Donors to MTCC’s Day of Giving Are Making a Difference

Employees from State Employee's Credit Union (SECU) in Marion presented McDowell Technical Community College Foundation a check in the amount of $18,000 for student scholarships from SECU Foundation's "Bridge to Career Program" during the college's Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon held in November . L to R: Ryan Garrison, Interim President, MTCC; Chris Hawkins, Eva Davis and Misty Hensley, SECU of Marion; Valerie Dobson, Vice-President of Academics and Student Services at MTCC; and Stacy Buff, Vice-President of Workforce Development at MTCC.

Santa came a little early this year for the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation, with 55 individuals donating $8,710 in just 24 hours to the Foundation’s Endowment Fund during the college’s First Annual Day of Giving held in early November. All of these donations will support student scholarships.

Sharing and Caring This Thanksgiving Season

On Monday, the McDowell Tech Student Government Association (SGA), along with members of the McDowell Tech faculty and staff, distributed turkeys and food boxes with enough staples to prepare a warm, nutritious Thanksgiving dinner to each of the 81 students who responded to the college’s offer of assistance.

Santa to Highlight McDowell Tech Tree Lighting on November 30th

MTCC Universal Christmas Tree Ceremony 2023

If there’s anything that gets on Santa’s nerves, it must surely be the skeptical adults he runs into as he darts in and out of malls getting ready for the holiday season—folks like Ryan Garrison, McDowell Tech’s Interim President, for example. After a particularly unpleasant beard-pulling incident recently, he is probably at the top of Santa’s “Gets On My Last Nerve” list, and he probably shouldn’t expect that Christmas bonus he’s been asking for.

McDowell Tech Employees Receive National Recognition

Two McDowell Technical Community College employees have recently been recognized at the national level for their efforts to promote achievement and success among community college students.

MTCC Foundation Announces 1st Annual Day of Giving

Rebecca Marler and Steve McMahan

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation announced today the college’s first annual Day of Giving and a special matching gift opportunity to kick off the Foundation’s 2023-24 Endowment Campaign on November 1, 2023.

Construction Begins on MTCC’s Workforce Education Center in Old Fort

location of new site in old fort under construction

Construction has begun on McDowell Technical Community College’s new Old Fort Workforce Education Center in downtown Old Fort, NC, located in a 4,000 square foot section of the town’s Historic Rockett Building. T.C. Strickland Construction Company of Shelby is General Contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in early 2024 at a cost of over $1,600,000.

State Appropriation for McDowell Tech Will Fund New Health Science and Public Safety Building

Architect view of the new building

McDowell Tech’s dream of a new Health Sciences and Public Safety Building inched closer to reality with the passage of the NC General Assembly’s 2023 budget on September 22nd. Included in the bill, which became law 10 days after its passage due to NC Governor Roy Cooper’s decision not to sign the bill, includes a $25,250,000 appropriation for the college’s proposed building.

MTCC One of Top 20 Community Colleges in the Nation

Aerial view of McDowell Tech Community College Main Campus in Marion NC

McDowell Technical Community College has been ranked 18th best community college in the United States for 2023 by SmartAssetTM, an online financial technology company which describes itself as having “…the best personal finance advice on the web.” The ranking is based on SmartAsset’s annual study of 845 community colleges located throughout the country. Although several North Carolina community college’s made this year’s list, McDowell Tech is the only college west of Durham to place in the top 20.

McDowell Tech Trustees Sworn in For New Terms

Ryan Garrison, Interim President; Don Ramsey, Robert Ayers, Judge Corey MacKinnon, Trustees; Gary Stroud, Trustee Board Chair; Judge Ellen Shelley

Judge Ellen Shelley of Marion, NC had the unusual privilege of swearing in one of her judicial colleagues, Judge Corey MacKinnon, as the newest member of the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees prior to the beginning of the board’s September meeting.

McDowell Tech Emergency Medical Science Program Nationally Accredited

Dr. Edward S. Bernard with Eugene Edwards in front of McDowell Tech Ambulance

Following a lengthy planning process, McDowell Technical Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Program was recently accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Science Professions (CoAEMSP), in conjunction with the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).