of the Future
Midlands Technical College:
Learning Community of the Future
In 2013, Midlands Technical College (MTC) is an
institution that respects its past while expanding and enriching its
programs and services to meet the changing needs of its students and
community. The college is an institution characterized by an effective
learning culture, the ability to meet the challenges of evolving
economic and population trends, a commitment to community leadership,
and innovative approaches to the acquisition and use of resources. MTC
serves traditional and non-traditional students by providing specialized
and alternative opportunities in higher education. The college’s
graduates leave the institution with the knowledge and skills for
successful careers or transfer to senior institutions. Additionally,
the college enables students to gain the qualities and values necessary
to become productive citizens.
Effective Learning Culture
The creation of a positive, effective learning
environment is tantamount. Students, faculty, and staff comprise a
community of learners. Everything the college does is connected to the
building of a culture that enhances teaching, learning and individual
development. This cornerstone provides purpose and meaning for all
aspects of the college. MTC continuously seeks quality faculty and staff
who embrace the mission of the college and are dedicated to the service
of students. Together, the MTC learning community establishes a climate
that takes full advantage of interactive technologies. The learning
community embraces learning processes and adapts them to serve as the
tools of quality educational practices. This basic philosophy is
inherent in the following characteristics:
The learning community is collectively
responsible for learning, teaching and individual development.
Each member of the MTC learning community
embraces life-long learning.
Faculty and staff members recognize their roles
as facilitators who create learning experiences through various
methodologies and instructional formats.
The MTC learning community integrates the
external community into its learning processes.
MTC provides various modes of delivery to meet
the diverse needs of learners.
Meeting Challenges of Economic and Population Trends
The tandem nature of research-based economic
development and the need for a technically proficient workforce
reinforces the college’s connection with the community. MTC's
relationship with area high schools is a seamless partnership, ensuring
all students find the pathway to a fulfilling career that best fits
their talents and interests. MTC is increasingly aware of the
importance of establishing national standards to measure its programs
and services, as businesses compare locations nationwide. MTC is a hub
for career training and retraining as the workforce needs for advanced
skills become more intense. The community sees itself as a partner with
the college and continues investment in the MTC Foundation and
participation in public-private partnerships on the Enterprise Campus.
As the college evolved, it continuously adjusted to
meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community. This growing
diversity presents new opportunities to support the lifestyles of such
population sectors as seniors who expect to enjoy a lengthening
retirement. In a time of increased competition from educational
providers, retirement of a large number of faculty and staff, declining
public resources and the cultural and special needs of the population,
the college continues to monitor the environment through its interactive
strategic planning process and respond in a proactive manner. The
college is focusing on how it influences and serves its community:
MTC anticipates and addresses emerging
technologies and labor market trends.
MTC provides seamless curricula and services to
students to bridge K-12, two-year, and university education.
MTC adjusts delivery methodologies,
instructional formats and services to address diversity and growth
MTC is increasingly a first choice higher
education option for the population.
MTC is inseparable from the community and
acknowledges its responsibility as an influential partner with diverse
community constituencies. The college sees itself as a catalyst for
prompting open discussion and progress toward connecting all aspects of
education and regional economic development. The local focus of MTC
makes it a logical and effective facilitator of symposia and planning
activities joining various aspects of the community together. As the
midpoint of a continuum of educational providers, MTC brings together
diverse viewpoints for discussion and proactive intervention. MTC
continues to position itself relative to the time in which it exists by
clearly articulating its image and reputation through a program of
advanced advocacy and community presence. Change is seen as a constant
and positive way to progress into the future. The college plays the
following roles in active community leadership:
MTC leads the community in the formation of
public and private partnerships related to education and economic
MTC is a leader in economic development through
small business and product acceleration on its Enterprise Campus.
MTC’s role in producing skilled employees
serves as a primary incentive for businesses locating to the Central
MTC is nationally recognized for its strong
focus on student learning and development and for its comprehensive
evaluation of programs and services.
Innovative Resource Development
As college funding shifted away from full public
support, the college became increasingly entrepreneurial and effective
in its acquisition and management of resources. The changing resource
paradigm influenced MTC to seek non-traditional and creative ways to
accomplish its mission. New resources ensure that students, faculty and
staff are more closely connected with accessible technology and new
opportunities for learning. Non-traditional approaches to managing
these new resources enhance their effectiveness and benefit the learning
environment. Technology is used to communicate with students and all
other constituencies, and is integrated into the fabric of the college.
The use of technology-based solutions positively impacts curriculum
design and serves the needs of diverse learning styles. The
incorporation of new equipment and processes has proceeded through cross
training and information sharing that are the hallmarks of an
innovative, open and fluid work environment.
Faculty/staff recruitment and professional
development reflect institutional goals.
New technology acquisition meets academic and
MTC diversifies its funding through increased
federal, state and private grants; philanthropy and cooperative
agreements with business and industry.
Creative approaches result in the acquisition
of significant new resources and resource-sharing partnerships.
MTC acquires and re-designs facilities for
maximum flexibility to maximize learning and provide quality
MTC effectively manages all its resources.