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HISTORY: The College was founded in 1962 and is excited to mark 50 years of service to Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in 2012.

ENROLLMENT: We have enjoyed record-breaking enrollments over the last two years, with Fall 2010 enrollment reaching 6,941. 61% attend full-time, and 39% attend part-time. More than 10,000 persons enroll in continuing education programs annually.

OUR STUDENTS: 57% women, 43% men, representing 42 states and 41 countries. Average age is 25. 81% of our students are Caucasian, 13% African-American, 6% other.

LOCATIONS: We have campuses in Anderson, Easley, Pendleton, and Seneca. Additional centers outside these campuses house specific programs to serve our students.

PROGRAMS: 70+ associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs

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The Best First Step for a 4-year program | for a great job | for the undecided

An Education That Works for Me classes close to home | small class sizes | affordability

Extras That Make a Difference a vibrant campus life experience | services and programs centered on student success

FINANCING: Latest figures (2009-2010) show our students received more than $31.1 million in financial aid, including 4,200 Lottery Scholarships, 1,831 LIFE Scholarships, and 332 Foundation Scholarships.


seamless transfer programs | great jobs in great fields

ATHLETICS: The TCTC Hawks compete in NJCAA Region X throughout the Southeast in men’s golf and soccer, as well as in women’s basketball and soccer.

ORGANIZATIONS: 21 student organizations


COLLEGE ACCREDITATION Tri-County Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tri-County Technical College. (

ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE To be accepted to Tri-County Technical College, proof of an official high school diploma or transcript verifying graduation/GED completion must be submitted. Applicants without a high school/GED credential may be admitted into certificate programs. Applicants under the age of seventeen not seeking dual enrollment courses are required to meet with the Dean of Enrollment Management to determine eligibility for admission. Please check the College catalog for additional program-specific entry requirements. Tri-County Technical College does not discriminate in admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, qualifying disability, veteran’s status, age, or national origin.



For more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information for individual certificates or diploma programs of at least 16 credit hours, visit

THE BEST FIRST STEP New Graduate | New Career | New Future

What Brings You Here? Want a SOLID START on a bachelor’s or even master’s degree? If you are the type who weighs your plans and plans your ways, you have probably already discovered that TRI-COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE is a great place to start reaching your EDUCATIONAL GOALS. We have a long history of students SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFERRING to colleges and universities, even beyond our South Carolina borders.

Perhaps you are already COMMITTED to a career path and you want your college years to be SHORT AND FOCUSED. In just a couple of years at TRI-COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE, you can receive technical training in a VARIETY OF AREAS and then head into the working world with skills and CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED.

Maybe you’ve been away from school for years, but you’re coming face to face with corporate downsizing, outdated skills, changes in family circumstances or a NEED FOR ADDITIONAL INCOME. We can help you become BETTER PREPARED for whatever your new future holds. Or you could be like a lot of college freshmen – YOU HAVE IDEAS, but you really aren’t ready to commit to a major. You need some more information, some MORE EXPERIENCE, before making such a big life decision. WE CAN HELP you make academic progress while you figure out your FUTURE.

No matter where you currently find yourself – fresh out of high school or feeling rusty but ready to face life’s challenges head on – we hope you’ll FIND YOURSELF AMONG THE STUDENTS AT TRI-COUNTY WHO CAN TRULY SAY,





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AN EDUCATION THAT WORKS FOR ME Anderson Campus | Easley Campus | Oconee Campus at Hamilton Career Center | Pendleton Campus

Location, Location, Location, Location If you’re in our tri-county service area, wherever you are, we’re there, too. You can stay close to your home, family and friends by attending one of our four campuses, located in Anderson, Easley, Pendleton and Seneca. And if you’re among our growing population of out-of-state or even out-of-country students, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friends and a faculty that’s focused on helping you succeed. From neighboring states like Georgia and North Carolina to faraway lands of Singapore and South Africa, each of our students brings a unique story and experience to our class settings.

Claire Reid …knew she wanted to be a pharmacist but didn’t know what steps to take. “I realized pharmacy school was going to be expensive, and since I was going to be paying for my own education, I wanted to be smart and try not to rack up too much debt. Also, Tri-County was really close to home, so I could save money by living at home instead of in an apartment,” she said. Her experience at Tri-County prepared her for the tough studies ahead at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, where she is currently enrolled. “Organic Chemistry was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken, including my first-year classes here at PCSP, but I think it prepared me the most for pharmacy school. I realized that this was what pharmacy school was going to be like, and if I really wanted it, then I couldn’t slack off anymore by skipping lectures, waiting until the day before to start studying for a test or never asking for help when I didn’t understand something. I’ve carried those study habits over to pharmacy school, and there is no way I could have gotten through this first year without doing that,” she added.


Life Isn’t All Lecture – College Shouldn’t Be Either! Our small class sizes and dedicated faculty make it possible for us to offer classroom experiences that go beyond the pages of a traditional textbook. From using Skype and patient simulators for supplemental instruction to making annual trips to Boston for an immersion in early American studies, our instructors work to help our students relate to the wider world in unique ways. Students put theory into practice through an abundance of hands-on learning opportunities, gaining skills that will serve them in both their professional fields and their lives. Our Industrial & Engineering Technology Division combines the work of various programs, helping students develop an expertise in specific areas and, at the same time, see the big picture in the making of a working hovercraft, motorcycle or even electric car. Our Radio and Television Broadcasting program puts students both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, while helping them develop their personal styles. And our Criminal Justice Department is using the skills and passion of our Science Department to create a brand-new Forensics class that will be much like the CSI shows on television, teaching future investigators to analyze blood spatter angles (using fake blood, of course) and to study fired bullets to know the weapon used. It’s not just the creativity in course-planning that makes our small classroom sizes appealing. Our low student-teacher ratio makes it possible to give individualized attention to every student who wants it. From encouragement to explore career fields you may not have even considered to referrals to many of our support areas for extra tutoring when needed, our instructors focus on helping you reach your goals.

Beacon Hill, Boston


BEYOND THE BOOKS Learning Beyond Campus | Hands-on Training | Cool Class Projects

Class Assignments • Pack for Boston

• Investigate CSI-Style

• Make Biodiesel Fuel

• Build a Solar-Powered Go Cart

It took creativity and problem-solving in a total systems approach for Industrial Electronics Technology students to successfully build a hovercraft, shown here with Shan Smith, program coordinator.


Filing Early gives you more options! January 1-April 1


As soon as your most current tax returns are complete, go to to benefit from the full scope of financial aid considerations. Our federal school code is 004926.

April 2-June 1


If you haven’t already applied, DON’T DELAY! Folks who have applied on time have been considered for all options available, and the funds available are starting to lessen. Some funds may no longer be available.

June 2-August 1


URGENT. You are running out of time and options. August 1 is the FINAL date to submit your FAFSA to ensure it will be processed and awarded by the date tuition is due.

August 2


Be prepared to pay out of pocket for your tuition or enroll in the College payment plan. You still may qualify for financial aid; however, you’ll have to pay full tuition and be reimbursed for the amount of aid awarded once it is received.


Dates shown are for Fall Semester enrollment dates. The priority deadline for Spring Semester start dates is December 1.


Determination, Not Debt At Tri-County Technical College, we are committed to ensuring students are able to pursue their educational goals regardless of financial resources. Tri-County is already an excellent value, but we are made even more affordable by the financial aid available to our students. Aid comes from several sources. Federal funds are awarded based on the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Our federal school code, which you’ll need for your form, is 004926. The FAFSA is also the form you’ll need to complete to be considered for eligibility for the Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), available to most students who are residents of South Carolina. Available to both full-time and part-time students who are taking at least six credit hours, LTA can cover up to about 75% of your tuition.

$31.1 million was awarded last year in student financial aid. 80% of our students receive some form of financial aid. 4,200 students received Lottery Tuition Assistance.

LIFE scholarships, which cover most of your tuition at Tri-County and up to $300 for books annually, are based on your high school GPA and full-time enrollment at the College. We administered more than 1,800 LIFE scholarships last year, in addition to financial aid through loans, grants and work-study programs. More than 300 TCTC scholarships are also available through our College’s Foundation office.

Evette Moss … had major anxiety about attending a large university. Being a first-generation college student with strong family ties, she did not want to leave home. “Tri-County was the perfect choice for me.  It was close to home, the classes were small, and the instructors knew my name. I felt very comfortable here,” she said.  Evette overcame several obstacles to obtain her degree.  “I had no car, little money for school, and changed my major after enrolling, but there were wonderful people at the College who offered encouragement and guidance each step of the way. In fact, through financial aid, I felt like I was even being paid to go to school. The scholarships and other aid covered my tuition, paid for my books and helped with other educational expenses.”




a Vibrant Campus Life


EXTRAS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE Student Activities | Community Events | Athletics

From the open mic events that showcase the talents of our students to the book discussions among students, faculty and staff, there is a wide variety of student activities that includes athletic events, student-led clubs, and community-wide events.



We Are All About Helping You Succeed We have an array of services centered on helping you become a stronger student with a brighter future.

Academic Advising You’ll have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor following your initial orientation session at the College and in each semester that follows. He/She will assist with course selection and registration, educational planning, referrals to other support services, transfer plans and more.

The TCTC Campus Store offers a complete line of textbooks and study guides, educational supplies, name-brand book bags and slings, electronic supplies, Microsoft products and other general merchandise.

Career Planning We offer career counseling and goal-setting resources to both current and prospective students. We also maintain a current listing of local job openings, as well as information on local and regional employers.


Designed especially for our TriCounty community, the web-based portal offers a one-stop location for all College information, including e-mail, campus announcements, activity calendars, financial aid status updates, registration tools and more.

Learning Lab The Learning Lab offers tutoring and instructional CDs, solutions manuals, and computer software & graphic calculator assistance to students who need a little extra help in math or science.

Library Whether you are doing research on campus or from a remote location, the library provides access to literally millions of resources – both print and online. Our helpful staff and research librarians can help you find exactly what you need to complete your course assignments.


Writing Center

With high gas prices having no end in sight, you might consider one of the free transportation services available to TCTC students. The Clemson Area Transit (CAT) bus is free to all, and the Electric City Transit system is free to students showing a valid ID.

The Writing Center offers free, personal, one-on-one help to students who need assistance with writing assignments, as well as resource materials on MLA and APA formats and grammar.

SERVICES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS One-on-One Assistance | Advising & Planning | Campus Resources | College Initiatives

Sue Avenall ... worked in the hotel industry for more than 20 years, but the downturn in the economy forced her to rethink her future, to really consider what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She recalled a mission trip she went on through her church and how fascinated she was with the medical work that was accomplished there. “I chose the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at Tri-County because of the convenient location near my home, but I succeeded thanks to the enthusiasm and helpfulness of the MLT teachers. They really wanted me to reach my goals and were always ready to help me succeed,” she said. While at Tri-County, Sue earned two national scholarship recognitions and a State award through the Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. “I feel really good about the future I now have in front of me,” she added.

High School Students As a way of making the transition to college easier, we offer opportunities for qualified students to earn college credit while still in high school through our Secondary Transition Enrollment Program (STEP) and Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) program. For details visit and select “High School Connection” under Quick Links. The Learning Excellence Initiative (LEI) combines linked courses and guided learning experiences to boost the success of first-time college students. The program teaches skills, values and behaviors to help students reach their educational goals and to become high academic achievers. Click on “Explore Special Programs” through the Academics tab at for more details. An expansion of the LEI program, the LC2 program will more powerfully focus on student learning and success for first-time postsecondary students. The program emphasizes learning


Learning through Community and Connections

experiences skill development with peers in a community environment that includes advising and a resource network. You will learn skills, habits, and attitudes that are necessary tools to succeed at TCTC and in life.




Quality Courses that Transfer Tri-County Technical College’s University Transfer program makes college affordable, accessible and transferable. You can complete two full years of college work to earn as associate degree in Arts or Science, which can then be transferred to a four-year college or university without the loss of time or credit. In fact, 40% of all graduating high school seniors begin their college education at community colleges just like this one. Our Arts and Sciences Division offers several programs for those looking for a great first place to start a pathway toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university:

Articulation Agreements Associate in Arts Associate in Science

Thanks to a statewide articulation agreement, 86 courses taught at two-year colleges like Tri-County Technical College will automatically transfer to any state public college or university. In addition, Tri-County has other agreements in place with local universities to make a four-year degree more accessible to you. For additional information on any of our articulation agreements described below, contact Admissions at 864-646-1550.

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An agreement with Clemson University allows Tri-County graduates with specific degrees to be accepted with junior standing at Clemson University.

TCTC Major

Clemson University Major

• Associate Degree Nursing

• Nursing

• Early Childhood Development

• Early Childhood Education

• Medical Laboratory Technology

• Microbiology/Biomedicine

• Veterinary Technology

• Animal & Veterinary Sciences

• Associate in Science & selected other criteria

• Biological Sciences

UNIVERSITY TRANSFER AND MORE A.A. & A.S. Degrees | Articulation Agreements | Bridge Programs

Julia Campbell ... started at Tri-County Technical College with the goal of obtaining an associate degree in Business Management but soon found herself wanting a little more. With plans to attend the College of Charleston after she graduates, Julia has made the most of her experience here. She has played for the women’s soccer team, been involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and served as Secretary for Alpha Zeta Beta, Tri-County’s Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for two year colleges. “I love being here – the best part is the variety of people that I have been able to meet. Everyone comes from a different background, which makes it very interesting to get to know and learn from each other,” she said. And it’s not just the students who have inspired Julia. She recalls an assignment in her College Skills class during her freshman year. “We were assigned to interview one faculty member and one staff member over the semester, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and discussing the many different pieces of advice that they could offer from their broad experiences,” she said.

Tri-County has a transfer agreement with Anderson University that includes more than 100 Tri-County courses that will seamlessly transfer into a variety of Anderson University majors.

A transfer agreement between Tri-County and the USC College of Engineering and Computing allows Tri-County students who earn at least 30 semester hours of the pre-engineering program in the Industrial and Engineering Technology Division at Tri-County, maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.75, and meet all other admissions requirements, to be admitted as sophomores at USC, where they can continue their education in chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, biomedical, or nuclear engineering.


Bridge Agreements Bridge programs are a little different from articulation agreements in that they work toward making transitions to other colleges and universities seamless. There are criteria to consider for the specific college and/or program you wish to pursue, so you’ll want to work closely with your academic advisor. For more information about specific Bridge programs listed below and others in the works, contact the Director of Bridge and Educational Partnerships at 864-646-1615.

Bridge to Clemson Program

Bridge to USC Program

A first of its kind in South Carolina, this invitation-only program blends the traditional academic experience at Tri-County with the social and cultural experiences of being at Clemson University. Invitations are extended by Clemson to those who narrowly miss admission to the University. Bridge students must earn 30 transfer credits at Tri-County during their Bridge year and maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to transition to Clemson for their sophomore year. They live together in a local apartment complex and have access to student life programs and services at Tri-County and Clemson.

This statewide agreement is intended to make transitions from S.C. technical colleges to USC as seamless as possible and to increase the success of transfer students once they’re enrolled at the Columbia campus. The University and technical colleges will identify and contact students who are eligible for the program. Participating students will have access to a variety of services from Tri-County and USC.

Bridge to Erskine Program This program is for students who wish to begin their studies at Tri-County and transfer to Erskine. Erskine approves entry into the program, and a variety of acclimation-to-Erskine programs and activities are provided. Students study for one year at Tri-County, and after completing a minimum of 30 semester hours of specified courses at a 2.7 GPA, can transfer seamlessly to Erskine College as sophomores. Participants receive admissions counseling from both Tri-County and Erskine. Students are assigned a student mentor who will guide them through the transfer process and their first semester at Erskine.


UNIVERSITY TRANSFER AND MORE A.A. & A.S. Degrees | Articulation Agreements | Bridge Programs

Bridge to Lander Program Lander University has developed a partnership agreement with all 16 technical colleges in S.C., which helps to ensure a successful transition from Tri-County to Lander. The program provides advising and academic support for prospective freshman transfer students who have been identified by the institutions and who meet the GPA requirements.

USC Upstate Direct Connect USC Upstate has developed a partnership agreement with several Upstate colleges that guarantees admission to USC Upstate for any student who graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or select Associate in Applied Science degree. The program provides enhanced academic advising and accelerated admission to USC Upstate to provide a smooth transition.

Cameron Brice …wanted to attend Clemson University after graduation from T.L. Hanna. When he received a letter from Clemson telling him he narrowly missed admission because of limited space and high demand but was being offered another chance through the new Bridge to Clemson program, he admits he was more than disappointed. “I was frustrated because I worked hard in high school and was a top student. I was accepted at Auburn University and Anderson University, but Clemson was my first choice. I really thought I had a good chance,” he said. Once Cameron went to orientation to learn more about the Bridge program, he said, “I realized Tri-County was a place I could begin to accomplish my dreams. I’ve stayed focused on college and have done well,” said Cameron, who maintained a 3.57 GPA at Clemson. “I’m an example that the Bridge program works,” he said. Cameron currently teaches second grade at Cherrydale Elementary School in Greenville, S.C.



Tri-County Programs • Horticulture Technology

Careers • Landscape, lawn service, groundskeeping worker • Pesticide handler, sprayer, and applicator (vegetation)

Plant a Seed for a Prosperous Career Business is blooming for those interested in growing and planting flowers, trees, vegetables and other greenery. South Carolina has 4,700,000 acres in farmland, but there’s more to this green career than farming. This career field ranges from small landscaping operations to sports turf management and can cover everything from the creation of new plant life to the design of new tools and machines to work the land. With classes available in both daytime and evening hours, the Horticulture Technology Certificate program at Tri-County Technical College will equip you with the latest horticulture technologies and provide hands-on experiences to help you succeed in this career. You’ll learn about landscape design, plant materials, pest control and power equipment use.


ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION Carpentry | Masonry | Plumbing | Wiring

Tri-County Programs

Build a Bright Future With a range of jobs that spans everything from designing to constructing to maintaining, the construction program is one of the new and exciting offers at Tri-County developed to meet the needs of our service area. “Some 82,000 people work in residential construction, and their pay averages nearly $40,000 a year,” says John Cone, executive director of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. Another draw to careers in construction is that the field is one of the few where you can start at the bottom and work your way up the proverbial ladder to success, whether your idea of success is being a project manager or even owning your own business. Tri-County Technical College’s Construction Technology program currently focuses on four key areas: carpentry, masonry, residential plumbing and residential wiring. Hands-on classes cover building needs, interior and exterior, and all emphasize safety and quality to prepare students for entry-level work in the construction field. Students participate in community construction projects, such as the Anderson Interfaith Ministries’ house and weatherization building. The coursework prepares students for successful completion of the Residential Builders’ License Exam and may be applied towards the Builders’ License required work experience. Daytime and evening classes are offered on the Pendleton Campus. Other related programs include HVAC and Welding Construction.

• Construction Technology Program Basic Carpentry Basic Masonry Residential Plumbing Residential Wiring

• Engineering Graphics Technology Associate Degree • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Associate Degree • Industrial Electronics Technology Associate Degree Basic Electronics

• Welding Technology Associate Degree Welding Diploma Gas & Arc Welding MIG & TIG Welding Operation of Manufacturing Robotics

Careers • Brickmason, Blockmason • Carpenter • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician • Electrical and Electronic Repairer, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay • Electrical Power Line Installer and Repairer • Electrician • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer • Mechanical Drafter • Plumber, Pipefitter, Steamfitter • Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter • Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazer


Tri-County Programs • Radio and Television Broadcasting

Make Your Career a Work of Art Great jobs are plentiful on both the creative and the technical side of careers in the arts, so as you picture your future, let your mind flow beyond the performance side of this career pathway. The “arts” is a broad field that also encompasses the “how to” of self-expression. From the A/V side that deals with the electronic transmission and display of information to the communications side that includes verbal, written and even graphic communication, the possibilities in this field are as open as your imagination.

Digital Production Techniques Graphic Communications

• Engineering Graphics Technology Associate Degree

Careers • Audio & Video Equipment Technician • Broadcast Technician • Camera Operator • Electronics Technician • Graphic Designer • Media Producer and Director • Photographer • Radio and Television Announcer • Reporter and Correspondent • Sound Engineering Technician

Tri-County Technical College is one of the few colleges in the nation that offers a two-year degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. You’ll learn not only the technical aspects of work in radio and television, but you’ll also develop your own personal talents and communication styles. Beyond the broadcasting basics, you’ll also learn photography skills, digital editing, lighting, copywriting, and communication ethics.

We’ve added an exciting new certificate in this area to help meet the needs of companies in our service area. Our Graphic Communications program teaches students current hardware and software for both print and web-based design, as well as the basic design principles for the workplace.


ARTS / AV TECHNOLOGY Radio & Television Broadcasting | Digital Production | Graphic Design

Robb Baker “Aside from marrying my wife and having kids, coming to Tri-County Technical College was the best decision I ever made,” said Robb Baker, a Radio and Television Broadcasting major. Robb had spent his working life in low-wage jobs that offered very little stability, but he was inspired by his wife, who attended Tri-County and landed a great job in the medical field. Robb came to the College thinking he wanted to do something with music, but the RTV program covers so many aspects of the field that he soon found his comfort zone behind a video camera. “I had never even shot a home video before, but the instructors did so much to bridge the gap between class and real life that when I started an internship at WYFF-4, I felt like I had been doing the job for years,” he said. Robb earned his degree in May, 2011, but before walking across the stage, he went from being an intern at WYFF through two promotions to his current position as Editor. “I loved my time at Tri-County and feel fortunate to have been a part of a program where the instructors – whom I now consider my friends – made such a difference in my life. I feel like I have a fantastic future ahead of me,” he added.


Tri-County Programs • Accounting Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Payroll Accounting

Get Down to Business Whether it’s the idea of being your own boss, crunching numbers, or closing a deal that’s appealing to you, there are a number of programs that can put you on the pathway to success. The business world is an exciting one – and a versatile one.

Tax Accounting

• Administrative Office Technology Administrative Support Data Entry Clerk Medical Office Specialist Office Support Specialist

• Management • Management: Banking and Finance Emphasis Business Foundations Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Human Resource Specialist Marketing Web-Based Business Marketing

Careers • Accounting and Auditing Clerk, Bookkeeper • Banking: Credit Authorizer, Checker, Clerk • Executive/Administrative Assistant • Management: Office/ Administrative Settings • Management: Retail/ Sales Settings • Medical Office Specialist • Office/Administrative Support • Payroll, Timekeeping Clerk • Tax Preparer


We’re always evaluating the needs of businesses around us and adjusting our programs to help our students better meet those needs. In Accounting, for instance, we offer not only a solid Associate Degree program that give students a thorough understanding of accounting principles and their application for practical business practices, but we also offer certificates for specialty areas, including Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Payroll Accounting and Tax Accounting. In the Management area, we offer an Associate Degree that trains students for entrylevel management positions in marketing, retail, human resources, administration and more. We also have an Associate Degree that offers specialized management training with a banking and finance emphasis. Certificates designed to complement

BUSINESS Accounting | Administrative Office | Management

either associate degree, including Business Foundations and Entrepreneurship/ Small Business Management, are offered as well. Our Human Resource certificate provides skills for a multitude of human resource-related tasks, while our Marketing certificate serves as a great added value for those seeking employment or those already employed in the business sector. In addressing the evolution of the web-based business world, we offer a certificate that enables students to assess the opportunities, limitations, issues and risks with these businesses. Our Administrative Office Technology program enables students to focus on office support in a variety of settings or to specialize in medical office support to meet the growing demands in the healthcare world.

Stefanie Cram ... works, raises four children, ages 11-18, and had never been to college before coming to Tri-County Technical College a couple of years ago. The Business major says she chose the College for its location, but adds that she has succeeded because of the small classroom sizes and the helpfulness of her instructors. Earning mostly As in all of her classes, the self-proclaimed “math-hater” says she finds even those classes enjoyable. “When I have a question, I can go to my instructors for help. They have been so helpful that I feel truly ready for the next step when I transfer to study Accounting at Clemson this fall.” As an added bonus, Stefanie says one of the best results of her decision to go to College is that her children see first-hand her commitment to her studies. “I feel I am being a good example to all of my kids,” she said.


EDUCATION AND TRAINING Early Childhood Development

Inspire and Instruct …future generations through studies in Early Childhood Development. This field requires a mastery of many fields, but there are few careers quite as rewarding. Effective teachers will recognize and respond to individual learning styles and tailor their own styles to ensure they work to get the best out of each and every child. And whether the subject is mastering the ABC song or doing mathematical equations, there’s no greater feeling than experiencing first-hand that “ah-ha” moment when the student gets it. Through Tri-County’s program, you’ll receive effective classroom training that will help you promote the positive development of young children, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through placements in early childhood centers and public school systems. On our Pendleton Campus, we offer an Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate in Early Childhood Development, as well as the opportunity to specialize in childcare management or the care of infants/toddlers. Day and evening programs are available, and some programs are offered on our Anderson and Easley campuses as well.

Tri-County Programs • Early Childhood Development Associate Degree Early Childhood Development Diploma Early Childhood Development Certificate Child Care Management Infant/Toddler

Careers • Childcare Center Manager • Childcare Worker • Pre-School Teacher • Teacher Assistant


HEALTH SCIENCE Nursing | Allied Health | Veterinary Technology

Examine a Career in Healthcare To be in demand in a challenging field, consider training for a career in the healthcare industry at Tri-County Technical College. Whether you want to work with people or pets, this exciting field will combine cutting-edge technology with your compassion to help care for the sick and injured.

NURSING The Associate Degree program at Tri-County will prepare you to function effectively as a registered nurse on a healthcare team. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse in the State, and our graduates continually meet, and many times exceed, state and national averages for pass rates. We also offer a Practical Nursing diploma program that prepares students for beginning-level staff nurses under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. For the fifth time in a decade, Practical Nursing students report a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN. We’ve made it easy to learn about the basic requirements for beginning the nursing program at TCTC. Visit, then click on “Academics,” “Prepare for a Career,” and “Nursing.” Once you’re there, click on the “Updates to Nursing” button where you’ll learn more about next steps, including a face-to-face meeting with our Nursing Liaison.

Whitney Peace ... knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. She calls it her “heartdriven career.” She worked as a nursing assistant before coming to Tri-County to earn credentials as an LPN, but she says it was the resources of the College and the instructors who gave her the confidence to be a great nurse. “Working on the patient simulators – all of them – helped expose us to the sounds and scenarios we would possibly see as nurses,” she said. The College uses technologically sophisticated adult and pediatric mannequins and simulators to model cardiovascular, respiratory and other health-related conditions to enable students to practice appropriate care procedures and treatments. Whitney also appreciated the personalized instruction she received. “They made sure we knew them and that we could come to them with any questions, big or small,” she said. Whitney works full-time at AnMed Health’s Kids Care.


Allied Health The field of healthcare expands far beyond doctors and nurses. From medical laboratory settings to surgical operating rooms, careers in allied health are as varied as the people for whom care is provided. When you work in allied health, you are involved (directly or indirectly) with patient health, and you are regarded as an expert in your field. You may practice independently, or you may work as part of a healthcare team, providing continual evaluation and assessment of patient needs. At Tri-County Technical College, we train for a variety of different allied health professions – and we train them to meet and exceed expectations. Our Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program trains students for work in specialty areas of dentistry, such as restorative dentistry and preventive oral healthcare. Our 2010 graduates of the program are celebrating a 100% pass rate on the Dental Assisting National Board exam. Another group celebrating 100% pass rates on their National Certification Exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology is the Medical Laboratory Technology graduates. Students in the MLT program study chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, laboratory operations and body fluids. Graduates of the 2010 Medical Assisting Class received a 100% passing score on the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination. This program trains students to be multi-skilled health professionals to work in ambulatory settings, performing both administrative and clinical duties. Other Allied Health programs at Tri-County include Surgical Technology, Pre-Pharmacy, and Veterinary Technology. Surgical Technology students assist during surgery in a variety of ways, including assisting in the maintenance of an aseptic environment and selecting/passing instruments during surgical procedures. In 2006, Tri-County became the first community college in the country to acquire a surgical simulator and integrate it into its curriculum.


The Pre-Pharmacy Associate Degree program fulfills prerequisite course requirements for application to the S.C. College of Pharmacy, Presbyterian College of Pharmacy, South University College of Pharmacy, and others in the Southeastern U.S. with individualized advisement.

HEALTH SCIENCE Nursing | Allied Health | Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Students who desire to work with animals can study to become a veterinary technician, a profession that provides professional support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, scientists and more. From assisting in surgery to administering anesthesia, veterinary technicians care for animals as nurses care for people. They’ll take vital statistics and ask the animal’s caregiver for a medical history. They’ll also take radiographs and sonograms, collect specimens needed for analysis, and conduct laboratory tests. They’ll even clean teeth, provide rehabilitation, and monitor surgical equipment. All in all, it’s a multi-faceted career. The variety in the work, including the variety of species seen, can keep the veterinary technician interested and challenged. There is a darker side of this profession, as the veterinary technician will have to handle care for unwanted, abused, neglected or severely injured animals. The emotional toll can be high, but often the technician finds great satisfaction from bringing the animal back to good health or finding it a new home. Through the program at Tri-County, you’ll have the opportunity to work on Pepper, the simulated head of a grown Labrador Retriever, that serves to teach anesthesia. The Veterinary Technology Department was the only community college in the country in 2006 chosen to receive Pepper. Classes are available in both the day and evening.

Tri-County Programs • Allied Health Preparation • Associate Degree Nursing Health Science A.D.N. Nursing Preparation

• Expanded Duty Dental Assisting • Medical Assisting • Medical Laboratory Technology • Practical Nursing • Pre-Dental Hygiene • Pre-Nursing • Pre-Pharmacy • Surgical Technology • Veterinary Technology

Careers • Expanded Duty Dental Assistant • Licensed Practical Nurse • Medical Assistant • Medical Laboratory Technician • Registered Nurse • Surgical Technologist • Veterinary Technician

Our Nursing programs are approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. Website:


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Computers | Information Technology

Get with IT It is virtually impossible to work in today’s world without computers. And if you consider yourself “into computers,” becoming the person who designs them, builds them, maintains them, repairs them, or even teaches others how to use them could be the best career move you make. As the world continues to want products faster and productivity boosted, nationwide, one in six new professional jobs will be in the world of Information Technology. Opportunities are available for individuals who are willing to keep up their training and knowledge to meet tomorrow’s needs, and Tri-County can help you be a part of that exciting future. Hands-on training helps students prepare for entry-level positions in a variety of environments, from business to industry, from education to government. For students pursuing a career in computer programming, we have the Associate Degree in Computer Technology. For those who are interested in a career as a computer support technician or network support technician, we offer an Information Technology emphasis. Other programs can also lead to jobs in the IT arena.

Tri-County Programs • Computer Technology • Computer Technology: Information Technology Emphasis

Careers • Computer Programmer • Computer Support Specialist • Database Administrator • Network and Computer Systems Administrator



Answer the Call to Public Service If serving and protecting your community appeals to you, our Criminal Justice program might be the best way for you to make a living doing just that. Learn about law enforcement, court systems, investigative techniques, forensic science, and more through our course offerings. About 20% of today’s jobs in South Carolina have to do with the government or military services, and the employment opportunities are numerous and are continuing to grow as our society changes. From protective services and security to police officers and legal assistants, positions are available for outgoing people who want to help, plan and protect. The Criminal Justice program at Tri-County offers an overview of courts and corrections systems, as well as education and human service agencies. You’ll learn the practical, theoretical, and technical applications of law enforcement, as well as get a broader understanding of the overall criminal justice system. Value-added certificates will help current law enforcement professionals enhance their skills as well.

Tri-County Programs • Criminal Justice Technology Crime Scene Investigation Law Enforcement and Corrections Service

Careers • Correctional Officer • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officer • Security Officer


Shatter the Myths about Manufacturing When you think of industry and manufacturing, you may have images of dirty jobs, hard manual labor and low wages. Or you may even think it’s a dead industry, with jobs being shipped overseas. That’s not the case at all. Take another look at the exciting – and high-paying – careers you can train for in the manufacturing career pathway. When it comes to manufacturing, you have choices that include everything from tool and die makers to biomedical equipment technicians. And the truth is, it doesn’t get much better than South Carolina for a great job in manufacturing. There are almost 5,000 manufacturing-related jobs in the State, ranging from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Today’s jobs are in clean, well-managed environments, and the highly skilled technicians who hold those jobs are often called on to use their minds as much as their hands to offer ideas and improvements. Nearly everything you use on a daily basis is a result of a manufacturing process – and those processes require the good work of men and women who embrace the exciting world of robotics, computers, automation and other forms of technology. Hands-on training programs at Tri-County take students well beyond the boundaries of the classroom setting. In the General Engineering Technology program, for example, recent student projects include making biodiesel fuel, a solar-powered go-cart, a windgenerator, a powerful electromagnet, a skittle sorter and a geodome.

Drew Holder


...started out at another college but felt like he wasn’t on the path to the career he was hoping for. “When I met with the advisors and instructors at Tri-County, they told me about the opportunities and directions I could go in – and they told me about the companies in this region who were looking for graduates with this degree and my experience,” he said. Through Tri-County’s Industrial Electronics Technology program, Drew was able to participate in a co-op program with Duke Energy, which helped him get his foot in the door for full-time employment. He credits his instructors for helping him get a jumpstart on his career, saying, “The teachers have been in this industry and they know for certain what we, as students, will face outside these walls. I’d be lost without the wide variety of knowledge they shared.”

MANUFACTURING Automotive | EGT | HVAC | IET | IST | MTT | Mechatronics | Welding

Tri-County Programs • Automotive Technology Automotive Air Conditioning Systems Automotive Transmission Systems Automotive Braking Systems Automotive Engine Electrical Systems Automotive Engine Performance Systems

• Engineering Graphics Technology • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology • Industrial Electronics Technology

Basic Electronics

CAD/CAM/CNC Fundamentals

• Industrial Supervision Technology Introduction to Manufacturing Management Technology Manufacturing and Continuous Process Improvement Textile Yarn Manufacturing Introduction to Quality Assurance

• Machine Tool Technology Introduction to CNC Basic Machining

CNC Math and Print Reading

• Mechatronics Technology Mechatronics I Mechatronics II

• Welding Technology Welding Diploma Gas & Arc Welding MIG & TIG Welding Operations of Manufacturing Robots

Careers • Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setter, Operator and Tender • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician • Electrical and Electronics Repairer, Commercial and Industrial Equipment • Electrical and Electronics Repairer, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay

• Electrical Power Line Installer and Repairer • Electrician • Engineering Technician • First Line Supervisor/Manager of Mechanic, Installer and Repairer • First-Line Supervisor/Manager of Production and Operating Worder • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer • Industrial Machinery Mechanic

• Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher • Installation, Maintenance and Repair Worker • Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setter, Operator and Tender • Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer • Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter • Tool and Die Maker • Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazer


Through our Corporate and Community Education Division, we offer many lifelong learning opportunities for career advancement and complete career shifts. Our new QuickJobs training programs are developed to meet your needs, offering affordable training that can be completed in 90 days or less for a variety of in-demand jobs. Some current programs include Certified Production Technician, Customer Services, Fiber Optics, Horticulture, Nurse Aide, PreHighway Construction Inspector/Testing and more. New programs are added as needs arise, so check online at for the latest in programs and schedules.

Lamar Dendy

{32} a maintenance technician at U.S. Engine Valve, where he has been employed for 21 years. Over the years, Lamar has taken advantage of various types of training through the College’s Corporate and Community Education Division. He completed the Primedia courses (online maintenance technician training) several years ago and now is enrolled in a Mechatronics class that focuses on the blending of mechanical and electrical skills. “Mechatronics classes make me a better employee,” said Lamar. “The material is relevant to my job, and the instructor uses a hands-on training format that makes you want to learn more. U. S. Engine Valve values its employees and invests in training to make us the best employees we can be.”

CORPORATE & COMMUNITY EDUCATION QuickJobs Training | Career Development | Community Interest

Also in this division, our Personal Development and Community Education classes are designed to help you with your personal hobbies and interests, and include fun classes like dance, cake decorating and photography. Other popular topics include driver’s education, framing and matting, sports and recreation classes and ghost hunting. Career Development programs offer ways to help you improve your skills or learn new ones in exciting career paths. Certificates are offered in Turfgrass Management, Interior Design, Web Design, SLED Certified Private Security Officer Training, Truck Driving and more. In the Healthcare area, the CCE division offers a number of career certificates and licensure programs, such as EKG Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Aide and many other healthcare topics.



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CONTACT INFORMATION 2011-2012 | Pendleton Campus 7900 Highway 76 Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-8361

Anderson Campus 511 Michelin Boulevard Anderson, SC 29625 864-260-6700

Oconee Campus Hamilton Career Center 100 Vocational Drive Seneca, SC 29672

Important Telephone Numbers Main Number 864-646-8361 College Information 864-646-1500 Admissions 864-646-1550 Financial Aid 864-646-1650 Career Services 864-646-1577 Toll Free (within the 864 area code) 1-866-269-5677 TDD/VOICE 1-800-735-2905

Easley Campus 1774 Powdersville Road Easley, SC 29642 864-220-8888 | 864-646-8361

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Our experts are on hand to talk with you about possible career pathways, academic programs available at Tri-County Technical College, the enrollment process, and more. Make plans now to visit one of our campuses to get to know us better!

Small Group or Individual Tours A walking tour of our Pendleton Campus is offered on Fridays at 11 a.m. These tours are designed for individuals or groups of up to 20. Call the Information Center at 864-646-1500 to reserve a space. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Report to the Information Center located in Miller Hall, Pendleton Campus. To set up a tour of one of our other community campuses, you may contact those campuses directly. (Telephone numbers are located inside the back cover of this publication.)

Large Group Tours These tours are ideal for school groups of 20-100 students who would like to learn more about Tri-County Technical College. Tour guides will offer a general presentation about our College, our academic programs, student life, and various services available. Pendleton Campus tours last about 90 minutes and are available by appointment only. Contact the Information Center at 864-6461500 for scheduling details. To set up a tour of one of our other community campuses, you may contact those campuses directly. (Telephone numbers are located inside the back cover of this publication.)

Annual College-Wide Open House Explore, discover and envision your future at our Annual College-Wide Open House. Representatives from all of our divisions will have demonstrations, literature, talks and more on display for you to peruse as you visit our Pendleton Campus at this exciting annual event held the fourth Friday in February. More details will be made available on the home page of our website in January to help you plan your visit.

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