Name: Greenville Technical College
President: Keith Miller
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1962
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 52.9%
Full Time: 47.1%
African American: 23.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.6%
Native American: 0.4%
Quote from the President
“Greenville Technical College works closely with area employers to meet workforce needs. Manufacturing is the backbone of Upstate South Carolina’s economy, and the college partners with existing companies and those considering a move to the area to see that they have the tools they need to succeed and expand. Apprenticeships and co-op agreements with well-established names and up-and-coming entries to the market such as BMW, GE, Michelin, Bosch Rexroth, and ADEX Machining allow students to gain real-world experience as they complete their studies. Plans are now underway to establish an enterprise campus, where industry and education can join forces to combat the skills gap that threatens to hamper the success of manufacturing.”
Culinary Creations was conceived by the local school district in 2009 as a way to replace canned, pre-packaged, institutional food in school cafeterias with fresh, locally sourced, nutritious dishes that kids want to eat. Cafeteria workers are trained to make the switch in the kitchens of the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College’s Northwest Campus. There they learn how to purchase, store, and prepare unprocessed foods, replacing traditional school menu options with dishes such as pizza with whole grain crust, veggie tacos, and tomato chickpea soup.
Greenville Tech Gives Back, established in 2012, allows faculty, staff, and students to interact in informal settings as they make a difference in the community. Nearly 400 volunteers have turned out to benefit ten different organizations, impacting poverty, hunger, addiction, and quality of life.
The college has made service excellence a priority with a commitment to seeing that every interaction with a student, potential student, member of the community, or employee results in a positive experience. This fall, service excellence was applied to the process of new student enrollment. Employees volunteered to help remove obstacles for new students through face-to-face and phone triage assistance for the busy admissions and financial aid offices, working at new student orientations, and manning welcome tents.
The college’s Quick Jobs with a Future program delivers short-term job training that gives working adults or those in transition the skill sets to compete in today’s marketplace while matching the needs of area employers. Since it started in 2001, Quick Jobs has reduced barriers to education and employment for close to 27,000 clients. More than 100 affordable online and in-class courses and programs are offered in health care; skilled trades and technical training for manufacturing and industry; environmental, occupational health and safety; and creative careers.