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State budget includes funding for CCTC Kershaw campus
Although the budget still needs to be approved by the governor, state legislators have committed $1.5 million toward expanding Central Carolina Technical Colleges campus in Kershaw County. - photo by Tenell Felder

Thanks to members of Kershaw County’s legislative delegation, South Carolina’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 state budget includes $1.5 million to expand Central Carolina Technical College’s (CCTC) campus in Kershaw County. The state budget still must be approved by the governor.

The appropriation is a part of a state-wide initiative to address workforce development in South Carolina to prepare state residents for the high-tech jobs of the future. Kershaw County Council has committed an additional $5 million to the proposed CCTC expansion.

CCTC currently serves more than 900 Kershaw County residents who are enrolled as students.

The expansion of the campus in Kershaw County will enable the college to offer complete programs of study here for students to earn a two-year degree. CCTC and the Kershaw County Economic Development Office are working together in an effort to develop a highly-skilled workforce to attract new business and industry and to also provide training for current employees of local business and industry.

Members of the Kershaw County legislative delegation advocated the importance of expanding the CCTC’s Kershaw County campus for the long-term benefits to county residents.

“(CCTC) is excited to see our vision for expanding the Kershaw County campus become a reality,” CCTC President Tim Hardee said. “The local legislative delegation was able to impress upon their fellow senate and house members the importance of this project to the future of Kershaw County. This announcement, along with the financial commitment from Kershaw County Council, allows the college, in partnership with Kershaw County Council and Kershaw County School District, to begin developing a master plan for the site. The potential for growth is tremendous for our campus in Kershaw County and the college will be able to expand course offerings and offer complete programs of study with this expansion.”

Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter echoed Hardee’s sentiments.

“I am pleased of the acknowledgement by the state of South Carolina of the vital role this project will play in the continued economic development of the Wateree Region of the Central Midlands of South Carolina,” Carpenter said. “This is a key first step. I look forward to continued support of this project by the state and other partners and anticipate the positive affect this campus will have on Camden, Kershaw County and the entire state.”

Kershaw County School District Superintendant Dr. Frank Morgan stated, “This is huge for our community because an expanded Central Carolina presence will enhance educational opportunities for both high school students and adult learners. These opportunities will grow the capacity of our workforce and enhance the environment for economic development in Kershaw County.”