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In 1958, the Guilford Industrial Education Center (GIEC) opened its doors, and what is now known as GTCC was born. GIEC began the fall semester with 42 students enrolled in classes and ended with 593 students enrolled. The center was founded with the purpose of increasing technical skills of unskilled workers in order to create a sustainable, industrial workforce.
From its humble beginning as North Carolina’s “first training school, established through the cooperative efforts of education and industry” (1955), to the opening of the (Piedmont) Guilford Industrial Education Center (GIEC, 1958), through its maturation as Guilford Technical Institute (1965), to its flagship status as a comprehensive community college (1983), GTCC is still, as former president Dr. Luther E. Medlin proudly proclaimed in 1972, “Guilford County’s most unique educational institution.”
Today, Guilford Technical Community College offers more than 80 programs of study and continues to support success through innovative education, training and partnerships. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as noncredit courses in professional development, personal enrichment, job training, career development and basic education.
As the third largest of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from its Jamestown, Greensboro, High Point, Aviation and Donald W. Cameron campuses as well as its Small Business Center in Greensboro and High Point.
Catalyst for success
Supporting success through innovative education, training, and partnerships
Goal 1: Improve student access, success, progress and completion
Provide clear student pathways to job placement/upgrade or college transfer
Implement or enhance multiple learning models and academic support strategies to meet the needs of a diverse learning population
Implement or enhance college processes that mitigate obstacles to access and completion.
Promote a campus culture of inclusion.
Goal 2:Use technology effectively to enhance the student, faculty and staff experience
Develop and implement a visionary technology planning process that provides for and supports the college’s technology requirements and use of technology by students, faculty and staff.
Support innovation by providing meaningful professional development that promotes technology integration in classroom and instructional support practices.
Goal 3:Secure additional funding through strategic pursuit of grants, gifts and entrepreneurial endeavors
Seek to attract grant funding that aligns with our strategic plan
Collaborate with the GTCC Foundation to promote advocacy and financial support by individual and institutional donors
Enhance or develop alternative streams of funding
Goal 4: Identify and meet employer and community needs in the region
Provide employers with an effective workforce that in part aligns with regional industry clusters
Provide cultural, personal, and professional enrichment programs for the community
Goal 5:Provide learning opportunities in a safe, convenient and inviting atmosphere
Provide an infrastructure that oversees, support, sustains and monitors college regulatory compliance and other needs for emergency preparedness and campus safety
Assess facility assets regarding strategic redeployment of existing space, program access and future growth
Foster student and employee engagement in sustainable facilities, campus beautification and college pride
Goal 6: Cultivate a workplace culture of inclusion that welcomes, develops, supports and empowers employees
Foster a college culture that supports employee diversity through recruitment and retention
Provide best-in-class professional development for all employees