GTCC – Serving The Community Since 1958

Guilford Technical Community College opened its doors in 1958 as Guilford Industrial Education Center (GIEC). 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), Guilford Technical Community College 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 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System, GTCC serves more than 35,000 students annually from six campuses and a Small Business Center.

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