Florence-Darlington Technical College Breaks Enrollment Record with 6000 students

For the first time in Florence-Darlington Technical College’s nearly 50 year history, over 6000 students will be taking classes when the fall 2011 semester on Monday, August 15, 2011. FDTC has seen record growth over the past few years, growing from a total enrollment of less than 4000 in the fall of 2007 to a total student body of over 6000 this fall.

The growth has come in many areas including adult students looking to get a leg up in a fragile job economy and an increase in younger students coming directly out of high school.  Dr. Shelley Fortin, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services noted “the community is becoming more and more aware of the advantages of attending a technical college.”

Dr. Fortin continued, "There is more flexibility, smaller class sizes and a stronger focus on job skills and hands-on training. The lower cost is also seen as an advantage for transfer students, who are opting to take the first two years of their programs here, then transferring to the four year college of their choice". 

The record number of students at the college has been an adjustment on the campus. Issues of parking, and availability of open classes are becoming more of a challenge but the college has responded by increasing the number online classes and by offering more courses at FDTC’s satellite campuses in Hartsville, Mullins and Lake City.

Enrollment is expected to continue to grow and the college will begin a new set of classes in its second eight session beginning in October.  For more information, contact Florence-Darlington Technical College at 661-TECH (8324)