The beauty of spring is it brings the joys of new life and new beginnings. As the Beatles sang, "Here comes the sun. And, I say ... it's all right." The sun is shining now on a new season of hope. With vaccines available to all South Carolinians who are older than 16, there is a stronger sense of optimism and many are eager to get back to normal. That includes our MTC family. 

I am pleased to share information about how we are bringing back in-person events this spring, launching a new initiative that can help high school students and their families save big money on college, and offering free scholarship funds that are available to students from the MTC Foundation.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter. Maybe take a quick break to read it outside as you enjoy the sunshine.

My Best,
President Ronald L. Rhames, '78

Our Transition Back to Normal Means Meeting Student Needs

Future Class Offerings
At MTC and colleges across the country, COVID-19 has changed the way students learn and interact with their peers, instructors, and the business community. Some of the changes have been positive for students, such as increased flexibility in learning options. For others, the limits on in-person learning and activities have been challenging. And while the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, things are slowly starting to get back to normal as more of the population becomes vaccinated. 

"At MTC, getting back to normal means increased on-campus classes and increased in-person events, done safely per current CDC and DHEC recommendations. It also means we will continue to offer the effective, flexible learning options many students have found invaluable," said MTC Provost Dr. Barrie Kirk.

This fall, the majority of MTC's classes will be offered on-campus. Flexible learning options, such as online, hybrid, and virtual, will continue to be offered, because many students ask for and need them. College administrators will be monitoring how quickly on-campus and other types of course sections fill, and they will add more of the desired sections as needed to meet student demand.

Upcoming Celebration Ceremonies
In March, MTC announced its annual graduation ceremony will be in person and outdoors at Segra Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, on May 1. And later this month, MTC will hold an in-person pinning ceremony for students in MTC's School of Health Care.

The pinning ceremony will be outdoors at the Blowfish Stadium on April 24 and will honor students in Cardiac Care, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, and Radiologic Technology. Pinning ceremonies are held at the conclusion of certain health care programs and signify students have achieved professional licensure and/or successfully completed their program requirements.

"I'm thankful for the technology that has allowed us to celebrate student achievement remotely in the past year. But I've also missed seeing the joy on students' faces in person at these special ceremonies," said MTC President Dr. Ron Rhames. "Getting back to more in-person ceremonies, classes, and activities is important to our students, and it's important to me as well."

Dual Enrollment is now DE@MTC

Midlands Technical College has launched a new awareness campaign about how students in Fairfield, Lexington, and Richland Counties can benefit from dual enrollment. We call it DE@MTC.

Our goal is to expand access to and equity for all school districts and students – including home schoolers.

We offer courses at high schools and at MTC, as well as virtually (synchronous) and online (asynchronous). Students who take at least six credit hours can attend DE@MTC free of charge thanks to the South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program and South Carolina Workforce & Industry Needs Scholarship.
Discover the benefits of DE@MTC.

MTC Foundation Scholarships

The application deadline for Midlands Technical College Foundation scholarships is quickly approaching.  Students can submit an application until this Thursday, April 15 to be considered for more than 100 scholarships with values totaling more than $100,000.

Twice each year, the MTC Foundation provides scholarships based on financial need, enabling more students to achieve their academic goals and transform their tomorrows. 

MTC scholarships' life-changing power is made possible through the generosity of alumni, friends of the college, corporations, and organizations in the community.

"The Sarah Rhames Book Fund for Students Scholarship will help with the cost of materials needed for my upcoming course load. Thank you for your support and investment in my future."

– John Simpson
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient

"Your scholarship helps make my dreams and goals a reality, which motivates me to work even harder."

– MacKenzie Alvey
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient

"As a student who found himself with few practical options after high school due to economic factors, I am truly appreciative of the opportunities and assurance you have given me through this scholarship."

– Zachary Young
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient
"I have always dreamed of being a Dental Hygienist...This scholarship is so important to me because, as a mother who works and goes to school full-time, this...will help ease financial burdens."

– Shambreka Johnson
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient
"The importance of this scholarship is that it eases financial burdens. As a single parent, my long-term goal is to achieve financial stability. I'm grateful for this opportunity. Thank you for believing in me."

– Jasmine Tucker
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient
"Thanks to this scholarship, I will have more time to dedicate to my studies and be able to stay on track to graduate...Thank you again for the generous contribution. It allows me to have a greater chance at success that would not be possible..."

– Megan Hughes
MTC Foundation Scholarship Recipient


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