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 — $80,000 provided by Aiken County and the remainder from federal education grants.
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 on-line in the summer of 2001.
Under Dr. Winsor’s tenure, the $7.6 million, 52,000-square-foot Health and Science Building was constructed with classes beginning in fall 2003. The addition of this building allowed the College to offer Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, and the Medical Coding programs. The Associate Degree in Nursing program became available there in fall 2005. With the completion of the Health and Science Building, a student commons was created and dedicated to Senator Thomas L. Moore in 2004.
The 700-800 Building was renovated in 2003-2004 and opened for classes in 2005. The renovation created multimedia classrooms, a state-of-the-art Testing Center, and an inviting and well-equipped Academic Success Center.
Most recently, ATC opened its 6,090-square-foot Enrollment Services Center in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building. By combining the College’s admissions and records, financial aid, and academic advising into one convenient location, ATC has streamlined the enrollment process for students.
In 2014, ATC will break ground on the $8.5 million Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing on the ATC campus, a state-of-the-art facility that will house the College’s welding, nuclear and mechatronics programs and provide the highest quality training to the area’s future nuclear and advanced manufacturing workforce.
ATC was home to the Knights men’s basketball program from 1991-2013, and the Lady Knights women’s fast pitch softball program from 2006- 2013. The College offers opportunities for student leadership and development through a number of clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Campus Ambassador Program, Student Veterans Association and Christian Life Club.
Through partnerships with local, regional and national nonprofit organizations, government entities, industries and educational institutions, ATC has created numerous pathways to assist veterans in achieving educational goals or advancing within their military careers. The ATC campus is home to nearly 300 veterans and veterans’ dependants.
As it celebrated its 40th anniversary, ATC had a total headcount of 3,888 in 2013, and trained many more students through its non-credit courses and other offerings.
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, nuclear and computer technology programs.
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