Most community and technical colleges are regionally located to be accessible to almost everyone desiring to attend college. Because they are positioned to serve the local community, most do not offer dormitories and campus meal options. South Carolina’s sixteen technical colleges are located in strategic areas and offer programs to serve the needs of the local community. These institutions, and most community colleges across the nation, have an “open-door” admissions policy (as opposed to a “selective” admissions process used by most senior colleges). Open Door Admissions means that anyone who completes the admissions process will be admitted. Once admitted, students discover that the institution offers challenging curriculum programs that provide excellent preparation for rewarding careers or transfer to four-year colleges. The technical colleges in South Carolina, including Tri-County Technical College, are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), just like other public two and four-year colleges in the State. South Carolina technical colleges take great pride in the fact that they meet or exceed all the quality standards needed for SACS accreditation. The “bottom line” is that while just about anyone can get into a two-year institution, only those who can perform satisfactorily in their chosen curriculum and achieve the necessary grade point average can actually graduate.