Greenville Technical College
About Greenville Technical College
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville Technical College is an institution of higher education offering associate's degrees and certificates. Greenville Tech focuses on training people for careers, particularly in technology-related fields and has around 15,000 enrolled students. Greenville is within driving distance of Charlotte, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia and has a population of approximately 56,000. For art and culture, Greenville has the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. The Carolina Ballet Theater performs often in Greenville and the Centre Stage is a professional theater troupe performing in Greenville.
In 1960, South Carolina governor, Ernest F. Hollings, established a statewide network of 13 technical centers. He believed that the state needed to train a strong work force in order to attract businesses and industry. Greenville Technical Education Center opened in September of 1962. It later became Greenville Technical College and established a relationship with Clemson University to offer credit transfers.
Greenville Tech's department of engineering technology offers three different programs for students interested in architecture design. Students can earn an associate's degree in architectural engineering technology or a certificate in architectural computer aided design (CAD) or residential design. The associate degree prepares students for careers in architectural and engineering firms, construction, and building materials retail. Coursework teaches students to convert drawings into architectural documents, to supervise projects, to estimate costs, and to plan projects. The CAD certificate program teaches students to use CAD to draw 3D architectural projects and is intended to complement the architectural associate's program. The residential design certificate is designed to follow the associate's degree. Students are taught the basics of design, architectural styles and structures, how to design a residence, how to make models and diagrams, and how to present information to an audience.
Greenville offers an associate's degree in arts with a focus on either graphic design or web design. The graphic design concentration teaches students drawing, design principles, photography, and computer graphics. Students are prepared for careers in design, freelance art, advertising, and production. The web design concentration prepares students for careers in creating web sites.
Greenville Tech's financial aid office helps students put together a package of scholarships, grants, and loans to help pay for tuition. Enrolled students interested in aid must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students in need can receive aid from federal and state grants, lottery tuition assistance, federal loans, work study, and scholarships.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Greenville Technical College to award associate's degrees and certificates.