In 1961, a local committee began studying the feasibility of establishing an "industrial training center" to serve Sumter County. When Clarendon, Kershaw, and Lee Counties expressed interest in participating, the service area was broadened to include these counties. The committee's work culminated in 1962 with the passage of the enabling legislation, which created Sumter Area Technical Education Center.
In 1971, the institution changed its name to Sumter Area Technical College and in 1974 received initial accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a two-year college offering technical and vocational programs. In 1989 the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education authorized Sumter Area Technical College to begin offering the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degree programs designed specifically for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. With the addition of the transfer programs, Sumter Area Technical College achieved the status of a comprehensive community college. In the fall of 1992, the College changed its name to Central Carolina Technical College to better reflect its service area. In 1998, the College assumed operation of the F. E. DuBose Career Center located in Clarendon County. In 2001, the College established the Kershaw County Campus in Camden, and in 2006, Central Carolina began offering classes at their Lee County site in Bishopville. With this latest addition, Central Carolina has a permanent site in each county of its service area.
More than 15,000 students each year are enrolled in a variety of associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs and non-credit continuing education activities.
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