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Greenville Technical College Restructures Academics

Jun 06, 2019 10:26AM

Greenville Technical College has restructured its academic divisions into six schools. These schools align with pathways offered by Greenville County Schools as they group academic choices into clusters that are logical and easy for the public to access. Additionally, the six schools correlate with the target industries of the county via the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC).

The new schools are the School of Aviation, Construction & Transportation Technologies; the School of Business & Computer Technology; the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology; the School of Health Sciences; the School of Education & Professional Studies; and the School of Arts and Sciences.

The School of Aviation, Construction & Transportation Technologies offers programs in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Auto Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Building Construction Technology, and more.

The School of Business & Computer Technology includes programs in Accounting, Administrative Office Technology, Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Computer Technology, Data Analytics, and other related majors.

The School of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Technology prepares graduates to take advantage of strong opportunities in these sectors through programs in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics, and a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

The School of Health Sciences includes Nursing and allied health specialties such as Animal Studies, Health Information Management, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care.

The School of Education & Professional Studies offers programs in Criminal Justice, Early Childcare, Human Services, Paralegal, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Sustainable Agriculture, and Teacher Education.

The School of Arts and Sciences prepares graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, with an Honors Program option for highly motivated students. Students will continue to benefit from the first year experience programming and student support services for academic advancement and have Quick Jobs training options through the college’s Economic Development and Corporate Training unit.

“This change from divisions to schools is significant in helping students find what they are interested in so that they can move forward with their futures,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, vice president for learning and workforce development. “By aligning with the pathways students are accustomed to in Greenville County Schools, we provide a more seamless path from where they are to the career they plan to enter. The additional efforts to link the schools with GADC strengthens our community’s competitive advantage in economic development recruitment by illustrating that our K-12 and higher education systems are aligned, and we have a well-coordinated workforce development plan in creating a pipeline of talent for years to come.”