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Aiken Technical College Ranks No. 1 in Graduate Job Placement Rates Among Technical Colleges Statewide

(April 23, 2015, Aiken, SC) Aiken Technical College has achieved the highest graduate job placement rate statewide, ahead of 15 other colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System. 

ATC’s graduate placement rate was near-perfect in 2012-2013, with 96.7% of graduates finding jobs in their field of study or continuing on to further education.  The system-wide average among South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges was 86% of students who were placed in a job related to their education, or who are continuing their studies and furthering their education.
 
“We are incredibly proud of our excellent job placement rate and what it means for our graduates and our community,” said ATC Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Experience Bryan Newton.  “ATC’s administration, faculty and staff all work closely with regional industry partners to place students in the careers of their choice.  Given the high quality of the faculty teaching ATC programs, we are able to ensure that our students’ education matches industry demands, and this results in our graduates being employed in jobs throughout the CSRA.”
 
ATC offers associate degree, diploma and certificate programs in a variety of high-demand fields, including health sciences, business, computer technology, public service, industrial maintenance, electronic engineering technology, nuclear and more.

Through its Technical Scholars Program, students pursuing education in certain technical fields are able to be employed part-time by local companies while still in school.  Companies pay the students’ tuition and fees, and upon graduation there is an opportunity for the student to become fully employed with the sponsoring company. 

In addition, academic programs at ATC offer students opportunities for hands-on training in the classroom and many include required or optional internship or clinical rotation components.  Often, students completing an internship with an area employer may later be hired on full-time.  ATC also partners with four-year institutions to offer students pathways to continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree.
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