Universities and Colleges
In 2014, Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) celebrated its 50th anniversary of serving the needs of the residents of Florence and Darlington, and programs that support economic development. FDTC’s enrollment now exceeds 6,000 students with an additional 30,000 individuals being served through the continuing education program.
Florence-Darlington Technical College’s degree, diploma and certificate programs (more than 75 of them) lead to careers in business, engineering technology, health care, human services, manufacturing, and more. FDTC also offers the College Transfer Program for students with aspirations of transferring to a four-year institution. The Online College gives students the flexibility to attend classes when it is convenient.
When it comes to helping students choose their path or add new skills, FDTC is ready with hands-on learning that gives students real-world experience. What binds the FDTC faculty and staff together is the concern for the success of each and every student. The college believes in helping students to achieve success because FDTC knows a quality education has more value today than at any other time in our country’s history.
Florence-Darlington Technical College’s modern 240-acre campus between Florence and Darlington boasts state-of-the-art technology that mirrors what students will find in the workplace. The Health Sciences Campus in downtown Florence supports area hospitals and other healthcare businesses with a steady stream of qualified workers. FDTC offers satellite campuses in Hartsville, Lake City, and Mullins.
FDTC also houses the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the Darlington County Economic Development office in the SiMT building.
Florence-Darlington Technical College
2715 W. Lucas St.
Florence, SC 29501
Ranked by US News & World Reports as one of the best of the South, Francis Marion University is one of South Carolina’s 13 four-year, state-assisted universities. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a master’s level university, FMU takes pride in providing a strong comprehensive education in a broad range of undergraduate majors. The university also offers professional schools in education and business, as well as graduate programs in business, education, psychology, and nursing.
The university is located six miles east of Florence, S.C., on 468-wooded acres dotted with beautiful foliage and mature landscaping. Campus facilities include modern classroom buildings, laboratories, and residence halls — all in a safe, comfortable learning environment.
More than 96 percent of FMU students come from South Carolina, and the majority of the students hail from the Pee Dee region.
The university has a number of recreational facilities that are available for use that include the new, state-of-the-art Griffin Athletic Complex. The university intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 14 sports, seven each for men and women.
The Performing Arts Center, completed in 2011, is located in downtown Florence. It provides unparalleled performance venues for the region featuring national, regional, and local performing artists.
FMU’s Health Science Complex will be built at the intersection of West Evans and Irby streets and will feature 52,000 square feet of classrooms and office space. The building will serve as the home base for FMU’s nurse practitioner graduate students, for the third- and fourth-year University of South Carolina medical students, and for FMU’s physician’s assistant program, which is expected to begin in August 2016.
Francis Marion University
4822 E. Palmetto St.
Florence, SC 29506
The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) is located at Florence Darlington Technical College. The institute provides training of employees in manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping, and 3D interactive productions. SiMT also has a conference center.
It’s an amazing place! Here’s a bit of an introduction:
Welcome to the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology…the SiMT
Imagine. Holding a full three-dimensional prototype in your hand when your new idea was simply a napkin sketch 24 hours before.
Imagine. The ability to train employees in your newest processes without interrupting operations putting them at risk in the manufacturing environment.
Imagine. The ability to compete with larger competitors in filling precision parts orders – without investing thousands in new equipment, personnel and processes.
Imagine. A place where you can conveniently host a large conference or trade show with all of the latest presentation methods.
By utilizing the vast resources of the SiMT, you can train employees in a 3-dimensional, virtual reality environment, reducing both expenses and exposure to accidents while markedly improving retention. You can bring products to market faster by employing the largest Additive Manufacturing resources in the Southeast. You can meet customer orders for parts and assemblies that exceed your normal capacities by outsourcing parts production to our Advanced Machining Center. And, you can host a successful users’ meeting or convention in our conference center and theater.
We provide world class services to businesses, organizations, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, inventors and government entities. Our clients include a diverse range of industries: NASCAR (Stuart-Haas racing), medical device developers, (Creativasc Medical, DeGen Medical), and research institutions (Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Alabama – Birmingham.) The SIMT provides access to emerging technologies for everyone from a startup in the Gould Business Incubator; to a tier one supplier for Honda of South Carolina; to major industries and corporations, such as Otis Elevator.
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology
1951 Pisgah Road
Florence, South Carolina 29502