Founded as the Guilford Industrial Education Center on 1958, the training facility was established to prepare workers for technical jobs created by the rapid manufacturing growth in the county and opened with 50 students enrolled in two classes. The State Board of Community Colleges approved GTI's request to add a college transfer program in 1983, and the institution became Guilford Technical Community College. GTCC's mission has basically remained unchanged: the institution is charged to give the people of Guilford County the training and education they need to compete in the job market.
GTCC is offers 93 degrees, 26 diplomas and 78 certificates, a total of 197 awards from 90 unique programs. The college also offers personal enrichment courses, a variety of adult literacy opportunities and training for business and industry. GTCC operates from three campuses; the main campus in Jamestown, the High Point Campus, the Greensboro Campus, and two centers; the T. H. Davis Aviation Center, Piedmont Triad International Airport and the Small Business Center, Greensboro.
Graduates should qualify for positions in a wide range of government agencies, manufacturing, and service organizations. Employment opportunities include entry-level purchasing, material management, warehousing, inventory, transportation coordinators, and logistics analysts. Upon completion, graduates may be eligible for certification credentials through APICS and AST&L.