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William Harold Smith

W. Harold Smith Charitable Trust Creates MTCC Endowed Scholarship

The William Harold Smith Charitable Trust, a local charity established by the late Harold Smith, has created a new endowed scholarship at McDowell Technical Community College with a gift of $50,000 to the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation. These funds will be matched with proceeds from a Title III grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education, bringing the initial endowment of the William Harold Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship to $100,000.

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Celebrating a Life Well-Lived

In his 83 years of life, Dr. Robert M. Boggs took on several unique roles—public school superintendent, community college president, horseman, teacher, civic leader and actor, among others—but none were more cherished to him than husband, father, coach, mentor and friend. To many, he was nothing short of a legend, and most would say that it was a role that fit him to a tee.

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2024 SGA honored by the Board of Trustees

MTCC Board Honors 2023-2024 SGA Leaders

The McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees honored the entire MTCC Student Government Association (SGA) leadership team on Thursday evening for their exemplary leadership during the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Stacy Buff

MTCC’s Stacy Buff Joins National Workforce Board

Stacy Buff, Vice President of Workforce Development at McDowell Technical Community College, has been elected as the North Carolina representative on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). The NAWDP is the largest workforce development association in the United States.

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Chris Saxton, 2024 Excellence in Teaching Award winner

Instructor, Students Receive Honors at McDowell Tech

Selection for the 2024 Excellence in Teaching, Teacher of the Year Award at McDowell Technical Community College was a particularly competitive process this year, with 11 instructors nominated for the prestigious honor. At graduation exercises last Friday, Richard Christopher (“Chris”) Saxton was announced as the winner after a series of interviews around the topic of teaching and learning by a peer selection committee during the weeks leading up to graduation.

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Ray McKesson receives his Distinguished Alumni Award

McKesson and Ramsey Honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards

Two special McDowell Technical Community College graduates were honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the college’s commencement exercises on Friday night at Nebo Crossing Church in Marion. Both men are also former staff members and current members of the MTCC Board of Trustees and have served the college and community in countless ways over the last couple of decades.

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New State Funding To Increase Vocational Services to McDowell Tech’s IDD Population

New State Funding To Increase Vocational Services to McDowell Tech’s IDD Population

Due to having the largest graduating class in the college’s history, McDowell Technical Community College will hold two graduation ceremonies this year, with students divided between the ceremonies by program area. The keynote speaker and musicians will be the same for both ceremonies. Combined, approximately 430 graduates will receive degrees, diplomas or certificates during the day. Almost 325 of those students will receive curriculum degrees, with another 54 receiving continuing education certificates and 53 receiving an adult high school or high school equivalency credential.

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Graduation to be the largest ever!

MTCC’s 2024 Graduation To Be Largest Ever

Due to having the largest graduating class in the college’s history, McDowell Technical Community College will hold two graduation ceremonies this year, with students divided between the ceremonies by program area. The keynote speaker and musicians will be the same for both ceremonies. Combined, approximately 430 graduates will receive degrees, diplomas or certificates during the day. Almost 325 of those students will receive curriculum degrees, with another 54 receiving continuing education certificates and 53 receiving an adult high school or high school equivalency credential.

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Anonymous Donors Create Student Emergency Fund at MTCC

Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation has created a new “McDowell Tech Student Emergency Fund,” designed to assist students who are experiencing a crisis situation that impacts their ability to continue with their college education. Startup funds from the anonymous donors total $10,000, but before the fund was announced, members of the McDowell Tech International Club made a generous donation of $125 to encourage students and others to contribute to the fund.

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