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).

McDowell Tech Trail School Receives Grant From MADE X MTNS To Build Capacity in WNC’s Outdoor Economy

two trail workers working on the 12 inch stump of a freshly cut tree

McDowell Technical Community College will continue building capacity and growing workforce development opportunities in trail construction and sustainability with a recent grant from MADE X MTNS, a partnership working to expand the outdoor industry and economy across North Carolina’s Appalachian Region and catalyze rural development.

MTCC Practical Nursing Graduates Are Workforce Ready!

graduates with Florence Nightingale lamps

The Practical Nursing Program at McDowell Technical Community College held the college’s annual “pinning” ceremony earlier this month, saluting the Class of 2023 as they prepare to enter the local and regional healthcare workforce.

Crane Charitable Donates to MTCC Welding Program

The Crane Charitable Funds, through local partners at Crane ChemPharma Resistoflex in Marion, NC, recently presented the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation a check for $1,500.00 to support the MTCC Welding Program at McDowell Tech. The funds will be used to purchase equipment and supplies that will help welding students pursue and achieve their educational and career goals.

Route 70 Cruisers Funds MTCC Scholarships for 11 Straight Years

Alan Moore Director of Law Enforcement Training Center and Phillip Poe Route 70 Cruisers.jpg

The Route 70 Cruisers, a local car club based in Old Fort NC, made not one, but two, donations to the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation in recent weeks in two different program areas at the college: Automotive Systems Technology and Basic Law Enforcement.

Garrison Named Interim President at McDowell Tech

Ryan Garrison

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, during its meeting on Friday morning, affirmed the decision of the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees to name Mr. Ryan Garrison as Interim President of McDowell Tech effective September 1, 2023.

2023-24 Year at MTCC Promises Success

Annie Duncan, Career Coach, assists a student with registration on a laptop computer .

If the upcoming fall semester at McDowell Technical Community College could be summed up in three words, those words would undoubtedly be, “Learn, Grow, Dream.” The college has new programs and opportunities for students looking to learn a new skill, get a promotion, and secure that dream job.