Aiken Technical College is an equal educational opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Aiken Technical College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Sections 503/504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Vietnam Era Veterans Re-adjustment Assistance Act, as well as other applicable federal and state laws. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:
Aiken Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Aiken Technical College.
For employee inquiries, contact
Director of Human Resources
Aiken Technical College
P.O. Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
For student inquiries, contact
S. Vinson Burdette
Dean of Student Development
Aiken Technical College
P.O. Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
Director, Office of Civil Rights
Department of Education
Washington, DC 20201
Aiken Technical College makes no claim that a particular course of study will guarantee a certain position of employment.
Aiken Technical College reserves the right to change admission requirements in any manner it deems necessary. The College also reserves the right to drop, add or change the arrangement of courses, curricula, academic standards or requirements for retention or graduation.Changes in regulations go into effect when announced by faculty or the administration. New regulations may govern both continuing and new students without actual notice to individual students. Information on changes will be available from academic advisors or appropriate administrative offices and will be published in subsequent issues of the catalog.
A student admitted to the College is granted the right to complete programs as stated in the college catalog at the time of initial matriculation to the program if the student continuously earns credit each semester, not including summer terms. The maximum time for a student to maintain catalog rights is seven years.
Notice of Student Responsibility: Failure to read this publication does not excuse students from rules and procedures described herein. Personal factors, illness or contradictory advice from any source are not acceptable grounds for seeking exemption from these rules and procedures.
The College reserves the right to make changes in course requirements as long as the total number of credits required for completion of the program does not change. A student who must reapply for admission enters the College under the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
Vision & Mission
Vision: We envision Aiken Technical College as a catalyst for developing educated, engaged and employable individuals whose collective energy will be the driving force for prosperity and the quality of life in our diverse communities.
Mission: Aiken Technical College is a public, open-door, two-year, comprehensive institution of higher education established to provide citizens of greater Aiken County opportunities for educational, economic, professional, civic and personal development. Through its focus on teaching and learning, the college supports economic growth and community development by educating and training students for entry into the workforce or for further higher education.
History of Aiken Technical College
Classes 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 — $800,000 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. President Little served ATC and the South Carolina Technical College system for 14 years before his retirement in 1984.
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. Dr. Blowers retired in 1994.
Dr. Kathleen A. Noble became the third president of ATC in June 1994. During her tenure, ATC added many allied health, business, and industrial management and safety courses and programs to its curriculum. The College also developed new partnerships that allowed ATC to provide around-the-clock training and educational services on plant sites. Dr. Noble was a major force in matching College services with areas of the community that might best take advantage of them. The College also broke ground on the $5.375 million, 40,000-square-foot Dale Phelon Information Technology Center during her tenure. Dr. Noble left ATC in 1999.
Dr. Susan A. Winsor became ATC’s fourth president in September 1999. She oversaw the construction of the Dale Phelon Information Technology Center that opened for classes in the fall of 2000. She also oversaw the construction of the $3 million, 30,000-square-foot CSRA Manufacturing and Technology Training Center that came online in the summer of 2001. When classes began in the fall of 2003, students and faculty welcomed the opening of the campus’ latest addition under her leadership, a $7.6 million, 52,671-square-foot Health and Science Building.
Aiken Technical College dedicated its student commons in honor of Senator Tommy L. Moore in the spring of 2004, in recognition of his efforts to ensure that the Health and Science Building remained in the 1999 bond bill and that the Dale Phelon Information Technology Center remained in the 1997 bond bill.
The 700 Building came back online in January 2005 after extensive and complete renovation, and now provides students with an academic success center and a testing center, as well as a revitalized campus amphitheater, which is often used for community meetings and events.
Renovations on the Ashley J. Little Administration Building began in 2006 and were completed in 2008. The building with its freshened classrooms and offices is now re-occupied.
While the ATC campus has grown, so has its enrollment. More than 3,500 students enroll in credit courses annually, and ATC’s non-credit offerings reach nearly 14,000 people each year.
More than four decades after its founding, ATC has grown into a multi-service, two-year comprehensive college offering numerous educational opportunities in university transfer, health, public service, business, industrial technology, engineering technology, office systems technology and computer technology programs.
New programs are being continually added as the workforce needs of the CSRA and South Carolina evolve. In 2008 the Radiation Protection Technology program was launched to meet the needs of the reemerging nuclear industry. In 2012-13 the College has added five certificates in Nuclear Quality Systems, and is working toward final approval of an Associates degree in this area. ATC is also among the first colleges in the nation to develop a hydrogen curriculum to meet the needs of employers working to develop this potential new energy source.