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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.
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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.
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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.
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Florence-Darlington Technical College gives you the real-world education you need and offers options that accommodate your real-world schedule. A college education at FDTC provides an opportunity designed to maximize your earning potential while keeping your out of pocket expenses minimal. Gain the skills you need to succeed and open up a world of possibilities at FDTC.
With over 85 programs available including diplomas, certificates, and degrees, FDTC offers many different options for you to increase your earning potential. Our academic programs and job training are designed to provide knowledge & skills that are field-specific. This no-fluff approach to learning helps our graduates find employment in a quick and cost-effective way.
If you are considering a career change, need to upgrade skills to stay current in your field, or just have an interest in trying something new, our Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs offer convenient options for you to keep up-to-date on the latest industry requirements.
Every semester our students have a wide array of opportunities to socialize at various FDTC celebrations, events, and study breaks that promote their interests and culture. Whether it’s cheering on our sports teams, celebrating holidays together, or hanging out at a school sponsored study break, students always have something going on at FDTC.
FDTC has six different campuses across the Pee Dee. Some of our campuses house specific programs while others are strategically located to accommodate the community’s needs for access to higher education. We encourage you to come explore one of our beautiful campuses and see all that FDTC has to offer.
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