Dec 01, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
2020-2021 College Catalog

College Overview


Message from the President


Thank you for choosing Tri-County Technical College to be your partner in education as you prepare for a successful and rewarding future.

At Tri-County Technical College, our students come first. We are committed to your success. Excellent instruction, small class sizes, and a caring, dedicated faculty and staff are just a few of the reasons students choose Tri-County.

With four campuses to serve you - Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Oconee - pursuing your education has never been more convenient. We offer online courses and evening classes, as well as courses in learning centers located in Sandy Springs and Honea Path. Our students are eligible for a number of federal and state financial aid and scholarship programs, including Pell grants, State Lottery Tuition Assistance, and SCWINS, which makes the cost of attending Tri-County very affordable.

As you peruse the pages of this Catalog, you will see a wide variety of career programs that prepare students for the workplace of now and the future, including programs in business and public services, health education, and engineering and industrial technology. We also have a strong university transfer program to prepare students for entry into a four-year college or university. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence, and we have nearly 30 external advisory committees that help us keep our programs aligned with the ever-changing needs of the workplace. Area employers seek out and hire Tri-County Technical College graduates, and many of our alumni have risen to top management positions with local, national, and international corporations.

No matter your background, you will feel at home at Tri-County Technical College. While our average age is 22, our students range in age from the teens to the sixties, and they come from diverse racial, ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds. I invite you to visit us at your earliest opportunity to meet our outstanding faculty and staff and to see for yourself the excellent facilities, programs, and services we have to offer.

Best wishes as you pursue your educational goals.

In your service,


D. Galen DeHay, President

 

Message from the Student Government Association President


Dear Students of Tri-County,

I am truly honored to welcome you to the place I have called my second home for the past two years. I hope you are excited for this new chapter you have embarked on. I know you have many different emotions running through you right about now, but don’t worry. Here at Tri-County, we have some of the most helpful people you could ask for, and that’s what I am here to help you with. I wish I could tell you everything will fall in to place right away, but that’s the thing about college - it’s where you can find yourself and what you are meant to do in life. It is the first step to your success, which you already know because you are here, and that is something to be proud of.

My journey started here in the spring of 2018. Like many, I didn’t know what to expect, and I just wanted to keep my head down. I can now say I am sure glad I didn’t. I found the Student Government Association by accident. SGA has changed my life here at Tri-County, and I am honored to be a part of the voice of our students. I began my SGA journey as a Senator, then moved to Treasurer, and now I am writing to you as the Student Government President. There have been so many rewarding and humbling opportunities to come out of this journey with SGA. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and be a part of the voice of our students. I promise you will not regret it. After all, your voice matters here at TCTC.

Here at TCTC, we are known for being able to offer college to a diverse range of students. Even if you are a non-traditional student like me, there is a place for you here at Tri-County. I was already part of the workforce and had been out of high school for almost 8 years when I decided to come to Tri-County. Because of the resources they offer, I am receiving my Associates Degree and will be starting at Clemson University in the fall of 2020. I can tell you from experience, there will always someone to guide you and help you. Whether you have questions about your program, or are looking for clubs or organizations to join, I promise you, all you need to do is ask. You are important and you have a voice at TCTC. Never forget that.

I leave you with this advice: It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you are in your life’s journey, the most important thing to remember is you took the first step into a successful and rewarding future by enrolling at Tri-County. Be proud of that. I wish you the best of luck in your journey, and I hope you are about to experience some of the best years of your life.

Amber Davenport
SGA President

 

Accreditation and Memberships


Tri-County 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 Tri-County Technical College. (www.sacscoc.org)

Accreditation information for the following individual programs is noted elsewhere in this Catalog under the specific program heading: Accounting, Administrative Office Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, Business Administration, Early Care and Education, Emergency Medical Technology, Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology.

 

Institutional Memberships


Alliance Pickens

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Anderson Economic Development Board

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Chamber of Commerce, Clemson, Pickens County

Chamber of Commerce, Anderson County

Chamber of Commerce, Easley

Chamber of Commerce, Oconee County

Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA)

Council for Higher Education (CHE)

Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Innovate Anderson

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship

Oconee Economic Alliance

SC Association of Community College Trustees

SC Chamber of Commerce

Sister Cities of Anderson

Society for College and University Planning

South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Southern Association of Colleges with Associate Degrees

Upstate SC Alliance

 

Nondiscrimination


Student Code

Students are members of our College community and are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership. It is each student’s responsibility to be aware of, and act in accordance, with TCTC policies and procedures. The policies and procedures are outlined in the College Catalog, its appendices, and at www.tctc.edu.

 

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Tri-County Technical College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in employment, admissions, financial aid, and educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender, veteran’s status, pregnancy, childbirth or other categories protected by applicable law. This policy is intended to meet Tri-County Technical College’s responsibilities under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, The Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Violence against Women Act, the Pregnancy Accommodations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) and applicable provisions of the South Carolina Human Affairs Law. 

Student inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to:

Ms. Linda Jameison, Vice President, Student Support and Engagement, Pendleton Campus, Student Success Center, Room 123, 864-646-1562.

Employee inquiries may be directed to:

Ms. Marcia Leake, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Pendleton Campus, Anderson Hall, Room 206, 864-646-1790.

 

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) works with students who have disabilities, medical or mental health conditions, or attention-related diagnoses to ensure access to all programs and services. This is done by establishing reasonable academic accommodations once a student requests services from the ARC. Documentation requirements and additional information can be found at www.tctc.edu/ARC. Accommodations cannot be retroactively applied to previous courses or course content prior to the determination of accommodations by the ARC.

Students with disabilities must self-identify and are encouraged to fill out the online Initial Request for Accessibility Services form at www.tctc.edu/ARC or schedule an appointment with a staff member in the ARC to review individual situations. This review process should happen as early as possible, preferably before the first day of classes. Students may schedule an appointment by contacting the ARC at 864-646-1563, or visiting the ARC in the Student Support suite in the Ronnie L. Booth Student Success Center (Pendleton Campus).  The ARC staff can meet students at any of our other campus locations upon request; please visit the front desk at the Anderson, Easley, or Oconee campuses to request such a meeting. 

Tri-County Technical College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

 
 

College History


In the early 1960s, South Carolina created a system of technical colleges to serve as “a tool for economic development” within the state. Founded in 1962, Tri-County Technical College has grown into a comprehensive two-year community and technical college that serves approximately 7,250 students from Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in more than 70 major fields of study. As one of the largest of the 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System, the College follows an “open door” admissions policy and offers comprehensive academic and support services to help all who enroll meet their educational goals and achieve academic success.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the College has campuses in Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Seneca. Students enjoy a vibrant campus life experience that includes student events, learning communities, and multicultural activities, as well as honor societies for those with outstanding academic records, student government association activities, and a variety of clubs and organizations, many of which are tied to academic majors. The nearby lakes and mountains offer opportunities for hiking, sight-seeing, and water-sport activities. A welcoming, smalltown atmosphere exists in the three-county service area.

 

Hours of Operation


Standard hours of operation for the College are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Some offices keep extended hours in the evenings. Interested persons may contact the individual offices for specific hours of operation.

Role and Scope


An open-admission institution of higher education, the College offers affordable, accessible, collaborative, and learner-centered instruction. Offerings include university transfer associate degree programs and applied technical associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 70 majors associated with business, health, public service, and industrial and engineering technologies. The College also offers developmental courses for students who need to improve their basic academic skills.

The College promotes economic development in the region through customized education and training for local businesses and industries through credit and continuing education offerings and a variety of workforce training programs.

The College has campuses located in Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Seneca, as well as learning centers in Honea Path and Sandy Springs. The College also offers online and hybrid classes and a variety of academic and support services.

 
   

College Mission


Tri-County Technical College, a public community college, focuses on teaching, learning, and helping students reach their goals. The College supports economic development for Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina by preparing a highly skilled workforce.

   

College Vision


Passionate people transforming lives and building strong communities one student at a time.

   

College Values


INTEGRITY: To be our ideal selves, doing right, and upholding and demonstrating high ethical standards at all times.

RESPECT: An understanding that everyone is important and is valued. To be open to accepting and balancing the different views of yourself and others. To preserve dignity in ourselves and others and to interact in a manner that promotes trust, openness, and understanding.

COMMUNITY MINDED: To be good citizens within the College community, upholding policies and procedures and taking responsibility for making the working and learning environment better for all. To go above and beyond the boundaries of our position descriptions, departments, or divisions and work for the overall good of the College.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE: The desire or drive to make improvements each and every day in ourselves and our environment.

   

Anderson Campus


The Anderson Campus provides the programs and services of Tri-County Technical College to the residents of the Greater Anderson area. Since 2007, the campus has served as Anderson’s community college delivering innovative educational resources and lifelong learning opportunities for local residents.

Conveniently located on Michelin Boulevard, the campus provides a wide variety of student services and programs to meet the needs of a diverse population - all easily accessible through public bus service (free to enrolled students) and plenty of commuter parking.

Anderson Campus Program Offerings

Program offerings at the campus will support business and industry in the region and include:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • University Studies
  • Computer Technology with emphases in Cybersecurity and Forensics, and Software and Web Development
  • Industrial Electronics Technology, 1st two semesters
  • Mechatronics, 1st two semesters
  • Technical Operators I & II
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Dual Enrollment / Technical Career Pathways Program for Anderson County School Districts
  • Additional courses are offered through Corporate and Community Education in Commercial Truck Driving, Medical Billing and Coding, Heavy Equipment Operations, Powerline Worker, and more.

Anderson Campus Services

A variety of services are offered at the Anderson Campus for the convenience of students who attend at this location.

Computer Labs: Each campus has an open lab in AC 130 that contains computers and printing capabilities. The Anderson Campus open lab has an assistant from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday.

Placement Testing: Testing services are offered on Fridays, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. in AC 221. Students must arrive no later than Noon to ensure ample time to complete the assessment.

Tutoring Services: Services are available at the Anderson Campus. Hours vary by semester and are available on the website, or by calling 864-646-1367 or e-mailing tutoringcenter@tctc.edu.

 

Campus Information


511 Michelin Boulevard

Anderson, SC 29625

864-260-6700

CAMPUS POLICE: 864-260-6718

www.tctc.edu/anderson

Anderson Campus Map 

 

Easley Campus


The Easley Campus of Tri-County Technical College exists to provide higher education programs and services to the residents of Pickens County and surrounding areas. The Easley campus is seeks to be an innovative and collaborative community partner in lifelong learning and economic development for the Pickens County area.

The Easley Campus officially opened for credit programs in January 2011. The campus provides more than 42,000 square feet of classrooms, science labs, conference rooms, computer labs, industrial labs, a student lounge, library and a wide variety of student and academic services - all in a convenient location.

Easley Campus Program Offerings

Program offerings at the campus will support business and industry in the region and include:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • University Studies
  • Computer Technology with emphases in Cybersecurity and Forensics, and Software and Web Development
  • Emergency Medical Technology, EMT Advanced
  • Paramedic
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Dual Enrollment / Technical Career Pathways Program for Anderson County School Districts
  • Additional courses are offered through Corporate and Community Education in Nurse Aide w/Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and more.

Easley Campus Services

A variety of services are offered at the Easley Campus for the convenience of students who attend at this location.

Computer Labs: Each campus has an open lab that contains computers and printing capabilities. The Easley Campus open lab in EC 122 has an assistant from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday.

Placement Testing: Testing services are offered on Tuesdays, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. in EC 206. Students must arrive no later than 3 p.m. to ensure ample time to complete the assessment.

Tutoring Services: Services are available at the Easley Campus. Hours vary by semester and are available on the website, or by calling 864-646-1367 or e-mailing tutoringcenter@tctc.edu.

 

Campus Information


1774 Powdersville Road

Easley, SC 29642

864-220-8888

CAMPUS POLICE: 864-220-8989

www.tctc.edu/easley

Easley Campus Map 

 

Oconee Campus


Tri-County’s newest campus opened Fall Semester, 2018. It is located at the Oconee Industry and Technology Park on Highway 11 in Westminster, the new campus is central to Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster, providing easy access for the residents, businesses, and industries of Oconee County.

Oconee Campus Programs

Program offerings at the campus will support manufacturing in the region and include:

  • Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations Management
  • CNC Programming and Operations, 1st three semesters
  • Computer Technology with emphasis in Cybersecurity and Forensics, and Software and Web Development
  • Industrial Electronics Technology, 1st two semesters
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing and CNC Fundamentals
  • Manufacturing Management and Leadership
  • Manual Machining
  • Mechatronics, 1st two semesters
  • Technical Operators I and II
  • University Studies Certificate
  • Dual Credit / Pathways Program for Oconee County School District
  • University Transfer/University Studies Certificate
  • Additional courses are offered through our Corporate and Community Education Division in OSHA, LEAN, MS Office, SC Manufacturing Certification, and more.

The Oconee Campus will be co-located with industry and a new Career Center servicing the Oconee County School District (projected to open in 2020). The result will be a unique center for technical education, work-based learning, and economic development.

Oconee Campus Services

A variety of services are offered at the Oconee Campus for the convenience of students who attend at this location.

Computer Labs: Each campus has an open lab that contains computers and printing capabilities. The Oconee Campus open lab is in the Senator Thomas C. Alexander Learning Commons and is are available anytime the campus is open for classes.

Placement Testing: Testing services are offered on the Oconee Campus on the 2nd/4th Thursdays by appointment. Students should call 864-613-1900 to schedule.

Tutoring Services: Services are available at the Oconee Campus. Hours vary by semester and are available on the website, or by calling 864-646-1367 or e-mailing tutoringcenter@tctc.edu.

 

Campus Information


552 Education Way

Westminster, SC 29693

864-613-1900

CAMPUS POLICE: 864-613-1901

www.tctc.edu/oconee

Oconee Campus Map 

 

Pendleton Campus


Established in 1962, the Pendleton Campus of Tri-County Technical College is located on 91 acres in historic Pendleton, South Carolina. The Pendleton Campus serves as the main campus and consists of fourteen buildings to house classrooms, laboratories, the library, student center, administrative offices, open computer labs, the bookstore, and more. The Pendleton Campus is also home to our Bridge to Clemson Program.

Pendleton Campus Program Offerings

  • Accounting*; Accounting with Office Specialist emphasis
  • Administrative Office Technology*; AOT with Medical emphasis
  • Associate in Arts*
  • Associate in Science*
  • Automotive*
  • Business Administration*; with emphases in Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and Operations Management
  • Computer Technology with emphases in Cybersecurity and Forensics, Network Systems Management, and Software and Web Development
  • Criminal Justice*, CRJ with emphases in Law Enforcement Operations and Paralegal Studies
  • Early Care and Education*
  • Engineering Design*
  • Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
  • HVAC
  • Industrial Electronics Technology
  • Manufacturing Management and Leadership*, MML with Production and Operations emphasis
  • Mechatronics*
  • Media Arts Production*
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing*
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology

*Related certificates also offered at the Pendleton Campus

  • Dual Enrollment / Technical Career Pathways
  • I-BEST Programs
  • Additional courses are offered through Corporate and Community Education in ABC Childcare, Analytic Troubleshooting, Certified Logistics, Consultative Selling, Digital Photography, Electrical Wiring, Electrocardiograph Technician, Fiber Optics, IV Therapy, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Motor Controls, Nurse Aide, Operator Optimization, OSHA, Patient Care, Personal Trainer, PLCs, QuickBooks, Real Estate, SCDOT Certifications and more.

Pendleton Campus Services

Computer Labs: We offer two open labs with computers and printing capabilities on the Pendleton Campus. Pickens 140 is open daily 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday. Fulp 301 is open daily 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Placement Testing: Testing services are offered in Ruby Hicks Hall Room 170 on Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Students must arrive no later than 3 p.m. to ensure ample time to complete the assessment. Testing is also available on Fridays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., with students needing to arrive no later than Noon.

Tutoring Services: Services are available in the Student Success Center, Third Floor, Learning Commons, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information call 864-646-1367 or e-mail tutoringcenter@tctc.edu.

 

Campus Information


7900 Highway 76

Pendleton, SC 29670

864-646-TCTC (8282)

CAMPUS POLICE: 864-646-1800

Pendleton Campus Map 

 

Learning Centers


Industrial Technology Center (ITC)

The Industrial Technology Center (ITC) in Sandy Springs is a modern facility designed to help meet the growing needs of local industry. The 43,000-square-foot Center houses the CNC Programming and Operations and Welding programs and related certificates. The ITC was specifically designed to mimic a real-world industrial setting.

Senator Billy O’Dell Learning Center

The Sen. Billy O’Dell Learning Center, a satellite learning facility for Tri-County Technical College, was dedicated in Honea Path in 2009 and houses noncredit and credit courses for residents of the Honea Path area.

Campus Visits


Tri-County Technical College has four campuses: the Pendleton Campus, located at 7900 Highway 76 in Pendleton, SC; the Anderson Campus, located at 511 Michelin Boulevard in Anderson, SC; the Easley Campus, located at 1774 Powdersville Road in Easley, SC; and the Oconee Campus at 552 Education Way, Westminster, SC 29693.

Taking a campus tour is the best way for students to know truly what TCTC has to offer. Walking tours of the Pendleton campus are led by Student Leaders and Admissions Recruiters and are held during the week with four different start times: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The walking tour lasts approximately 45 minutes with an information session to follow.

Large groups (15+ students), tours of the Anderson, Easley, or Oconee Campuses, Industrial and Technology Center, or Halbert Hall (where the Veterinary Technology program is housed), should schedule through the Office of Recruitment, Admissions, and Orientation by calling 864-646-1550 or register on our web site at www.tctc.edu/tour.

 
 

Campus Information


Industrial Technology Center

5321 Highway 76

Pendleton, SC 29670

CAMPUS POLICE: 864-646-1799

Industrial Technology Center Map 

 

Senator Billy O’Dell Learning Center

Watkins Community Center

204 South Main Street

Honea Path, SC 29654

Senator Billy O’Dell Learning Center Map 

 

Academic Calendar


The academic calendar contains key dates and information including class begin and end dates, holidays, registration dates, payment deadlines, drop or add dates, exams and commencement for each term. Students, faculty, and staff may access the College’s academic calendar at www.tctc.edu/calendar.