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Welcome to Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). The mission of Florence-Darlington Technical College is to provide comprehensive technical education, workforce development, and educational services to students, business and industry, and the markets it serves. Through instructional programs, business and industry partnerships, and community involvement, the college will play a major role in the economic development and quality of life of its constituents. The educational experience at Florence-Darlington Technical College will have an international perspective, which will enhance the student's marketability in today's global economy.
With more and more jobs requiring training beyond the high school level, FDTC stands ready to meet your higher educational needs by offering affordable, quality education in more than 75 fields of study, from business to allied health to machine tool to welding to nursing and more. In fact, the stellar job placement rate enjoyed by FDTC's recent graduating classes speaks to the relevance of our educational opportunities. Acknowledged as the fastest growing institution of higher education in South Carolina during the late 1990s, FDTC seeks to maximize student success through excellent customer service.
Florence-Darlington's main campus is located between the cities of Florence and Darlington on U.S. Hwy. 52 and near Interstates 95 and 20. The 100-acre campus has eight major buildings. The college also operates remote sites in Hartsville, Lake City, Mullins, and in downtown Florence (Health Sciences Campus). The Cosmetology Center is located just down the road from the main campus in Darlington County.
Among the special programs and services located at the main campus are the Advanced Welding and Cutting Center, the Caterpillar Dealer Academy, and a CISCO Systems training laboratory. FDTC's Online College offers a host of courses and several entire degree programs via the Internet.
The first phase of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) has recently been completed on a 146-acre tract behind the main FDTC campus. An Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) is the centerpiece of this first phase of construction. It contains an 800-seat auditorium, a conference center, an advanced manufacturing lab, a rapid prototyping lab, a 3D/Virtual Reality Center, and the National Robotics Training Center of Excellence. The cutting-edge, strategic training and manufacturing technology solutions offered by the SiMT are designed to maximize workforce productivity in the Southeast.
Technical education is playing an increasingly prominent role in our society, and it is estimated that nearly 85 percent of all jobs, now and in the future, will require some college-level training. Whether you are a recent high school graduate pursuing a college education or a citizen dedicated to lifelong learning and personal enrichment, we are here to serve you. Let us help you start your future in a rewarding career now.