Horry-Georgetown Technical College

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Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Established 1966
Type Two Year College
President H. Neyle Wilson
Students 6969[1]
Location Conway, South Carolina, United States
Website www.hgtc.edu/

Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a two-year higher-education institution located in Conway, South Carolina. It is a part of the South Carolina Technical College System.

HGTC is the fourth largest technical college in the state, and offers over 90 degree and certificate programs in Golf & Sports Turf Technology, Arts & Science, Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology, Health Science, Information/Computer Technology and Public Service Technology.[2]

HGTC currently has three campuses. In addition to the main campus on U.S. 501 next to Coastal Carolina University in Conway (33°47′47″N 79°00′12″W / 33.7964°N 79.0033°W / 33.7964; -79.0033 (Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway Campus)Coordinates: 33°47′47″N 79°00′12″W / 33.7964°N 79.0033°W / 33.7964; -79.0033 (Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway Campus)), the school has campuses in Myrtle Beach (33°39′33″N 78°56′30″W / 33.6591°N 78.9416°W / 33.6591; -78.9416 (Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Grand Strand Campus)) and Georgetown (33°19′14″N 79°19′17″W / 33.3205°N 79.3213°W / 33.3205; -79.3213 (Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Georgetown Campus)). Students can also take classes online. The Conway campus has 13 buildings on 50 acres (20.2 ha).[3]

The Grand Strand Campus Conference and Business Center near The Market Common has meeting space that includes the Thomas C. Maeser Auditorium, a 3,650-square-foot (339 m2) ballroom.[4]


History[edit]

In 1961, the Technical Education System in South Carolina began. In 1963, the South Carolina General Assembly created the Horry-Georgetown Commission for Technical Education. Horry-Marion-Georgetown Technical Education Center began with 123 students in 1966. In 1975, the name changed to Horry-Georgetown Technical College as a result of growth and changed emphasis.[5] Horry-Georgetown Technical College now serves Horry and Georgetown Counties, while Marion County is served by Florence-Darlington Technical College.[6]

Over 17,000 have graduated in more than 40 years, and 90 percent stayed in the area.[7]

In 2000, as buildings were torn down at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, HGTC claimed the Officers Club and Non-Commissioned Officers Club.[8]

The former base hospital became the Dr. Robert E. Speir Jr. Health Education Center on the Myrtle Beach campus,[9] which held its grand opening July 11, 2008.[10] In 2009, HGTC announced the center would get a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) addition for dental programs.[11] The $7.4 million facility was substantially complete when Myrtle Beach City Council toured it May 8, 2012.[12]

On June 15, 2012, the dedication of the Fred Fore Wildlife Pavilion was held at the Georgetown campus. Fore served as president of Florence-Darlington Technical College for 29 years, and his wife Marilyn Fore, an HGTC vice president, worked to develop the pavilion as a forestry classroom.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horry-Georgetown Technical College". Community College Review. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Horry-Georgetown Technical College". braintrack.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Horry-Georgetown Technical College: Conway Campus". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Horry-Georgetown Technical College: Conference and Business Center". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  5. ^ "College Catalog & Student Handbook". 2005–2006. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ "SC Technical College System". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Horry-Georgetown Technical College: President and Commission". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ Zane Wilson, "Demolition Begins on Former Base," The Sun News, August 25, 2000.
  9. ^ "Editorial: Progress at HGTC: College stretches to meet the area's medical needs," The Sun News, July 11, 2007.
  10. ^ "The Website for the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  11. ^ Huff, Christopher (2009-07-31). "HGTC’s healthcare programs continue to grow". Alternatives News Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-24. [dead link]
  12. ^ Anderson, Lorena (2012-05-08). "Myrtle Beach City Council gets look at new Speir building; OK’s Street Reach event". The Sun News. 
  13. ^ Jones, Steve (2012-06-15). "HGTC pavilion dedicated to technical college pioneer". The Sun News. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 

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