Student Clubs and Organizations
Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Student Chapter
The AITP Student Club is a college affiliate chapter of the national professional Association of Information Technology Professionals, sponsored by the Computer Technology Department. Membership is cross-curriculum and open to anyone interested in computers, networking, programming or technology in general. All AITP student members will be provided opportunities to socialize with other student members, faculty, and IT employers in the community. Members also participate in numerous community activities, such as Treats for Special Kids.
Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models)
Call Me MISTER recruits high school and college male students, many of whom are African Americans, to train as Elementary and Middle Level teachers. The program's goal is to counteract a critical shortage of African American male teachers, particularly among the state's lowest performing schools.
Engineering and Construction Technology Club
The HGTC Engineering student club provides the enhancement of student knowledge in the Engineering & Construction industry and local networking opportunities. In addition, students participate in different event like the ASCE Engineering Conference, Engineering Day and Habitat for Humanity activities every semester and attend Engineering & Construction technology seminars sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers-ASCE and the Construction Specification Institute-CSI.
Ronald E. McNair Club
Dr. Ronald E. McNair was a South Carolina astronaut and scientist who, along with six other crew members, lost his life on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. This club was founded to honor and memorialize his exemplary life and work. Its purposes are: 1) to promote academic excellence through achievement; 2) to provide leadership development; 3) to provide a student support network; and 4) to explore educational opportunities available to students. Membership is extended to any currently enrolled student who completes a formal application for membership and pays the annual membership fee.
The Limited General Radiology club is actively involved with numerous community service projects. This is a curriculum-specific club for students enrolled in Limited General Radiology program. Active participation in community-service projects is a priority for this club. Members work closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and their efforts helped raise over $160,000 in a two-year period. Also supportive of fellow students, this club raised funds that enabled an HGTC student to receive a liver transplant.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the prestigious international honor society serving community and technical colleges. Alpha Nu Sigma, HGTC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, has been recognized as one of the nation’s best, having earned consecutive five-star status rankings and distinguished chapter recognition internationally. Since academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa, membership is by invitation only and is based on a minimum 3.5 GPA and 12 credit hours earned toward an Associate’s Degree.
Physical Therapist Assistant Club
The PTA Club purpose represents the mission and vision of the physical therapy profession to HGTC students. The club allows for co-curriculum activities, seminars for professional development opportunities, and active participation in community service.
Rad-to-the-Bone is a curriculum-specific club serving Radiologic Technology students. This club provides students the opportunity for leadership development and community service.
Society of American Foresters, Student Chapter
The club is curriculum-specific, serving Forestry Management Technology students. The goal of the club is to provide forestry students opportunities to interact with forestry and natural resource professionals in South Carolina and the Southeast.
Sonographers “R” Us
Sonographers"R"US is curriculum-specific serving Diagnostic Medical Sonography program students. The club allows for co-curriculum activities; seminars for professional development opportunities; and active participation in community service.
South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA)
The HGTC student chapter works to increase awareness of the needs of children throughout the developmental stages from birth though age five. The chapter provides aid to early childhood students. Members attend early childhood workshops and conferences and establish health and educational standards for nursery schools, kindergartens and other childcare centers.
Student American Dental Assistants Association (SADAA)
SADAA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional association. Membership is limited to students of the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program. The club's main goal is to provide dental-health education to the community with a focus on elementary-age children. This club also participates in community-service activities.
Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)
SADHA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional association. Membership is limited to students of the Dental Hygiene Program.
Student Nurses' Association
Study Abroad Program
HGTC is one of the few technical colleges in the state offering a study abroad program. This international travel experience benefits our students in future academic and professional pursuits while receiving academic credit. The Humanities and English departments, realizing the tremendous potential of a studies abroad program for the academic and personal growth of HGTC students, provided an opportunity unlike programs offered at other technical colleges in the state.
Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology Club is a curriculum specific club and holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the professional development of the surgical technology student.
Tau Upsilon Alpha
Tau Upsilon Alpha is a program of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). The purposes of the society are to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity. The purpose is to provide “Excellence in Service to Humanity. The HGTC Chapter name is Chi Chi, and members are invited to membership by the Chapter Advisor and/or the Chapter President when they meet the following criteria: full-Time or Part-Time students enrolled in the Human Services Associate Degree; completed at least 12 hours in courses leading to the Associate degree; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
The HGTC Student Veterans Organization
The HGTC Student Veterans Organization is open for current and future student veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, National Guard or Reserve. The goal of the organization is to provide a place for veterans to connect, ease their transition from combat to college, access resources and enjoy peer support and camaraderie. The Organization invites representatives from the local community and special guest speakers to educate the members about resources available to them and their families and is committed to giving back to the community by fund raising and participating in charity events.
Ambassadors work to support a number of important College events, including New Student Orientation and other special programs. They provide valuable insight, promote educational growth, and embrace diversity among to the student population. Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application process each spring.