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Greenville Technical College restructures academics

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Greenville Technical College has restructured its academic divisions into six schools that align with pathways offered by Greenville County Schools as they group academic choices into clusters that easy for the public to access. Additionally, the six schools correlate with the target industries of the county via the Greenville Area Development Corporation, according to a news release.

The new schools are the School of Aviation, Construction and Transportation Technologies; the School of Business and Computer Technology; the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology; the School of Health Sciences; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Arts and Sciences, the news release said.

The School of Aviation, Construction and Transportation Technologies offers programs in aircraft maintenance technology, auto body repair, automotive technology, diesel equipment technology, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, building construction technology, and others, the release said.

The School of Business & Computer Technology includes programs in Accounting, Administrative Office Technology, Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Computer Technology, Data Analytics and other related majors.

The School of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology prepares graduates to take advantage of opportunities in these sectors through programs in mechanical engineering technology, mechatronics, and a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology.

The School of Health Sciences includes nursing and allied health specialties such as animal studies, health information management, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and respiratory care.

The School of Education and Professional Studies offers programs in criminal justice, early childcare, human services, paralegal, cosmetology, culinary arts, sustainable agriculture, and teacher education.

The School of Arts and Sciences prepares graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, with an honors program option for highly motivated students. Students will continue to benefit from the first-year experience programming and student support services for academic advancement and have Quick Jobs training options through the college’s Economic Development and Corporate Training unit.

“This change from divisions to schools is significant in helping students find what they are interested in so that they can move forward with their futures,” Jermaine Whirl, vice president for learning and workforce development, said in the news release. “By aligning with the pathways students are accustomed to in Greenville County Schools, we provide a more seamless path from where they are to the career they plan to enter. The additional efforts to link the schools with GADC strengthens our community’s competitive advantage in economic development recruitment by illustrating that our K-12 and higher education systems are aligned, and we have a well-coordinated workforce development plan in creating a pipeline of talent for years to come.”

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