Aiken Technical College

Aiken Technical College Aiken Technical College is one of the 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System and has been serving the community for more than 40 years.

More than 3,400 students enroll in credit courses annually, and ATC’s non-credit offerings reach over 10,000 people each year.Nearly four decades after its founding, ATC has grown into a multi-service, two-year comprehensive college offering numerous educational opportunities in college transfer credit and noncredit health, public service, business, industrial engineering and computer technology programs.HistoryClasses for what is now Aiken Technical College began in temporary facilities in Aiken in the fall of 1972. One hundred and seventy-seven students enrolled in the first class of what was then the Aiken Technical Education Center. The current campus opened in the winter of 1973.The original ATC campus consisted of three buildings constructed at a cost of $2.3 million — $80,000 provided by Aiken County and the remainder from federal education grants.Founding President Ashley J. Little led ATC from its beginning as a vocationally based training center to its accreditation as a two-year technical college in 1975. The College’s name was changed to Aiken Technical College in 1977. President Little also presided over the campus’ second phase expansion, a $3.5 million addition of buildings, classrooms, laboratories and a greatly expanded library.The Aiken Technical College Foundation was chartered in 1977 as a South Carolina nonprofit organization. While fiscally and organizationally separate from ATC, funds for the Foundation are distributed to benefit and advance the College and the encouragement and subsidization of ATC students and faculty.Dr. Paul L. Blowers became the second president of ATC in July 1984. During the decade that Dr. Blowers presided over the campus, ATC grew from 1,104 academic and continuing education students to more than 3,300 students. ATC also increased its course offerings, added two college transfer degrees and built a $3 million Student Activities Center financed by student fees.

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