FTCC - A brief history

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) enjoys a rich history that started through the vision of concerned business leaders in Cumberland County who recognized the need for a local institution to provide job training for area industries and educational opportunities for high school graduates and adult learners. From that vision and through the perseverance of these leaders, the Fayetteville Area Industrial Education Center (IEC) was established in 1961 at the old Central Elementary School. The IEC became an immediate success. In 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill creating the statewide Community College System. From this opportunity, the Fayetteville Area Industrial Education Center became known as Fayetteville Technical Institute (FTI) in July 1963. In January, 1988, the name of the college changed to Fayetteville Technical Community College. The purpose of the name change was to broaden and enhance the public image of technical and vocational postsecondary education and job training opportunities to new and expanding industries. 

Fayetteville Tech celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 under the leadership of its current President, Dr. Larry Keen. From its humble beginnings with two buildings (LaFayette Hall and Horace Sisk) to its current 150-acre Fayetteville campus plus outlying educational centers, Fayetteville Tech has grown not only in numbers of buildings and acreage but also in student enrollment. In addition to the central Fayetteville campus, FTCC students enjoy the option of being served by the Spring Lake campus, and military students have convenient access to classes at the Fort Bragg Center. Fayetteville Technical Community College recognizes the value of military education and experience and offers military students the opportunity to pursue associate degree programs based on military occupational specialty, awarding academic credit hours toward the degree based on prior military education and experience.  

FTCC is a proud partner with the North Carolina Military Business Center, with headquarters housed on the 2201 Hull Road campus, and is pleased to have been named a military friendly school. As part of its mission to plan and apply all operations with sustainability at the forefront, FTCC was named by Sustainable Sandhills in 2011 as the first college to be certified as “green.”    

Fayetteville Technical Community College now serves approximately 40,000 students annually through its various Curriculum and Continuing Education opportunities. What began as a vision years ago by a group of concerned Cumberland County businessmen evolved into what is perceived by many as a pillar in the community, a mainstay offering hope through its open doors to individuals seeking education to improve quality of life, refresh skills, learn new skills or even pursue a hobby. Through the school’s motto, education for life, Fayetteville Technical Community College truly offers something unique for everyone to meet the changing demands of life’s phases, the challenges, and the pursuits.

For a complete listing of FTCC’s history as recorded in its Fact Book, please click on this link: https://r2w.faytechcc.edu:8443/r2w/api/report?c=r2w_enterprise&f=/InstitutionalEffectiveness/FactBook&r=factbook2014&token=cHVibGljOnBhc3N3b3Jk