About The School  

Welcome to the ACT

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The Academy for Careers and Technology opened its doors to the students of Marion County for the first time in the fall of 1967. The school has an outstanding history of serving the needs of area students with relevant technical instruction and career-building educational opportunities. The school is unique among Marion County schools in the fact that facilities, instructors, tools and equipment have been brought together in one place to realistically represent careers in which students can choose to gain skill training. Students attend ACT from Marion High School, Mullins High School, Creek Bridge High School and several private schools. The programs offered represent seven of the nationally identified career clusters. High school students can earn two credits per semester of study totalling eight credits for successful completion of a two-year program.


Career and Technology Programs

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Most programs are two years in length and meet five days per week; students enroll in Level One during their sophomore or junior year and complete Level Two the following year. Classes meet 160 minutes per day and students can earn four units of credit each year. Enrollment is tuition free for Marion County high school students.

Practical Nursing I is open only to high school Seniors and is the only course offered that requires an application for admission and pre-entrance testing. Students enrolling in the first year of Health Science must be high school Juniors or Seniors. The first year of Cosmetology is only open to high school Juniors. Students in Nail Technology must be at least 16 by March 1st of the school year. All other courses are offered without pre-entrance testing or any prerequisites. Practical Nursing, Cosmetology and Nail Technology are tuition free to Marion County students; however, students entering these programs must pay fees associated with student kits, books, uniforms and state board examinations required by state regulations.

Mission and Vision

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The Mission of the Academy for Careers and Technology is to strengthen the community by preparing students for employment in a changing global workforce.


The Vision of the Academy for Careers and Technology is for every student who successfully completes a program of study to be gainfully employed and/or enrolled in a post-secondary educational program.

Notice of Non-Discrimination:

The Marion County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Section 504 -- Ms. Amanda Dale - Ms. Elizabeth Howell, Interim Directors of Special Services, 719 North Main Street, Marion, SC 29571, 843.423.1811
Title IX -- Ms. Paula Grant, Director of Human Resources, 719 North Main Street, Marion, SC 29571, 843.423.1811