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.
Total Public Schools
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Regions & Schools||Type||County||2016-2017
|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|
|Regions & Schools||Type||County||2016-2017
|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