The SCATE Center is an excellent resource for current and prospective students pursuing careers in engineering, manufacturing, industrial, and network information management technologies. We offer a variety of opportunities and information to support students as they complete their degree program, including scholarships, industry data, internship opportunities, industry tours, networking, and much more.

Tech Star scholarships afford students an opportunity to obtain a quality education and pursue a rewarding career path without the burden of applying for and paying back school loans. Learn more about how becoming a Tech Star can help you achieve your goals.

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Internships offer students invaluable experiential education integrating classroom study with real world supervised career related training. Gain experience in your field, develop a professional network, strengthen your skills, and obtain career preparation assistance.

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Student Testimonials

Learn more about the Engineering Technology program at Florence-Darlington Technical College and the rewarding experience and benefits of pursuing a career in engineering technology from people just like you.


  • Taylor Hunter
    "Tech Stars has assisted and helped me financially for my tuition, books, and supplies. Thanks to them, I am able to graduate from Florence-Darlington Technical College DEBT FREE! For that, I am forever grateful and hope Tech Stars will continue throughout the years!" - Taylor Hunter
  • Michael Davis
    "I am a Mechanical Engineering 2017 graduate of FDTC. A great asset to FDTC is the great instructors that care about the education of their students. I worked in the additive manufacturing department which helped make me become more valuable to the job market. The Tech Star program helped pay for my classes, offered student support, and gave incentives for students to work towards. It helped lower stress levels, not having to worry about paying tuition." - Michael Davis
  • Barrick Smalls
    "You control your own future” Tech Stars has helped me by ensuring I receive as much support as possible, whether it be financial, or educational. The Tech Star scholarship has also helped me get over my financial burden of supplies and tuition. I like that I am able to receive feedback on real life situations concerning my field of work and future goals. I appreciate that Tech Stars has provided me with the tools I need to be a successful individual." - Barrick Smalls
  • Melisa Williams
    "I am a Network Systems Management (NSM) 2017 graduate of FDTC. I chose the NSM degree program as a means to enter a fast growing area of employment. My favorite part of the program was the hands on learning which enhanced my level of understanding about how a network is built. I plan on continuing my education to receive a bachelor’s degree in the IT field. The Tech Star program supplemented my education and allowed me to stay in school full time. It is an excellent program to achieve your educational goals." - Melisa Williams
  • Virginia Jennings
    "Without [Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC)] and FDTC Tech Stars, I wouldn't be graduating in [2018] from the Electronics Engineering program! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!" - Virginia Jennings
  • Ivy Wilson
    "I am a second year Civil Engineering Technology student at FDTC. I chose FDTC because it was convenient and affordable. My favorite part of my program is how close the instructors are with their students, not just in class, but also mentoring outside of class. The SCATE Center enabled me to travel to Washington, DC as an American Association of Community Colleges’ ATE Student Scholarship recipient to showcase my solid works project. It was really cool to go because I had never been to Washington, DC before. The SCATE center also helped me along with my instructor to obtain an internship that will enable me to grow by knowledge in my interested field of study. - Ivy Wilson
  • To the SCATE Center "Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work, working for the students in the Tech Stars Program. I really appreciate everything you, and your committee, have done for me." - Tyler Adams

    Technology Career Facts (Did you know?)

    According to National Association of Manufacturers, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    In 2016, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $82,023 annually, including pay and benefits.

    The average worker in all non-farm industries earned $64,609.

    Looking specifically at wages, the average manufacturing worker earned more than $26.50 per hour.

    Manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers who are eligible for health benefits provided by their employer.

    Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.

    Some of our Industry Partners


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