Aiken Tech has awarded more than 16,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates since founding

By Dede Biles, Aiken Standard

Aiken Technical College, which began offering classes in 1972, has awarded more than 16,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates to more than 13,000 alumni.

“Our purpose is to get people into the workforce, and we’ve been doing it for a half-century,” said Aiken Tech President Forest Mahan, who spoke about the school’s 50th anniversary and its future Monday.

He was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Aiken’s meeting at Newberry Hall.

“On Sept. 1, 2022, we will turn 50 officially,” Mahan said. “Our goal that day is to have a ’70s-themed day. Everybody will wear ’70s garb. “We’re also going to bury a time capsule,” he continued. “And among the things we are going to bury … is a face mask with Aiken Tech on it. If I never see one of these (reminders of COVID-19) again, I’ll be happy.”

In addition, there will be a 50th anniversary event Sept. 29 on the Aiken Tech campus for alumni, students, employees and community supporters.

“Typically, we do an annual fundraiser for our foundation,” Mahan said. “Our goal this year is to celebrate people and not ask for money. Of course, you can bring your checkbook, if you like. But our goal is to show the alumni, the students, the employees and the community supporters thanks for all they’ve done to support us these last 50 years.”

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