Northeastern Technical College

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Our History

From Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical Education Center to Northeastern Technical College, look how much we've grown!

The college graduated its first class in 1970 with 32 students graduating from five programs: technical secretary, automotive mechanics, air conditioning, refrigeration and heating; welding; and machine shop. Today, NETC enrolls more than a 1,000 students and offers 21 associate degrees, 23 certificates and four diplomas in various topics from nursing to electronics technology to criminal justice. NETC boasted a record enrollment of 1,222 students for fall semester 2011.
Our history begins here:

1967
A group of interested citizens led by Mayor Miller Ingram of Cheraw initiated a training needs survey of Marlboro and Chesterfield counties. The results illustrated the need and community support for an educational institution that would prepare its citizens for employment in various technical and related fields.

At the request of the State Committee for Technical Education, a joint delegation of the two county area appointed a committee to study the location and financing of a post-secondary, state-supported, two-year educational institution.

As a result of the committee work, Governor Robert E. McNair signed into law Legislative Act (R478,S425) officially creating the Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical Education Commission, the governing body for the new education center.


1968
Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical Education Center began operations.


1969
Relocated to a new physical plant west of Cheraw on Chesterfield Highway (SC 9).


1974
Per the request of the Commission, the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education changed the institution's name to Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical College.


1975
Construction began on three new buildings on the campus including a Community Education Center, Electrical Technology Building, and Learning Resource Center. Construction doubled the physical plant and was completed by fall 1976.


1978
The college received a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


1979
The college celebrated its 10-year anniversary. A new instructional building was completed and several facilities were opened including a career center and placement office. A registered nurse satellite program in partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College and Richmond Community College was also offered for the first time.


1981
The college established a data processing curriculum to meet the needs of the emerging computer technology industry.


1983
An innovative training agreement for maintenance employees with a major textile manufacturer was established.


1986
A computerized registration program and process was implemented.


1988
The college received a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


1991
Working with a major local industry partner, the college established an innovative apprenticeship program in metalworking.


1992
The academic scheduled changed from the quarter to semester system.


1994
The college celebrated its 25th anniversary and established access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff.


1996
A video-based distance learning system was established and improved access to educational and training programs across the service area.


1997
Major restoration and remodeling work on CMTC's buildings occurred and final plans were completed for the construction of a new classroom/library building, as well as continuing education facilities (completed in 2000).


1998
The college received a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


2000
The college name was changed to Northeastern Technical College (NETC) to reflect the regional nature of its three-county service area including Dillon County.


2003
Community campuses in Bennettsville, Pageland and Dillon were completed.


2004
T
he college began a new workforce training initiative known as REWARD (Rural Economic Workforce Alliance for Resource Development) in partnership with local Adult Education agencies.


2007
NETC earned approval to offer an Associate Degree of Nursing (RN) program. The first class graduates in 2009.


2008
The college received a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)


2010
In partnership with Marlboro County to bring more educational opportunities to Marlboro County citizens, the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library was completed adjacent to the college's community campus in Bennettsville.


2011
For the second consecutive fall semester, the college enrolled the largest number of students in the college's history. The college also completed expansion of the Dillon Campus to better serve the citizens of Dillon County.

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