Training FAQs

How does USC Housing work?

You will have your own private bedroom with desk and closet. We recommend you bringing a mattress pad. The mattresses are very thin. You are provided pillow, blanket and sheets. However, please feel free to bring anything you would like to make your stay more enjoyable. We also recommend you bring a table lamp for the desk. No microwave, utensils, pots, or pans are provided. New this summer you can buy a “Kitchen pack” for $60.  It includes plates, silverware, glassware, pots and pans.  If you do not take with you it will be donated to the woman’s shelter.  Stove and refrigerator are located in the suite. You will share a bathroom with one other registered PLTW teacher. You will share a living room and kitchen with 3 other registered PLTW teachers. No TV’s are provided however, you can rent a TV for $25 per month. Cable is available in the rooms.

Linen set, including sheets, 2 pillows, 2 blankets, 2 bath towels, wash cloth, and a bathmat will be provided.  10 day courses include a mid-course linen change. Please be mindful that these are university “dorms.” They are probably pretty close to the dorms you lived in a 18 years old. No housing is available for Winter Training!

How do I register for Core Training?

Registration is OPEN!  REGISTER NOW!

Problems registering?  Please contact

I am registered, how do I receive a copy of my invoice?

Invoices will be created once a teacher completes BOTH registrations.  Course registration through PLTW and housing, parking and meal registration from USC.  (can be found here)  Please allow one week to receive the invoice once registration is complete.  Invoices will be emailed to the billing contact listed on your registration.

Who do I may the check payable to?

All checks for Core Training should be made payable to the University of South Carolina.  Mailed to USC, Swearingen Engineering Building. 315 Main Street 1 A14 Attn: Krystal DuBose, Columbia, SC 29208

How far is the airport to USC? Do you offer a shuttle?

Columbia airport is 10 miles from Swearingen Engineering Building. No shuttle is provided, however, some hotels will provide you with a free shuttle service.

What is the address?

315 Main Street
Swearingen Engineering Building
Columbia, SC 29208

May my family stay with me in USC Housing?

No. Only registered PLTW teachers are allowed to stay in the USC Housing.

Does USC provide graduate credit for Core Training?

Yes. You can receive graduate credit for IED, POE, DE.  DM and AR if taken during the same summer.


How do I register for housing, meals, and parking?

If you have did not receive an email or you have not registered for housing, meals, and parking please click here. Every participant must complete this form!


What software will I need?

Click here for a complete list.


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