History

Aiken Technical College has served the greater Aiken County community since 1972. In its 50 years, the College has made significant contributions to educate minds, change lives, and enrich communities..

Feasibility Study Request

Leaders of Aiken County request a feasibility study for establishing a Technical Education Center in Aiken County

January 1969

Study Completed

Feasibility Study completed and TEC is recommended

May 1969

ATC Location

Site of ATC is elected and purchased

March 4, 1970

New Director

Ashley Little named Director & $2 million campus plan revealed

April 23, 1970

Economic Development Funding

$1.3 million in funding from the Economic Development Administration, Coastal Plains Regional Commission, and the US Office of Education to establish ATC

September 16, 1971

Founding

Aiken Technical Education Center founded as a vocationally based training center; 177 students enrolled in the first class; Mr. Ashley J. Little served as the founding director (later title updated to “President”)

September 1, 1972

Winter

Current campus opened with three buildings; the construction cost was $2.3 million--$80,000 was provided by Aiken County and the remainder from federal education grants

Winter 1973

Campus Dedication

Campus is formally dedicated.  College has 11 full time degree and diploma programs and 110 evening Extension Division courses

April 1973

Accreditation

Center receives accreditation recognizing it as a two-year technical college

1975

Foundation Founding

Aiken Technical College Foundation was founded and awarded 30 student scholarships

1977

Name Change

Institution’s name changed to Aiken Technical College

March 1978

President Retires

President Ashley J. Little retires

1984

President Inauguration

Dr. Paul L. Blowers becomes second president of Aiken Technical College

July 1984

Time Capsule Burial

A time capsule was buried near the flagpole in observance of the 25th anniversary of SC technical education, to be opened in 25 years.

1986

Child Development Center

Child Development Center was built on campus (now home of Campus Security)

January 1987

Accreditation Reaffirmed

Aiken Technical College’s accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

June 1990

New Mission

ATC expanded its mission to offer AA and AS transfer degrees and added a Continuing Education/Amphitheater/Classroom building (700/800)

Fall 1990

Meet the Knights

College begins new basketball sports program; team is called the “Knights”

Fall 1991

Second President Retires

President Dr. Paul L. Blowers retired after completion of Student Center/Multipurpose gymnasium/Classroom building (900)

1994

Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Kathleen Noble becomes the third president of Aiken Technical College

June 1994

ATC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

ATC celebrated with a 25th Anniversary Campaign that raised over $2 million

1997

Land Aquisition

ATC purchased 183 acres adjoining the current campus as part of 25-year Master Plan

1998

Presidential Resignation

President Dr. Kathleen Noble resigns

1999

Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Susan A. Winsor becomes the fourth president of Aiken Technical College

September 1999

Information Technology Center

Dale Phelon Information Technology Center opened for classes

Fall 2000

Manufacturing and Technology Center

  • Construction of the CSRA Manufacturing and Technology Center was complete; construction cost was $3 million

  • ATC makes the decision to close the Child Development Center.

Summer 2001

Test Center

ATC opens the Test Center

December 2001

30th Anniversary & Groundbreaking

  • ATC celebrates its 30th anniversary

  • ATC breaks ground on the Health and Science Building

2002

Distant Learning

ATC begins offering distance learning courses

Fall 2002

Health Sciences Building Opens

Health Sciences Building opened; construction cost was $7.6 million

Fall 2003

Renovations

700/800 Building undergoes renovations

2003-2004

Commons

Outdoor student commons area created between Dale Phelon Information Technology Center, Health Sciences Building, and the Gregg-Graniteville Student Activities Center; the area was dedicated to former SC Senator Thomas L. Moore, who represented Senate District 44 from 1981 until 2007 and represented SC House District 44 as a House Representative from 1979-1980

2004

Lady Knights

College begins new fast pitch softball sports program; team is called the “Lady Knights”

Fall 2004

Reopening

700/800 Building reopens for classes; the renovation created multimedia classrooms, a Test Center, and Academic Success Center (now known as the Student Success Center)

2005

Enrollment Services

New Enrollment Services Center opened; the center centralized admissions and records, financial aid, and academic advising services into one convenient location

2013

Sports Programs End

College ends its sports programs (basketball and softball)

Fall 2013

Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing

College broke ground for Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing

2014

Dedication

Dedication held for new Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing; To fund the $8.5 million project, the College received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and $2.4 million from the S.C. state legislature to use along with $1.5 million of College funding. The ATC Foundation also led a $2 million capital campaign, Putting Knowledge to Work. The funding sources combined allowed the facility to be completed without debt

September 2015

Presidential Retirement

President Dr. Susan A. Winsor retires; is recognized as the College’s longest serving President

June 2016

Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Forest E. Mahan became the fifth President of Aiken Technical College

July 1, 2016

Tower and Wireless

New Tower and Wireless continuing education program launched in partnership with Warriors 4 Wireless

March 2020

Remote Operations

Aiken Technical College transitions to fully remote operations due to COVID-19 pandemic per executive order from SC Gov. Henry McMaster

March 16, 2020

Return to Work

Aiken Technical College begins a phased return to face-to-face, on-campus operations after being fully remote since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 1, 2020

College Advancement

College creates new Advancement Division, merging the following functions into one division: ATC Foundation/Resource Development; Institutional Effectiveness, Technology, and Teaching; and Marketing and Public Relations

September 2020

Face-to-Face

Aiken Technical College completes the phased return to face-to-face, on-campus operations; all operations have returned to normal with COVID-19 safety precautions continued to be implemented

March 15, 2021

Reaccreditation

Aiken Technical College’s accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

July 2021
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