I Defy is redefining how the world thinks about technical education by celebrating the power of South Carolina technical colleges and spotlighting the spirit of students defying tradition, norms and expectation through a technical education.

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“The cost was affordable, the classes are smaller, and the professors actually know your name. Technical college changed my life.”

DeJarvis Eaddy

Technical College of the Lowcountry

I come from a military family, so I moved around a lot. I went to three different high schools. I started at Quantico which is where I started my football career then I moved off base to Brook Point in Stafford, Virginia where I attended my sophomore year. I finished my high school career at Northside, Jacksonville. This is the story of how I overcame the mindset holding me back by finding a new place where I could pursue a brighter future.

“I’ve silenced the naysayers. Their doubt definitely fueled my determination.”

Lauren Morris

Northeastern Technical College

I was a sophomore attending Spring Valley in Columbia when I met my husband and decided to drop out of high school. I became a mom shortly after, and went into early education with a focus on autism therapy. While I loved that job, ever since I was little, I had wanted to be a veterinarian. Having dropped out of high school without a degree, however, I just didn’t think that was in the cards for me.  This is the story of finding my clear path from an uncertain future. 

“The world is never going to know the light that you have within yourself unless you move beyond your comfort zone.”

Jodi Snyder

Spartanburg Community College

I’m from Minneapolis, but when I came to South Carolina, I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to create a life here. I was a single mother. I had my daughter when I was 20. When I realized I was going to have to start over in South Carolina — and that my previous education credits didn’t transfer — I knew I just couldn’t do it at the time. I had a young child and was pregnant with another. It was just too much, so I didn’t go. This is my story of finding my way back. 

Technical education is powerful.

There are a lot of misperceptions about technical education, so allow us to fill you in. (Spoiler alert: We’re a major player in education, and a driving force for local communities, employers and economies throughout South Carolina.)


South Carolina’s Largest Higher Education Sector

Each year the System educates and trains over 160,000 South Carolinians through our credit programs (103,281) and continuing education programs (57,786).

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Geographicallly accessible across the state

Our colleges are strategically located across the state with nearly every South Carolinian within a 30-minute drive of one of our 16 main campuses or 64 satellite campuses.



Our colleges offer a variety of programs in South Carolina’s high-demand, high-paying fields, including 78 degrees, 28 diplomas and nearly 1,000 certificate programs.

Top 10 Programs

1. Nursing

Median Salary: $63,897

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 19%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 3,130

2. Data Processing

Median Salary: $78,270

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 14%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

3. Business Administration

Median Salary: $89,280

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 13%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 320

4. Criminal Justice

Median Salary: $40,770

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 7%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 880

5. Culinary Arts

Median Salary: $38,460

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 21%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 600

6. Accounting

Median Salary: $58,640

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 13%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 1,780

7. Public Administration / Social Services

Median Salary: $58,800

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 18%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 130

8. Mechatronics

Average Salary: $68,140

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 12%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

9. Information Technology

Median Salary: $76,370

Projected 10-Year Job Growth: 14%

Projected Annual Job Openings: 500

10. Transfer Programs

Our colleges offer students many paths for transfer through individual agreements with partnering institutions.

South Carolina Technical Colleges

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