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“In these economically tight times, growing numbers of young people are taking a second look at two-year institutions. They like what they see!”  --Joannie M. Schrof, U.S. News & World Report

More and more students today are choosing to attend community or technical colleges over senior colleges and universities. In fact, over five million people attend community/technical colleges in the United States! That’s more than 44% of all college students and more than 50% of all first year college students. (U.S. News and World Report, and Career World Magazine)

Does this trend hold true for our area? You bet! In 1998 and 1999, 53% of all students from Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties who were enrolled in public institutions of higher education in South Carolina attended a technical college. And in 1999, 72% of the first time freshmen from these counties who attended colleges in South Carolina chose a technical college; 48% of those chose their local institution, Tri-County Technical College! (data provided by The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, May, 2000)

What do these students find so appealing about attending one of the nation’s 1200 two-year colleges? Click on any of the categories below to read more.

Lower Tuition
Smaller Classes
Quality Faculty
Developmental Programs
Opportunities for Getting a Head Start in College While Still in High School
Transfer Opportunities
Accessibility
Job Opportunities in High Demand Career Fields
Famous People Who Attended Community Colleges
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