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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“I’m showing my daughter there’s nothing stopping her from doing anything in this world.”

Yanika Gaymon

York Technical College

My name is Yanika Gaymon. I learned about the Reconnect with York Tech program during COVID. Basically, if you started a program at York Tech, they’ll give you 12 months to re-enroll and complete it, and they pretty much pay for everything: classes, books, all of it. I said, “Let me give this a shot.” It has been beyond awesome. With the financial costs of school covered, that’s one less thing I had to worry and stress about. The fact that they cared enough to create a program for people who started a program but had to stop because of life says a lot. I still tell people about York Tech and just how awesome they have been on this journey for me.

“Midlands Tech is where I found my home. People don’t realize how awesome this environment is and how well it prepares you to get a job in your field.”

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis

Midlands Technical College

My name is Lasenta Lewis-Ellis. I am the President/CEO of LLE Construction Group in Columbia, South Carolina.

My goal coming out of high school was to go to MIT and study engineering, but because of my family’s financial situation, that wasn’t possible. I started at Midlands Tech in the fall of 1991 in the architectural engineering technology program. Prior to coming to Midlands Tech, my mom had lost her house in a foreclosure. I was an engineering major at the time, and transferred to Midlands to learn how to design and build my momma a house. I soon discovered that I actually loved it. I thought I would ultimately go into industrial engineering, but it turned out I am a really good designer.

Midlands Tech is where I found my home. After having attended a technical college, I am an advocate for them. People don’t realize how awesome this environment is and how well it prepares you to get a job in your field.

“SCC is so diverse With all that life experience, you get a really well-rounded perspective on the world. That helps you recognize different opportunities and possibilities.”

Jay Cash

Spartanburg Community College

My name is Jay Cash. When I was in high school, I was very adamant about going to the University of Florida. I went to campus with a friend of mine and I stayed for about a week. There were so many people, huge classrooms — it felt very impersonal. Nobody knew you. I also did not have the funds to go, so I just stagnated. I was bored and I knew I could do more. I knew I could have a deeper influence on my community. I wanted to make an impact. When I went to SCC, it was like high school for adults. I had evening classes, but they knew me by name and they could help me with anything. Today, I have teachers who support me in my endeavors and are there for me every step of the way, and I have mentors who reinforce that drive. Today, I wake up looking forward to the possibilities.

“You never know where life will take you when you’re open to different people, open to learning, open to knowledge.”

Renaisha Collins

Spartanburg Community College

I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and always did well academically. I excelled through middle school, and I was in French Honor Society and Beta Club in high school. I took ROTC and even thought that I might want to pursue a military background when I graduated. When I got out of high school, I wanted to go to college, but I wasn’t able to because of both parents not doing what they needed. Instead of going to college, I took a job with a manufacturing company. At 26, I finally applied for SCC. I sat down with the Department Chair, Ms. Marcia Schenck, of Computer Technology, and she took me under her wing. There was no question she couldn’t answer. If she didn’t know the answer, she got it for me. SCC has been an amazing journey. I graduate in May of 2021. 

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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