Our History

In the fall of 1916, a group of prominent Guilford county residents convened to discuss the need for a "plan to combat tuberculosis." On December 20, 1921 voters approved a $100,000 bond issue to build the Guilford County Tuberculosis Sanatorium. The sanatorium opened its doors in 1924.

The combined practices of secluding those with the illness from the general population and an increase in cleanliness practices dramatically reduced both the cases of tuberculosis contracted and the deadliness of the illness and the sanatorium closed its doors in 1955.

In 1957, a proposal for a local Industrial Education Center was sent to Guilford County Commissioners to fill the need for industrial training. The Board of Education approved the proposal for the center at Jamestown and the sanatorium facilities were allocated by County Commissioners in 1958. Ed Kemp was appointed as Chairman and Bruce B. Roberts was named the first Director of the Guilford Industrial Education Center and what is now known as GTCC was born. The newly dubbed GIEC began the fall semester with 42 students enrolled in classes and ended with 593 students due to new programs added to the curriculum.

The 1960s brought about more change for the fledgling college. In 1963 control of the industrial education centers was shifted to the Department of Community Colleges.

Local control was vested in an eight-member Board of Trustees. In 1965 Dr. Herbert F. Marco was appointed as the first president of Guilford Technical Institute and the newly named college was vested with the authority to grant the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree. The first student to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree from GTI was Mrs. Virginia Bangiola of High Point in 1966 and the first graduation ceremony was held on June 11, 1967.

That same year the college's second president, Dr. Luther R. Medlin was named. Other events of interest in the 1960s included; the first issue of the college yearbook was published, GTI's first basketball team the Green Hornets was formed and the college's first Adult Education classes were offered. The 1960s closed with GTI becoming a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and launching a new program in Aviation Technology.

The 70s weren't quite as eventful; however, the college continued to grow. The Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association announced an accreditation of dental programs and a county-wide bond referendum appropriated $3 million to GTI for construction projects. A hangar was leased from the Piedmont Triad Airport and the Guilford College's downtown campus was purchased so the college could expand. This time also saw the third and fourth college presidents come and go.

The 1980s opened with the fifth president and continued growth. The State Board of Education approved the request of the college to add a college transfer program at GTI. In 1983 GTI celebrated its 25th birthday. Shortly thereafter the name of the college was changed to Guilford Technical Community College to reflect the newly of fered college-transfer curriculum.

In 1991 Dr. Donald W. Cameron was appointed the 6th President of GTCC. Ciba donated $225,000 to GTCC's Tech Prep Program in November 1994 and a National Science Foundation grant to bring Internet access to the college was received in 1995. Also in 1995 the State Board of Community Colleges approved a proposal to convert NC Community College System to semester system which was implemented during the Fall Semester of 1997.

The next two years were ones of growth with the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center dedicated and Cline Observatory opened. In 1999 the Koury Corporation donated the largest gift ever made to GTCC- $500,000. Later that year the Koury Hospitality Careers Center was dedicated in appreciation of the corporation. The first School of Entertainment Technology in North Carolina offered by a community college was also established in 1999.

In 2000, the newly renovated Williams Health Careers Building for nursing and medical assisting programs was dedicated. The Gladys S. Sears Endowed Teaching Chair in Business Technology was established and the High Point Campus Gatlin Entertainment Technology Building opened in 2003. GTCC premiered its new athletic program in 2006 with men's basketball and women's volleyball. The student body chose the Titan as the school mascot after weeks of voting. The department of E-learning was established to fill a need in 2007. The year 2008 was a big one with the college celebrating its 50th anniversary. Growth continued in other areas as well in 2008 with the athletics program introducing women's basketball and baseball to the roster of sports.

On June 8, 2009, GTCC and the City of High Point unveiled the historical marker shown above at the site of the first GTCC Campus in High Point. The building that held the classes in 1955 still stands today along English Road.

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