Francis Marion University
Francis Marion University (FMU) is the Pee Dee region’s 4-year university, offering a vast array of 4-year degrees including engineering and business programs to over 4,000 students each year. The FMU Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Additionally, FMU’s School of Business is accredited from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting body for business education. Only five percent of business schools worldwide hold this accreditation.
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) provides a regional student-centered experience through technical education, workforce development training, and economic development activities. Located on the campus of Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC), Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) exists to support industry, education and economic development. The SiMT is a 189,000 SF advanced manufacturing center that provides area and future industries with access to emerging technologies, while advancing the region’s ability to provide a highly skilled workforce. The facility boasts a 800-seat auditorium, a configurable conference center that accommodates up to 1200, and various meeting spaces and classrooms. The SiMT’s Additive Manufacturing Center (aka 3D printing) features metal and multiple plastic and thermoplastic printing capabilities. The Social Media Listening Center provides consulting and social media monitoring services to large and small businesses. FDTC’s Corporate and Workforce Division offers open-enrollment, onsite, and customized training. The Gould Business Incubator at the SiMT provides new small businesses with access to the SiMT and additional resources, in a clean, modern and reasonably priced facility.
The Continuum is a $25 million, 46,000-square-foot regional education and workforce center and the vision of Lake City philanthropist and entrepreneur Darla Moore. The center is located in Lake City’s revitalized downtown and is part of an educational initiative partnership between the Darla Moore Foundation, Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College. It provides opportunities for students through training and certifications in workforce development skills, courses that lead to 2- and 4-year degrees, dual credit courses for high school students, and programs for K-12 students in science and innovation.
Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is located in Conway and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Like neighboring FMU, CCU’s College of Business is accredited by AACSB and College of Science is accredited by ABET. The CCU baseball program made headlines after bringing home the 2016 NCAA National Championship title. With over 10,000 students enrolled each year, academic and athletic excellence abounds at CCU
Coker University is a four-year liberal arts institution located in Hartsville. Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as No. 2 in South Carolina for value.
As an integral part of the SC Technical College System, readySCTM works together with the 16 technical colleges to prepare South Carolina's workforce to meet the needs of your company. Established in 1961, readySC™ is one of the oldest and most experienced workforce training programs in the United States. We are ready to bring this experience and expertise to work for your company.
ReadySC is not a grant program but instead is committed to providing a full range of services to qualifying companies with the end goal of supplying your initial workforce.
- Recruitment Solutions: Develop customized recruitment solutions such as microsites, advertising, social media campaigns, job fairs, among others.
- Training Solutions: Develop customized training solutions including curriculum development & design, employee orientations, transfer of knowledge strategies and continued workforce development.
- Locating Instructors: Work to determine best staffing strategies for all training and cover instruction expenses.
- Training Site: Coordinate with local partners to find suitable training space then up-fit with state-of-the art equipment and labs to best reflect the ultimate workplace.
- Project Approach: Use a project management approach by providing a full-time project manager, developing a comprehensive project scope and conducting periodic project reviews.
Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, works to ensure all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs. The program offers consultants at no cost to employers. These consultants guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process, from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System. South Carolina employers who have registered apprentices are awarded an annual $1,000 state tax credit, over the life of the apprenticeship, and there is no limit to the number of apprentices that an organization may have. In addition, the South Carolina Technical College System has been awarded grants in the past that can support employers in training their apprentices.