Our vision is to elevate each student and every community we serve through transformative technology and exceptional teaching.

TCL’s Mission

The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality academic education and workforce training to serve the needs of individuals, businesses, and industries in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

  • Approved by the Area Commission September 20, 2022
  • Approved by South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, October 13, 2022
  • Reaffirmed by the Area Commission March 23, 2023

More about TCL:

One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to The Mather School founded in 1868. The college is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of the rural counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, fulltime, and part-time.

The Technical College of the Lowcountry provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates in an environment fostering excellence in teaching and learning. The College prepares graduates with knowledge and skills for transfer to senior colleges and universities and for careers in computer technology, industrial technology, engineering technology, occupational technology, business, health sciences, and public service.

The College serves as an effective partner in the economic and human resource development of the Lowcountry. As an open admissions institution, the Technical College of the Lowcountry offers academic, transfer, and specialized programs. Offerings include developmental education; arts and sciences; career development; specialized, contract courses tailored for specific businesses and industries; and continuing education to meet the workforce needs of the Lowcountry. In addition to responding to local and regional needs of the area, the College recognizes that state, national, and international issues affect the lives of the citizens of the Lowcountry and responds to these issues appropriately.

In support of its educational programs and services the College offers comprehensive student development services to all who seek to better their lives through education. In an atmosphere of shared values, the College encourages creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness among its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. With a commitment to excellence, the Technical College of the Lowcountry creates a positive, student-centered environment. The College empowers individuals by enabling them to learn and to develop throughout their lifetimes.

TCL History

1711The Town of Beaufort established.
1861Union troops occupy Beaufort.
1862Penn School founded to educate newly liberated slaves.
1868The Mather School for daughters of former slaves established.
1881Mrs. Mather deeds the property to the New England Baptist Missionary Association.
1901First elementary class of three members graduates.
1932Mather School high school program approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education as Mather Industrial School – 12 grades are now being taught.
1954The Junior College Department organized to provide increased educational opportunities for high school graduates in the greater Beaufort area and allow male students to enroll.
1955Mather School accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
1956Mather Junior College graduates first class.
1966Mather School one of three schools designated by the Office of Economic Opportunity for a pilot project designed to assist high school graduates in this section of South Carolina to overcome certain academic deficiencies before entering college.
1967The Board of Trustees of the Mather School, in concurrence with the American Baptist Home Mission Societies vote to offer the campus and buildings to the South Carolina State Board of Education for use as a State Area Trade School and to effect a merger relationship with Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.
1968Mather School concludes 100 years of unique educational service to the greater Beaufort area. The campus is given to the state of South Carolina as an area trade school.
1969The South Carolina General Assembly transfers the administration of Beaufort Area Trade School from the Department of Education to the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE).
1970The School becomes known as the Beaufort Regional Training Center.
1972The Center becomes part of the State Technical College System under the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education and renamed the Beaufort Technical Education Center.
1974State Board designates a four-county service area – Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties. A branch campus is established in Hampton County.
1978The Center is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools.
1979The Center’s name is changed to Beaufort Technical College. Off-Campus military education programs at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island are begun.
1981Special Services, a program offering counseling to high risk, first- generation college students is begun. Part of the federal government TRIO programs.
1982College receives funding for the Upward Bound Program, part of the federal government TRIO programs. Area high school students selected for special counseling and tutoring.
1983The College’s Hilton Head Island Center is opened and the Beaufort Technical College Foundation is established.
1984SACS Reaffirmation.
1985College receives funding for Talent Search, a program providing career and college counseling in area high schools. Part of the federal government TRIO programs. College becomes one of only three colleges in the state to offer all three of the TRIO programs.
1986Legislation is introduced to establish an area commission, a local government board for the College.
1987Dr. Anne S. McNutt appointed President.
1988College changes name to “ Technical College of the Lowcountry” to reflect its four-county service area. The Foundation is also renamed.
1990Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are offered.
1991The Hampton Center is renamed H. Mungin Center in honor of Halbert Mungin, who served as Hampton County’s representative on the TCL Commission from 1987-1990.
1992Converted from quarters to semesters.
2005Groundbreaking for the New River Campus
2006New River Campus opens doors for classes and dedicates campus
2008Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel appointed President.
2011TCL operates Colleton Quick Jobs Center.
2012TCL Enterprise Campus approved by State Board.
2012Renovated Hampton Campus opens.
2013TCL names Dr. Gina Mounfield Interim President.
2014Dr. Richard J. Gough begins as TCL’s new President.
2018TCL celebrates 50 years of community college and 150 years of The Mather School.
2019TCL breaks ground on the Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton, S.C.
2021TCL opens the Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton, S.C.