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TTC 50th Anniversary

50th LogoTrident Technical College has changed a lot over the past 50 years. New buildings, new campuses, new programs of study, new technologies. But our core mission remains the same - promoting economic and personal development through affordable high-quality educational and training programs.

During this anniversary year, we reflect with gratitude on the support we have received from our students, employees, business and industry partners, school districts, fellow colleges, governmental bodies, and the citizens of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. You have helped make Trident Tech the community's college and the portal through which so many have passed on their way to successful careers and lives.

Your Story is Our Story

The story of Trident Technical College is more than facts and figures - it's the story of how the college has impacted people's lives. That's why we need your help in telling the full story of Trident Tech. We want to hear from alumni, students, parents, employees, friends, and our partners in business and industry. It doesn't matter if you graduated, took one class, worked here or were impacted by the college in some other way. If we've touched your life, we want to hear from you!

We'll highlight and share these personal histories here and on social media. It's easy to share your story, photos or video ... your story starts here. Take a minute to tell your story and read stories others have shared with us.


1961 Gov. Ernest F. Hollings leads the S.C. General Assembly to pass a bill establishing the South Carolina Advisory Committee for Technical Training. The bill provides for the establishment of regional training centers throughout the state.

1964 1964A dedication ceremony for the $1.7 million Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Technical Education Center is held on May 13, 1964. The center opens with two buildings and 226 students. The center, located on 25 acres in the North Area, emphasizes engineering and industrial technologies. John H. Clark serves as the center's director.

1965 1965Howard J. Hoffberg is named director of B-C-D Tech.

1972 1972Richard L. Waldroup Jr. is named director of B-C-D Tech.

1973 1973B-C-D Tech merges with Palmer College, a private business college in downtown Charleston, to become Trident Technical College on July 1, 1973. Richard L. Waldroup is TTC's first president.

1974 Fall academic enrollment is 4,085.

1975 The Trident Technical College Foundation is chartered. The foundation exists to advocate and raise funds for the college to support the region's economy.

1978 1978Charles F. Ward is named president.

1981 TTC forms an Alumni Association.

1982 Berkeley Campus opens on a 35-acre site near Moncks Corner.

1983 1983William A. Orth is named president.

1984 Fall academic enrollment is 4,684.

1985 1985Charles W. Branch is named president.

1986 1986Palmer Campus moves from its Bull Street location (now the Avery Research Center) to the former C.A. Brown High School on Columbus Street in downtown Charleston.

1987 1987TTC launches QUEST, an academic competition for area middle and high school students, to recognize outstanding schools and promote academic excellence.

1989 1989Hurricane Hugo comes ashore on Sept. 21. The college remains closed until Oct. 9 while repairs are made and the campuses are cleaned up.

1991 1991Mary Thornley is named president. Dr. Thornley began working at the college in 1973 as a part-time instructor. She later held positions including instructor of speech and English, department head of English and Foreign Languages, dean of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for Academic Affairs. She was named interim president in 1990.

1993 TTC experiences double digit enrollment increases and purchases 117 acres of land next to Main Campus for future growth.

1994 Fall academic enrollment is 9,626. TTC purchases 30 acres of land including an office building and a 229,302-square-foot warehouse adjacent to Main Campus. The buildings will be renovated in phases over several years to become the Complex for Economic Development.

1997 1997The college opens the first phase of the Complex for Economic Development, including the Continuing Education Center (Bldg. 910) and a portion of Bldg. 920.

2002 Passage of the S.C. Education Lottery Act authorized the use of lottery proceeds to provide tuition assistance to S.C. residents attending public two-year colleges. S.C. lottery funding currently provides up to $1,140 in tuition assistance each semester.

2003 2003The TTC Foundation hosts its first wine dinner auction fundraiser. The event, now known as A Night in the Valley, is currently held in the College Center on Main Campus and is the foundation's largest fundraising effort.

2004 Fall academic enrollment is 11,795.

2005 2005The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College is established. The Institute encompasses culinary and hospitality programs already available as well as new credit and continuing education offerings.

2006 The Trident Technical College Enterprise Campus Authority is established to promote economic development through the location and development of high-technology businesses and industries. The ECA's current focus is on growing the aviation technology cluster in the region and state.
The final phase of the Complex for Economic Development is completed.

2008 The St. Paul's Parish Site opens in southern Charleston County.

2009 The readySC Boeing Training Center opens on Main Campus in North Charleston.

2010 The Dorchester County QuickJobs Training Center opens in St. George.

The Berkeley Middle College is established on Berkeley Campus providing high school students with the opportunity to complete their high school curriculum while also earning college credit.

2011 The Mount Pleasant Campus and the Summerville Site at Trolley Road open.

2014 2014A new $30 million Nursing and Science Building opened for classes in January 2014 on Main Campus in North Charleston.

Starting Fall Semester, the college will move to a new compressed schedule format featuring two 7-week terms within each semester.