Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) was founded in 1963 as a means of bringing industry to the state of South Carolina. Its first class had only 250 students, and the campus was originally smaller than 10 acres. Since then, the college has grown to serve over 5,000 students in three counties, with over 240 acres of academic buildings and service facilities. FDTC continues to grow and expand, and it is currently developing a large industrial complex with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to meet the burgeoning needs of surrounding industries.
Today, FDTC operates from its original site in Florence, SC, as well as sites in Hartsville, Lake City, and Mullins. In addition, there is a dedicated health sciences building in downtown Florence that is exclusively for the use of students entering health services careers. Students can pursue academic degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of fields through FDTC’s centers.