Florence-Darlington Tech. gets major funding

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence-Darlington Technical College is getting funds from a $25 million federal grant. The grant will help benefit programs in the Health Sciences building located in Downtown Florence.

The seven million dollars the school is getting will help FDTC students serve more of the public.

"I think it would be great to for them to get another grant to help out with the school because we have so many students coming from the surrounding areas," said Tanya Jones.

Tanya Jones is a medical student at Florence Darlington Technical College. Jones says she is excited about the updates soon to come.

Two years ago FDTC applied to get a portion of the $25 million Boost Grant, which is given by the US Department of Labor.

More books, 3D imaging equipment and some of the latest cutting edge medical resources will be purchased with the grant dollars. And some of that money will benefit the local community.

"The whole goal of having the health sciences campus in downtown Florence is to serve more and more of the public," said Clay Williams.

Right now, those who qualify can have their teeth cleaned by students at FDTC. This service allows for hands on training and gives back to the Florence community.

"Healthcare in South Carolina is a growing industry, and we need more and more people. We are happy here at Florence Darlington Tech that we are going to be able to grow our college and grow our health and sciences campus," said Williams.

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