Local residents and business leaders have known for over four decades that WTC can change lives while improving the local economy. Now the entire nation knows, thanks to “Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings” which show WTC as 19th among the top 50 community colleges across the nation.
The magazine included about 700 institutions in the rankings analysis and Williamsburg Technical College was the only two-year college in South Carolina to rank in the top 50. The rankings are based on best practices and student success through measurements in eight areas: active and collaborative learning; student effort; academic challenge; student-faculty interaction; support for learning; first-year retention rate; three-year graduation/retention rate; and credentials awarded per 100 full-time enrollment (FTE) students.
Nearly 145 students were awarded degrees, diplomas, and certificates during the 2014 commencement ceremony on the WTC campus. Guest speaker for the evening was Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, president of the South Carolina Technical College System and former president of WTC.
Adjunct music instructor Harry Adkins of Kingstree received the Quarles Award named in honor of the late Dr. Ray Quarles, Jr. of Kingstree. The award is presented to an adjunct instructor nominated by students and faculty members on the basis of excellence in teaching.
Mary McFadden Chisholm of Salters was recognized during the ceremony as a member of the 2014 All-State Academic Team. She was among 20 students from South Carolina’s technical college system to be recognized by Governor Nikki Haley at a special ceremony at the state house for their academic achievements and for service to their colleges and local communities. Chisolm is a member of the WTC PTK honor society.
WTC and Limestone College are partnering to offer a more comprehensive higher education opportunity for Williamsburg County residents. Now local residents will have the option to pursue a two-year associate’s degree and then move on to obtain a baccalaureate degree all on the WTC campus.
WTC hosts Limestone in three classrooms and one computer lab several evenings a week between 6 and 9:30 p.m. during the College’s standard operational hours. Limestone personnel maintain an office on the WTC campus to most effectively advise and teach students. Interested persons may call 843.355.4164.
In these days of exorbitant gas prices, WTC leaders realized the need to take the College to the communities.
The College has offered several courses at the Hemingway branch of the Williamsburg County library and began offering dual enrollment courses at the Hemingway Career and Technology Center. Plans are underway to also offer courses at the Federal Correctional Institute in Salters.
Last fall semester the College began offering three additional certificate programs.
The Human Services certificate program prepares students for work in positions with mental health centers, group homes, day treatment facilities, sheltered workshops, substance abuse treatment programs and eldercare facilities.
The Criminal Justice certificate program provides students with a broad academic overview of the entire field of criminal justice.
The Nursing Assistant certificate program teaches students how to provide personal care and emotional support to elderly and/or acutely ill patients confined to hospitals, short-term intermediate facilities and long-term care institutions under the supervision of nursing and medical staffs.
Area high school students have the opportunity -- free of charge -- to get two college courses under their belts each semester of their junior and senior years (that’s 8 free transferrable college courses) so that they can get the “college” credit and experience at the same time they are completing high school credit. A student taking dual enrollment classes receives college and high school credit while sitting in a single class.
Depending on high school administrator planning, the classes can be offered during the regular school day on the high school campuses, on the WTC campus, or at other designated locations within the County. For information, call 843.355.4133.
Williamsburg Technical College, 601 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4110 or 800.766.2021
Williamsburg Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Williamsburg Technical College. Copyright 2014 Williamsburg Technical College