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 had so many options available to me at Midlands Tech. I didn’t realize that when I was trying to go to the bigger colleges. Tech really helped me get started.”

Ariana Coleman

Midlands Technical College

My family moved from California to South Carolina  in 1999. When I graduated from Edisto High School in Orangeburg, I got accepted to Spelman College. That plan didn’t pan out, so I decided to go to Claflin University in Orangeburg for a year. My mom ended up moving to Columbia, and I moved with her. I applied to USC, but for whatever reason I didn’t get in and I didn’t know what to do from there. This is my story of forging onward to find out what was next for me. 

“Anyone can stand up and teach from a book, but to have professors with real experience in the field to learn from made OCtech so much better.”

Dylan Lee

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

I’ve always wanted to become a cop. My dad’s been a cop for almost 30 years now. I initially planned to go to a four-year college and study criminal justice, but I ultimately wanted to move quickly and get into the field so I could start working.

This is my story of following that dream.

“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.

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

What Will You Defy?

Join the 160,000 people each year who defy norms, traditions, and expectations through a South Carolina technical education.
Learn how we can help make your dreams a reality.