TheLINK region features two public school districts instructing more than 18,000 students and a student-to-teacher ratio of about 24:1. Lee and Sumter counties operate 33 schools with a combined staff level of about 3,500.
There are four high schools in the region (Sumter, Crestwood, Lakewood and Lee Central), 7 middle schools and 20 elementary schools. Additionally, both district feature career centers to get students ready for the world of work.
There are numerous private schools in TheLINK region, including both secular and religious schools. Wilson Hall School, Thomas Sumter Academy and Robert E. Lee Academy are examples of local secular schools, while St. Francis Xavier and Sumter Christian School offer education with religious teachings.
The University of South Carolina Sumter is a 2-year branch campus of the University of South Carolina system. This liberal arts college has an enrollment of about 1,100, and can award degrees in multiple fields. USC Sumter recently began an athletic program, and the USC Sumter Fire Ants now field baseball, softball and basketball.
Central Carolina Technical College is a vocational school in Sumter, with branch campuses in three adjacent counties. With an enrollment of about 3,000, CCTC awards two-year degrees in numerous fields, including accounting, nursing and elementary education.
Morris College is an historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. The College is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of every one of its students.
In addition to these institutions of higher education, Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base housed branch campuses of four major universities, including Troy State University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where students can receive both undergraduate and graduate degrees.