Midlands Technical College

Airport High School student receives associates degree before high school graduation

Victoria Shea Adams-Holden graduated from MTC. the ceremony was held at Colonial Life Arena. Victoria Shea Adams-Holden, graduated from  Midlands Technical College Wednesday. She became the second high school student, to receive her Associate of Arts degree from Midlands Technical College. Shea is the first high school student from Airport High School, Lexington District 2, and the County of Lexington…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

Midlands Technical College commencement is Wednesday

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy to get honorary degrees

More than 2,500 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates to be Awarded at Midlands Technical College Commencement First Honorary Degrees ever awarded by MTC will be presented to Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy Midlands Technical College will award more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs at commencement Wednesday, May 3. The ceremony will celebrate one…

Midlands Tech Enterprise Campus offers acceleration lane for small business growth

Nearly 80 percent of Midlands Technical College graduates who earn a degree, diploma or certificate are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, according to the college’s annual data. And the college’s Enterprise Campus plays a large role in that by offering small businesses on the rise the space and resources to grow while, at the same time,…

R2i2’s first teacher already hard at work honing students’ business skills

The first faculty hire for the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) has given several students in the district a crash course in basic business principles. And she’s only been on the job about two months. Robin Jones, R2i2’s first faculty member, will teach students managerial accounting and finance. (Photo provided) Robin Jones will lead the managerial accounting and finance…

Local high schoolers get head start on college education through ‘middle college’

Of the 44,292 students who graduated high school in 2014, 70.6 percent entered a two-year or four-year college or university in the fall of that same year, according to the South Carolina Department of Education. Advanced Placement classes and certification courses are offered by many school districts to help students get on a fast-track to complete college classes or head…

Richland County student becomes youngest grad ever at Midlands Tech

Of the nearly 2,200 students graduating from Midlands Technical College Wednesday, the one who walked across the stage first happened to be the last one born. Jayda Maning follows in the footsteps of her mother, who also earned her degree from MTC. (Photo provided) After two years at Dreher High School in Columbia, Jayda Manning needed some flexibility in her…

Healing words: Speaker inspires Midlands Tech nursing grads

Continuing a tradition started long ago by famed nurse Florence Nightingale, Midlands Technical College (MTC) sent its nursing class of 2016 out into the workforce Wednesday with a pinning ceremony. The new graduates soon will be found in local hospitals, clinics, senior care facilities and other medical facilities as they put their classroom and practical knowledge to good use. The…

Midlands Tech, Coker College strike student transfer partnership

Coker College and Midlands Technical College have formed a new agreement that will give MTC students access to programs and services that will facilitate their transfer to the private, liberal arts college in Hartsville. The agreement, signed Thursday by Coker College President Robert Wyatt and MTC President Ronald Rhames, creates the MTC-Coker College Bridge Program, which will take effect this fall….

New manufacturing center helps Midlands Tech meet demand for industrial workers

They carefully line up each wire, input commands for a robotic arm and rebuild complex machines into better working order. From stoplights passed on your morning commute to light switches in your kitchen, students at Midlands Technical College are learning how to program, repair and enhance things that impact your daily life. In response to South Carolina’s growing manufacturing industry,…

Arts incubator hatches local choreographer’s ‘Ruins’; debut is Saturday

A group of nine dancers and actors twist and turn across the Harbison Theatre stage. It’s a Wednesday night, the performers have finished school and work, and they’ve gathered for one of the last rehearsals before Saturday’s debut. The performance stage reverberates with the thump, thump, thump of songs from Nina Simone, India Arie and D’Angelo and the Vanguards. The performers rehearse…

Educational trailblazers reflect on history of Harbison Institute

The rain couldn’t dampen Zadie Morris’ joy Monday morning as she tugged on the school bell rope time after time. Morris and a handful of alumni gathered to celebrate the history of the Harbison Agricultural and Industrial Institute as Midlands Technical College commemorated the school that provided education for African-American children 105 years ago. Harbison Institute gradate Rubie Nixon Schumpert…

Grant to provide 20 additional scholarships for Midlands Tech students

More students at Midlands Technical College can receive financial assistance this year through a grant for those studying manufacturing. The college received a $30,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to award tuition free-scholarships for Midlands Technical College’s Corporate and Continuing Education Machinist-Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Certificate program. The Gene Haas Foundation awards scholarship funds to colleges for students entering…

Midlands Tech to hold veteran scholarship information fair

Midlands Technical College is holding an information session for veterans and active duty service members to let them know how to apply for a share of $100,000 in scholarship funds. The local technical college system enrolls more than 1,000 veterans each year. Those who stop by the resource fair Wednesday will learn about Midlands Tech’s academic programs, VA-approved training courses and…

Michelin, Midlands Tech team up for job fair

Locals wanting to explore a new career option are invited to Midlands Technical College this month for a unique job fair. Michelin and Midlands Tech have teamed up to showcase the highly-sought manufacturing jobs available at Michelin and dispel some myths about working in the industry. Midlands Tech is welcoming people to the Batesburg-Leesville campus so Michelin can connect directly…

Midlands Technical College demonstrates commitment to diversity … again

Students at Midlands Technical College don’t look, talk or dress the same, but they share the common goal of bettering themselves for a brighter future. The college recently received national recognition for its diversity and for promoting student success no matter their background or skin color. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national publication, ranked Midlands Tech at 64 in the…

Midlands Tech unveils ‘pathway to prosperity’ at Swansea High School

Midlands Technical College is expanding its reach into local high schools with the launch of a new career center and dual-enrollment program in southern Lexington County. Students don’t have to leave Swansea High School to take a college-level course. (photo by Rachel Ham) Two years after partnering with Batesburg-Leesville High School for dual-credit opportunities, Midlands Tech officials cut the ribbon…

‘Game On’ in Richland Two as school district highlights academic success

Spring Valley High School played host to Richland School District Two’s State of the District breakfast Thursday, and the events in the past few weeks at the school did not go unnoticed. Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm spoke to business and community leaders about district progress. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Richland Two has gained some international notoriety, but not for…

Aerospace Career Day gets students interested in aviation industry

Students from across the Midlands got an up close look at careers in the aerospace industry Friday as Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center held its fifth annual Aerospace Career Day. Greenville Technical College spoke to students about aviation technician careers. (photo by Kelly Petty) More than 400 high school students met representatives of companies which offer careers in aviation and…

Rita Bernice Taylor Harris, 61, USC dining culinary specialist

Rita Bernice Taylor Harris Rita Bernice Taylor Harris was born on June 26, 1954, in Eastover, the beloved daughter and second oldest child of the late Thomas Taylor and Margaret Ann Patterson Whitner. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend entered into eternal rest to forever be with the Lord. Rita was educated in the public…

James Devon Campbell, 20, 2013 Gilbert HS graduate remembered for his musical, artistic gifts

James Devon Campbell James Devon Campbell, of Gilbert, died Oct. 10, 2015, as a result of complications of lymphatic cancer. He was 20. He was most commonly known as Devon, also called “Dev,” “D-vo,” “Boobala,” “Ghostwolf,” “Bubba” and “Baby.” Devon was born Oct. 17, 1994, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the son of James and Mary Campbell. Devon attended Gilbert schools and…