As classes began in September 1966, students could choose courses from three divisions—Technical, Industrial Trades, and Extension. Examples of the curriculum choices included drafting and design, electronics engineering technology, air conditioning/refrigeration, auto mechanics, machine shop, industrial electronics, and pre-technical courses.
In the foreword to the catalog, Director Stanley I. Hudnall expresses confidence that the technical college system will provide South Carolina citizens the “opportunity to receive training and then take advantage of the new opportunities being afforded them by industry and business.”
The catalog also eloquently states the objectives of the newly created Piedmont Tec. One aim is to “seek…to develop in each student the knowledge and skill which, with application, will make for a more productive personal life within a more prosperous community.” Fifty years later, this objective is still right on target.