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I would like to welcome you to Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC), and I am excited that you have chosen to continue your higher education with us. FDTC has been serving the needs of the residents of Florence, Darlington and Marion Counties for more than 50 years by offering quality educational programs that support economic development.

FDTC offers more than 75 degree, diploma and certificate programs that lead to careers in business, engineering technology, health care, human services, manufacturing and many other fields of study. FDTC also offers the College Transfer Program for students with aspirations of transferring to a four-year institution. Our Online College, the South Carolina Virtual College of FDTC, gives you the flexibility to attend classes when it is convenient for you. For high school students wanting to get ahead in their studies, FDTC offers the Early College (dual enrollment/dual credit) program that allows high school students to accumulate two years of college credit for transfer to senior institutions in the state of South Carolina and elsewhere.

When it comes to choosing a career path or adding a new skill, FDTC offers hands-on learning that provides you with the experience needed to succeed in today’s evolving workforce. The FDTC faculty and staff strive every day to help each student achieve their educational goals and obtain the skills needed to earn a job in their field of study. We believe that quality, hands-on education has more value today as industries eagerly look to build their workforce. Today’s global marketplace includes innovative technologies that have made a quality education a necessity, not a luxury.

Our modern 240-acre campus between Florence and Darlington boasts state-of-the-art technology that mirrors what students will find in the workplace. The Health Sciences Campus in downtown Florence supports area hospitals and other healthcare businesses with a steady stream of qualified workers. Our satellite campuses in Hartsville, Lake City and Mullins provide access to education for students living on the fringes of our service area.

FDTC has a $179 million economic impact and supports roughly 3,257 jobs in the community. Enrollment exceeds 5,000 students with thousands more being served through the FDTC Corporate & Workforce Development (continuing education) program. Join us today and see why so many others have chosen to "experience the technical advantage." We are pleased and gratified that you see FDTC as a part of your future success.

Edward E. Bethea
FDTC President

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