Each week in February, in observance of Black History Month, The Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald Journal and Anderson Independent Mail will profile South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is part of a project that will conclude on March 2 with a look at the state of HBCUs in South Carolina.
Denmark Technical College is a publicly historically Black two-year technical college located in Bamberg County, South Carolina.
The General Assembly approved the establishment of Denmark Technical College in 1947. Operations began on March 1, 1948, initially as the South Carolina Trade School System.
The college is located in Denmark, with a population of approximately 5,000, according to the school’s website.
Denmark Technical College offers programs of Culinary Arts, Accounting, Administrative Office Technology, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, Computer Technology, Cybersecurity, Barbering, Cosmetology, Arts/General Education (English, Math, History, Sociology, Spanish, Public Speaking , Psychology, Developmental Reading, Developmental Math, Developmental English), Music Room, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Early Care and Education, Early Childhood Development, Human Services, Nurse Aid Assistance, Practical Nursing, Building Construction Fundamentals, Continuing Education, Plumbing , Welding and Electromechanical Engineering Technology.
For students like Aaliyah McKeithan, a freshman studying business administration, Denmark is the only technical college in the state with on-campus housing, which was a major factor in her college choice.
While she was not ready to commit to a four-year university, Denmark being a two-year institution with on-campus housing was a perfect fit for her.
“Student life is pretty well; I enjoy the students I go to school with. I really enjoy the closeness I get since I get to live on campus,” McKeithan said.
She’s a part of the Student Government Association on campus, so McKeithan is constantly in communication with the administrative staff and learning things about the school and what they can improve on for student life.
Included for students is a pantry where they can sign in and receive personal items, such as detergent, soap, deodorant and food.
“Its really good for out-of-state and in-state students who live pretty far from campus. And as a freshman, a lot of us don’t have cars. So having that pantry is really nice. Anything we need is there , McKeithan said.
Jarius Hays is a senior studying barbering who is a student leader on campus. He said during his first year he felt ‘at home’ and very welcomed.
“They welcomed me with open arms. I felt like they knew me when I first got here, which is crazy.
Fast facts on Denmark Technical College
Enrollment has grown from 42 students in 1948 to 650 students in 2020, according to the Denmark Technical College Master Plan 2020.
According to the college’s 10-year enrollment data facts, in 2016/2017, there were 948 in headcount and 507 students in full-time equivalent.
In the 10-year enrollment data, the fall 2015 and fall 2016 retention rate was 12%.
Student tuition and fees for in-state students who live off-campus for the 2021-22 school year is $3,378 and for on-campus students is $3,528. For out-of-state students off-campus tuition and fees for the 2021-22 school year are $6,191 and for on-campus students, $6,341. These costs do not include books and other personal expenses.
Additional costs for barbering, cosmetology, early childhood development and practical nursing students vary and can be found on their website at denmarktech.edu/tuition-and-fees/.
Notable alumni of Denmark Technical College include Albert Talbert, Edgefield County Council member representing District 1 and Bobby Gary, Kershaw County Council.
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