College on July 1, 1973. The college currently serves the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester.

Orangeburg-Calhoun TEC

Orangeburg-Calhoun TEC registered its first students. It was officially named Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in May 1974. The college currently serves the counties of Calhoun and Orangeburg.

SC Rural Concentrated Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a grant of $2 million to TEC to initiate the South Carolina Rural Concentrated Employment Programs (CEP). With these funds, more than 7,000 disadvantaged South Carolinians were provided services in addition to training; programs such as educational assessment and orientation, health care and job placement – all of which aided them in finding more productive and satisfying jobs.

Recommendations from Gov. Robert E. McNair

The “Moody Report”, officially titled Opportunity and Growth in South Carolina, 1968-1985, was compiled at the request of Governor Robert E. McNair. The purpose was to analyze the status of education, transportation, health care, and other areas affected by government and make specific recommendations on how best to advance South Carolina over the coming decades.

Williamsburg TEC

Williamsburg Regional Manpower Training Center opened in 1969 to provide job training attract industry to Williamsburg County. It became Williamsburg Technical College in February 1979. The college currently serves the county of Williamsburg.

Proposal to Establish Community College System

SC Commission on Higher Education conducted a study on a proposal to establish a community college system

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