Technical Scholars, a two- to three-year commitment, enables qualified students to earn an associate degree from Aiken Technical College, while working for local industries. Technical Scholars offers students a unique opportunity to gain academic and practical experience simultaneously. The participating student attends class full-time and works with a sponsoring company 15-20 hours per week. The sponsoring company pays for the student’s books and tuition after financial aid has been applied. Each Technical Scholar will be paid up to $18 per hour for the semester (minimum of $14 per hour; Technical Scholars may be paid more per hour at the sponsoring company's discretion). Thereafter, the sponsoring company may award incentive increases based on company policies and academic/work performance. No previous technical experience or training is required. What can the Technical Scholars Program do for you?
It can …
- Provide you with free tuition and books, regardless of your (or your parent’s) income.
- Provide you with a well-paying, part-time job while you attend school full-time.
- Provide you with on-the-job experience in your field.
- Advance your education in your chosen field.
- Allow you to earn an associate degree in your field.
- Serve as an entry point to a well-paying job after graduation.
- BAE Systems
- Solvay Specialty Polymers
- The Carlstar Group
- Zeus Industries
- To provide appropriate technical training, area industries and the College collaborate in the on-going development, implementation, and evaluation of Technical Scholars sponsorship requirements.
- To incorporate essential knowledge, skills, and experiences into a coordinated sequence of academic courses and on-the-job training.
- To select students with the potential to complete a rigorous academic and experiential curriculum which will prepare them for success in highly technical careers.
- To provide alternative educational experiences for academically qualified individuals entering technical careers.
- To enable students to obtain an associate degree in selected technical fields regardless of the student’s financial status by providing scholarships and paid cooperative work experiences.
- To provide an opportunity for graduates to secure rewarding careers with outstanding area industries.
- To develop (and provide) qualified individuals for area industries through an on-going, proven process of selecting, training, and promoting high-quality technicians.
- To promote an awareness among students, parents, and educators of the technical demands and technical careers present in today’s workplace.
If you are interested in working in a technical field, take a moment to review our curriculum:
- Computer Programming Technology (CPT)
- Electronic Engineering Technology (EET)
- Engineering Graphics Technology (EGT)
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT)
- Machine Tool Technology (MTT)
- Radiological Control (RPT)
- Welding (WLD)
A limited number of positions are available each year. To apply for a position, or if you want additional information, contact the Technical Scholars Student Coordinator.