History 1980-99

July 8, 1980 Teleconference system with ETV studios featuring “talkback” capabilities initiated
July 31, 1980 Medical Laboratory Technician program accredited
Sept. 16, 1981dedication of Agricultural/Industrial Buildings
August 1982 Associate Degree Nursing program begins; Word Processing courses begin; Forest Products Technology begins
April 7, 1983 program for displaced workers begins
August 5, 1983Industrial Maintenance Mechanics diploma program begins
Dec. 22, 1984 college named Innovative Technical Training Resource Center for Electromechanical Maintenance Technology in South Carolina
Nov. 16, 1986 college awarded $2.8 million in state funds for new Health Sciences Building
Feb. 25, 1987 college begins first geriatric nursing program in South Carolina
March 20, 1987 college breaks ground on new Health Sciences Building
Aug. 19, 1987Electromechanical Maintenance Technology Resource Center opens
Nov. 2, 1987 Rudy Groomes named Outstanding President for 1987 by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education
Nov. 5, 1987 first centralized job placement office established
September 1988Health Sciences Building opens
1992-1993 Triple C – College Credit Courses – for transfer credit only begin at Edisto High School; first courses were English 101/102 and Math 110/111
January 1993 OCtech dedicates buildings to three Area Commission charter members: Industrial/Technology, Business/Computer Technology and Faculty Administration buildings to Joe K. Fairey II, John O. Wesner and Ben R. Wetenhall, respectively
1998 OCtech begins offering online courses

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