Since its founding in 1966, Horry-Georgetown Technical College has provided post-secondary vocational, technical, and occupational programs that lead directly to securing or continuing employment; associate degree programs that enable students to gain access to other post-secondary education; and personal interest classes, programs, and services that meet the job training, occupational advancement, and lifelong-learning needs of the residents and employers in its service area. As a member of the South Carolina Technical College System, HGTC is a public, two-year technical college, enrolling 7,750 to 9,500 college-credit-curriculum students (fall head count) and providing continuing-education programs for 8,000 to 10,000 participants per year. HGTC provides services to the individuals and employers of Horry and Georgetown Counties; certain academic programs serve regional, national, and even international needs. The College values partnerships with business, industry, community agencies, and other educational and governmental institutions that support the growth and development of the community. HGTC is the fourth-largest of the 16 South Carolina technical colleges and is one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the state. The College was established in 1961 as Horry-Marion-Georgetown Technical Education Center, and received its first class of students--123 members strong--in 1966. Since the first graduating class, the College has graduated more than 27,000 students, 90% of whom have remained in Horry and Georgetown Counties as part of the local workforce. HGTC offers three convenient campus locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway and Georgetown County.