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Technical College
Education for the Real World

FDTC News is the one place where you can find all of our official community highlights, announcements, & disclosures.

From student activities to community involvement to ceremonies & celebrations, see everything that's happening all in one place at FDTC Events.

From student activities to community involvement to ceremonies & celebrations, see everything that's happening all in one place at FDTC Events.


The percentage of full-time, first-time students at FDTC that were awarded some sort of financial assistance to help them pay for college.


The number of programs at FDTC that have at least a 75 percent student job placement rate upon graduation in a field related to their major.


The number of students that graduated FDTC last year. These proud citizens join the thousands of FDTC alumni working and supporting our community.

Campus Life

Because Achieving Your Potential Is Exciting

There are a ton of opportunities to meet new people and expand your horizons by attending one of FDTC's many student activities.

Upcoming Student Activities

Community College Benefits

Special Programs

Special Programs





Personal Attention

Personal Attention

Select the topics to explore just a few of the many reasons for choosing community college.

Because of their unique relationship with local businesses, community colleges can offer special programs to students with unique opportunities and learning experiences. FDTC's partnership with Caterpillar and their ThinkBIG program is a great example of these partnerships. While enrolled in the program, students learn to work on full-size caterpillar equipment provided by caterpillar.

When compared to four year institutions, the cost to attend community colleges is MUCH more affordable. The average cost of in-state tuition for four year institutions in South Carolina is $16,189 per year. The average cost of in-state tuition for two year community colleges is $4,486 per year. How much money could you save by going to community college?

Community Colleges are creating tons of ways to obtain a degree that are convenient for you. At a community college like FDTC you have options to attend classes at multiple campuses, during the day or night, during the week or weekends, or entirely online. Whatever your situation, FDTC probably has an opportunity waiting for you.

We know that every student has their own challenges to learning something new. That's why community colleges like FDTC keep class sizes small - so you can get the personal attention and assistance that you need to complete your program at your pace.

Take a Tour

Take a tour of FDTC


The Florence-Darlington Technical Education Center was established in 1963 and presently serves Florence, Darlington, and Marion counties. The College's initial enrollment of 250 students now exceeds 6,000 curriculum students. Its primary campus of less than 10 acres has expanded to nearly 240 acres with a modern complex of eight major buildings totaling nearly 350,000 square feet.

Experience the Campus

Take a tour of SiMT


Today, the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology houses the most advanced additive manufacturing center and 3D virtual reality production studio in the region and the only commercially available direct-to-metal 3D printer in the Southeast. Working closely with FDTC, our staff engineers routinely help conceive products, manufacture precision parts, and produce virtual training experiences.

Experience the Facility

President Ben Dillard's welcome letter
"When it comes to helping you choose your path or add new skills, we are ready with hands-on learning that gives you real-world experience."Dr. Ben Dillard
Read the President's welcome letter.

Our Mission

Florence-Darlington Technical College will provide a high quality education that furthers the regional economic development, enhances the quality of life in the region we serve and supports students' marketability in the global economy.

Organizational Values

  • Service Excellence
  • Educational Effectiveness
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Quality Programs and Services
  • Institutional Advancement and Growth
  • Personal and Organizational Learning