The History of WTC
Williamsburg Technical College, a two-year postsecondary institution located in the Atlantic Coast region of South Carolina, began its educational function in 1969 as “Williamsburg Regional Manpower Training Center” largely through endeavors made by local leaders and officials within Williamsburg County. At its inception, the institution fulfilled the single greatest need in Williamsburg County, the need for a comprehensive manpower training center to provide job training, attract industry and, as a result, attack the poverty, out-migration and unemployment which plagued the County.
Williamsburg Technical College opened its doors to students in late 1969, representing a new concept in comprehensive education coupled with various supportive services. For the first time in South Carolina, and most particularly in Williamsburg County, all the following capabilities and services were available in one concentrated area: technical education, adult education, vocational education for high school students, continuing education for personal enrichment, and the offices of the state Job Service and Vocational Rehabilitation.
On January 31, 1975, by Act of the S.C. Legislature, the institution changed its name from the “Williamsburg Regional Manpower Training Center” to the “Williamsburg Technical, Vocational and Adult Education Center,” a title which at that time more accurately reflected its purpose.
The College became accredited in December 1977 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Following accreditation, and with approval of the S.C. State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, in February 1979 the institution officially became known as Williamsburg Technical College. The College’s accreditation was reaffirmed in December 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012.
The uniqueness of the College and the contributions it has made to the community were recognized during 1976, when the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration selected Williamsburg Technical College as one of 200 projects in the United States for the “Horizons on Display Program,” which recognized the “problem solving capacity in American communities.”
To ensure the potential for each Williamsburg Technical College student to successfully complete the educational programs he/she is pursuing, the College has embarked on specific steps to create a positive learning environment. In 1977 and 1978, curricula were expanded with associate degrees in the areas of General Technology, General Business and Secretarial Science. In the spring of 1981, the College further expanded its curricula by including the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degree programs designed for college transfer.
Recent changes include the reactivation of certificate programs in Industrial Electricity, Criminal Justice, and Nail Technology in 2013; SACSCOC approval of the Hemingway Career and Technology Center as an off-campus site in 2013; and SACSCOC approval of the Criminal Justice Certificate program in 2015. The College continues to expand its course technology base and now offers both hybrid and online courses. Williamsburg Technical College currently offers five Associate Degree programs, three Diploma programs, and 21 Certificate programs. Popular majors include Practical Nursing, Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Development, and Welding.
In addition, to address service area economic and employment needs, the College continues to focus on workforce development. Current program offerings include the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC).
Williamsburg Technical College continues to revise and update existing curricula to ensure that course and program offerings remain abreast of current teaching techniques and industrial trends. Williamsburg Technical College is committed to helping students discover their abilities and interests while developing them to the fullest extent, consistent with their own goals and capabilities and the needs of society.
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Employee and applicant inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College may be directed to the Vice President for Business Affairs , WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4117, who will serve as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IX Coordinator.
WTC shall not discriminate in employment or personnel decisions or in student admissions or in student decisions, or in all other segments of the College community on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, pregnancy, marital status or unfavorable discharge from military service, in the educational programs and activities which it operates, and the College is prohibited from discrimination in such manner by applicable laws. Practices and requirements for non-discrimination extend to the enrollment of students in programs and activities of the College and employment by the College. Employee and applicant inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College may be directed to the Vice President for Business Affairs , WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4117, who will serve as the College's Section 504, Title II, and Title IX Coordinator. Student and prospective student inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College or any student decision may be directed to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4162, who will serve as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IV Coordinator.
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