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ATC Entrance 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:

For employee inquiries, contact
Ms. Sylvia Byrd
Director of Human Resources
Aiken Technical College
P.O. Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
(803) 508-7494

For student inquiries, contact
Dr. S. Vinson Burdette
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Aiken Technical College
P.O. Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
(803) 508-7244
Director, Office of Civil Rights
Department of Education
Washington, DC 20201

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.

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 your advisor or appropriate administrative offices and will be published in subsequent issues of the catalog.

Catalog Rights

A student admitted to ATC 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.

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Vision & Mission

Vision: Aiken Technical College seeks to be the first choice for higher education in the region.

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 and workforce development.

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.

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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 September 1999 and retired in June 2016. During her tenure, 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 a $7.6 million, 52,671-square-foot Health and Science Building.

Dr. Forest E. Mahan became the College’s fifth and current president in July 2016. He has served more than 20 years within the South Carolina Technical College System in various roles at two of ATC’s sister institutions prior to coming to ATC. Within the first year of his leadership, Dr. Mahan led the College through a strategic planning process to develop a plan to lead the College to its 50th anniversary in 2022.

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.ATC Campus Current

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 to freshen classrooms and offices in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building began in 2006 and were completed in 2008.

In the summer of 2012, ATC began renovations on a $1.5 million 6,090-square-foot Enrollment Services Center in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building. The center, which combined the college's Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Advising departments into one convenient location, came online in early 2013.

During the summer of 2014, the College broke ground for its 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 $2.5 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. The Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing was dedicated in September 2015, under the continued leadership of Dr. Winsor and broad community support.

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, nuclear technology and computer technology programs.

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