Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, nontraditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. As a member of the South Carolina Technical College System, Denmark Technical College’s mission is related to the educational mission of the State of South Carolina and the Technical College System. The College’s primary service area is comprised of Bamberg, Barnwell, and Allendale Counties with a legislated mandate to serve students throughout the state. As an open-door institution, the College provides affordable, post-secondary education culminating in associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, to citizens from diverse educational and socioeconomic backgrounds and reaches out to its service area high schools with opportunities for the students. The college provides training needed by business and industry through collaborative partnerships and resource allocation.
Denmark Technical College: 1) Provides Student Learning Outcome based educational opportunities for its students with embedded continuous improvement plan that will afford the necessary skills and knowledge for the emerging job market. 2) Develops and implements processes for seamless transition of students from high school through Denmark Technical College to four year institutions. 3) Provides the graduates with the intellectual and practical skills to include but not limited to inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communications, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork and problem solving. 4) Provides the graduates with the personal and social responsibility skills to include but not limited to civic knowledge and engagement—local and global, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action, foundations and skills for lifelong learning. 5) Engages in efforts to form extensive partnerships/consortia leading to branding the college as a leader in training for the business and industry that will enhance the economic development and growth of the service area and the state. 6) Provides a competency based program for the students to attain and maintain certifications for the job market.
Denmark Technical College pursues its mission within a student centered environment based on the fundamental values of a commitment to excellence; fostering a positive learning process, well balanced social and cultural experiences; in an atmosphere of mutual respect, an understanding of and the ability to function in a technologically advance world; and with a realization of the need for a strong work ethic. The college seeks to fulfill its mission by offering programs in engineering technology, welding, building construction, transfer programs, allied health, early care and education, human services, criminal justice, general business, computer and related technologies. The instructional methods include traditional lectures and lab and distance education for both on-campus and off-campus instructions. The College strives to achieve its mission with a set of clearly defined academic programs, partnership initiatives, and sustainability endeavors such as:
Senior College/University Transfer Program: Courses directly equivalent to the first two years of traditional college study as offered at senior colleges and major universities which may be transferred to senior colleges.
Technical Education: Curriculums designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for employment in industry, business, and government.
General Education: Courses to provide the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by each individual to be effective as a worker, a consumer, and a participant in a democratic society.
Continuing Education: Credit and noncredit classes offered with flexibility in time, place, and modality to assist the adults in the region to continue their learning experiences.
Transitional Studies: A program to prepare individuals for admission to the technical and transfer curriculums at the College by helping individuals develop the basic skills necessary to succeed.
Specialized Training Programs: Training coordinated with South Carolina industries through the ReadySC program and provided where specific job opportunities are available for new or expanding industries.
Region and Community Services: Specialized services to help meet the cultural and educational needs of the region including cultural events, workshops, meetings, lectures, conferences, seminars, and other special community projects.
Student Development Programs and Services: Programs and services to enrolled and prospective students and alumni to increase their success and enhance their potential for personal, educational and professional growth. The college increases student access to higher education through recruitment, developmental education, financial services, counseling and career services, and evaluation and support services.
Sustainability Services: A Continuous Improvement Plan to include technology integration, internal control measures for financial health and green technology measures for conservation.