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Education

Here in Horry County, we pride ourselves on the superior education system. Ranging from a national award winning K-12 school district to top-tiered higher education options like Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College, Horry County has countless options for students of all ages. Whether your child is elementary school, middle or high school or if you are looking to take some continuing education classes, our schools have great options to meet each individual’s needs and goals.

Horry County School District - K-12 

Horry County Schools is a county-wide school system, serving a population of 280,000 people along the Atlantic Coastline of northeastern South Carolina. It encompasses 51 schools in the nine attendance areas of Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee, North Myrtle Beach, Loris, Aynor, Green Sea Floyds, and St. James. With more than 40,000 students and 5,400 employees, HCS is the state’s third largest school district and the county’s largest employer. Each area consists of a high school and the elementary and middle schools that feed into it.

Fueled by excellence in our k-12 educational system, we are also fortunate to have great institutions of higher learning, as well as other private career education programs.

  • In 2013, Federal grades showed that Horry County Schools (HCS) was the highest ranked county-wide school system in South Carolina.
  • The graduating class of 2013 earned $50.2 million in scholarships, collectively, the highest amount ever recorded. Seventy-seven percent plan to attend post- secondary schools.
  • Forty-two HCS schools were awarded Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for high levels of achievement and academic growth. The annual awards are presented by the State’s Department of Education and Education Oversight Committee.
  • HCS has been named to the College Board’s 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for significant gains in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement® courses and successfully passing course exams.
  • Seven schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Horry County Schools also has the highest performing International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the state.

For more information about Horry County Schools, CLICK HERE.

 

Coastal Carolina University 

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution that seeks to develop students who are both knowledgeable in their chosen fields and prepared to be productive, responsible, healthy citizens with a global perspective. To deliver on this commitment, Coastal Carolina recruits highly qualified and motivated students, faculty and staff from the region, state, nation and world to create a diverse and dynamic student-centered learning environment. CCU is preparing students for professional careers or graduate programs by embracing the teacher-scholar model, which places primary emphasis on high quality teaching and engaged learning. The University supports faculty research, creative activities and expert collaboration in the community, state, nation and world, all foundational elements essential for regional workforce development.

Faculty and staff mentor students in collaborative research, creative opportunities, and internships. To nurture this active learning community, Coastal Carolina maintains a broad range of contemporary technologies, programming, support services and innovative course offerings and delivery methods.

Located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C., the University offers 67 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, and eight master's degree programs in accountancy, business administration, education, liberal studies, marine and wetland studies, and writing, plus the new Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership. The University also offers its first doctoral program – the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science.

 More than 9,900 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 180 student clubs and organizations.

The University comprises 102 main buildings on 620 acres including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, located on the East Campus in the Atlantic Center on U.S. 501, and The General James Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University, a public 18-hole golf facility located adjacent to the campus. The University also offers courses at the Litchfield Higher Education Center and the Myrtle Beach Education Center. A 1,105-acre tract, including a portion of Waties Island, provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island.


Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent university in 1993. Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.

For more information about Coastal Carolina University, CLICK HERE.

 

Horry Georgetown Technical College 

At Horry Georgetown Technical College, your training requirements are Job One.

Since its first technology classes began in 1966, Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) has developed hundreds of tailor-made training programs for new and expanding industries. Support for job creation to promote prosperity for local citizens and industry is HGTC’s primary mission. Support for innovative solutions to key community issues closely follows.

From automated manufacturing to welding, engineering technology to robotics, HGTC’s quick class start-up and thorough instruction precisely follow the training needs of employers. Here’s more information about HGTC’s success:

Horry Georgetown’s associate degree engineering technology students often compete beside and beat students in university bachelor degree programs during contests sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The same is true for HGTC’s golf and sports turf students, who consistently rank at and near the top of regional and national professional soil contests sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association and other groups.

• And HGTC’s commitment to quality healthcare training is unparalleled. One of the most sophisticated dental training clinics in the nation, housed on HGTC’s Grand Strand Campus, serves military veterans, seniors and children without adequate resources to afford expensive dental care. HGTC cooperates with the Medical University of South Carolina to offer this special program.

• The physical therapy assistant program at HGTC ranks among the top ten nationally, and graduates of HGTC’s nursing programs often among the highest in the state on medical board exams.

• For employees interested in pursuing higher education, HGTC offers more than 90 associate degree programs. Most transfer to four-year colleges. Tuition at HGTC is among the lowest in the state, and the SC Education Lottery provides a tuition assistance program for resident high school graduates, saving thousands of dollars in tuition for children of the Waccamaw/Grand Strand Region.

• HGTC offers South Carolina’s only associate degree program in forestry and wildlife management. A variety of internships in this program often lead to job offers for new graduates.

• Home to the new $17 million International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, HGTC chefs, who have worked from Houston to Switzerland, Tuscany to Thailand, are poised to change how Myrtle Beach eats. The Institute, now under construction, will provide training for chefs and catering services along South Carolina’s Hospitality Coast and beyond. This innovative training facility is a natural spin-off from HGTC’s award-winning culinary arts program.

More than 8,000 students benefit from HGTC associate degree and continuing education programs annually. HGTC is housed on three campuses in Horry and Georgetown Counties: Conway, Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Hundreds of classes are also offered online.

For more information on Horry Georgetown Technical College, CLICK HERE

 

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

  

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, also known as PIA, offers Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) degrees in Aviation Maintenance Technology, and Aviation Electronics Technology. Founded in 1929, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics now has four branch campuses with one being located in Myrtle Beach near the Myrtle Beach International Airport and International Techonology and Aerospace Park. The 26,000 sq ft facility houses classrooms, a student resource center with a computer lab and publications library, and shop areas for aircraft propulsion systems, electricity, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composite materials, non-destructive testing, welding, and painting.  This program can be completed in approximately 17 months and also qualifies graduates to test for the FAA A&P Cerfitifcation.  Students also have the opportunity to attend Horry Georgetown Technical College in conjunction with PIA to be able to earn an associate degree in Applied Science in addition to their A&P. 

Graduates from PIA have versatile knowledge by entering into positions such as technicians for regional and major airlines, aircraft production and maintenance facilities, amusement parks, automated production facilities, government contractors, petrochemical manufacturing plants, telecommunication systems providers, specialty metal manufacturers, and research and development centers.

For more information on Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, CLICK HERE.

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