Living Here

Embracing Our Future

The K-12 schools in this region include some of the most highly ranked elementary, middle and high schools in South Carolina. Along with K-12 education, the region also has a vast array of vocational training and adult education opportunities.

K-12 SCHOOLS IN I-77 Region

185

Total Public Schools

129,923

Total Students

15:1

Student/Teacher Ratio

Business + K-12 Education Partnerships

Giti Tire

Giti Math and Science Award Program

On April 6, 2017, the first award program was held for the Chester County School District, where the following three schools were awarded first place: Great Falls High School, Great Fall Middle School and Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology.

From a rotating solar panel to a vertical garden, students have created some very innovative environmental solutions as part of the Giti Math and Science Award Program. The contest, which requires students to create an eco-friendly solution that can be used by the community, started at the beginning of the 2016 school year with math and science clubs being formed at 11 participating schools.

Winthrop University

Growing the IT Talent Pipeline

IT-oLogy has helped more than 48,000 K-12 students and 3,170 educators explore IT through career fairs, competitions, and Cyber Saturdays.

In 2008, the University of South Carolina (USC) and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina partnered with IBM to form IT-oLogy, in part to encourage young people to learn the skills needed to manage enterprise systems, large-scale computers that process high volume transactions. Today, IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of companies, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession.

World-Renowned Higher Education

The I-77 Region is well-known for excellent universities and colleges, with 9 major schools located within the region and another 15 located in the surrounding region.

Business + Higher Education Partnerships

Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics

IBM + Fluor Corporation + University of South Carolina (USC)
Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics

USC’s Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics is a public/private partnership between the University of South Carolina, Fluor Corporation and IBM to increase education and economic opportunities for South Carolina and the region. 

Midlands Technical College

Total Comfort Solutions + Midlands Technical College
Customized Training in Technical and Soft Skills

For more than 30 years, Total Comfort Solutions has partnered with Midlands Technical College to train their HVAC technicians and for customized leadership and communication skills training modules for nearly 70 of their 100+ employees.

Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Okuma + York Technical College
Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Okuma forged a partnership with York Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, where Okuma distributors and customers receive hands-on training in machining practices using the most advanced Okuma machines and tools. The center educates a wide range of students from companies such as Rolls-Royce, The Boeing Company, General Motors, John Deere, Honda, Siemens and Harley-Davidson.

I-77 Region Higher Education

57,934 Enrollment 2017-2018
14,087 Graduates 2016-2017

Surrounding Region Higher Education

96,634 Enrollment 2017-2018
20,683 Graduates 2016-2017

Colleges + Universities Located Within I-77 Region*

Regions & Schools Type County 2016-2017
Awards
2017-2018
Enrollment
University of South Carolina - Primary Campus University / 4-year / Public Richland, SC 9,467 34,731
Midlands Technical College - Richland* Technical College / 2-year / Public Richland, SC 1,092 5,336
Winthrop University University / 4-year / Public York, SC 1,371 6,073
York Technical College - Primary Campus Technical College / 2-year / Public York, SC 854 4,338
Benedict College College / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Richland, SC 318 2,090
University of South Carolina - Lancaster Community College / 2-year / Public Lancaster, SC 168 1,910
Columbia College College / 4-year / Private Richland, SC 419 1,514
Columbia International University University / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Richland, SC 303 966
Allen University College / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Richland, SC 66 590
York Technical College - Chester* Technical College / 2-year / Public Chester, SC No Data 200
Clinton College College / 4-year / Private not-for-profit York, SC 29 170
Midlands Technical College - Fairfield* Technical College / 2-year / Public Fairfield, SC No Data 16
ALLIANCE REGION SUBTOTAL: 14,087 57,934

Colleges + Universities In I-77 Surrounding Region*

Regions & Schools Type County 2016-2017
Awards
2017-2018
Enrollment
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University / 4-year / Public Mecklenburg, NC 7,158 29,317
Central Piedmont Community College Community College / 2-year / Public Mecklenburg, NC 2,997 19,100
Midlands Technical College - Lexington* Technical College / 2-year / Public Lexington, SC 1,253 6,725
Gaston College - Gaston Community College / 2-year / Public Gaston, NC 1,143 5,172
Gardner-Webb University University / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Cleveland, NC 1,187 3,818
Central Carolina Technical College Technical College / 2-year / Public Sumter, SC 614 3,720
Wingate University University / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Union, NC 762 3,620
South Carolina State University University / 4-year / Public Orangeburg, SC 473 2,942
Cleveland Community College Community College / 2-year / Public Cleveland, NC 794 2,700
Limestone College University / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Cherokee, SC 679 2,661
Queens University of Charlotte University / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Mecklenburg, NC 705 2,507
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Technical College / 2-year / Public Orangeburg, SC 711 2,479
Claflin University University / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Orangeburg, SC 371 2,129
Davidson College College / 4-Year / Private not-for-profit Mecklenburg, NC 503 1,810
Belmont Abbey College College / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Gaston, NC 313 1,555
Johnson C Smith University University / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Mecklenburg, NC 286 1,483
Newberry College College / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Newberry, SC 192 1,181
Northeastern Technical College Technical College / 2-year / Public Chesterfield, SC 257 1,063
University of South Carolina-Sumter Community College / 2-year / Public Sumter, SC 112 1,002
University of South Carolina-Union Community College / 2-year / Public Union, SC 62 903
Morris College College / 4-year / Private not-for-profit Sumter, SC 111 747
SURROUNDING REGION SUBTOTAL: 20,683 96,634

Source: National Center for Education Statistics. Non-profit institutions that offer primarily associate's degrees or higher. Universities are institutions offering advanced degrees.

* Estimated data

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