College History

The present-day Midlands Technical College is the product of a rich and unique history. In 1974, three separate career-oriented institutions merged to form Midlands Technical College (MTC), a comprehensive two-year college providing career and transfer education. MTC is now part of the South Carolina Technical College System. One of South Carolina’s largest two-year colleges, Midlands Technical College enrolls approximately 18,000 students annually seeking to develop career-skills or transfer to a four-year institution. With the latest technology and a diverse learning environment, the college makes higher education affordable, convenient and readily accessible. Midlands Technical College prides itself on excellence in curriculum, staffing, equipment and service to its student body and the Midlands.

Midlands Technical College offers more than 100 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs of study, and an estimated 70 percent of the courses are in the career program area. A strong college transfer program has evolved to allow students the opportunity to take the first two years of a baccalaureate degree and transfer to one of the state’s four-year institutions. Midlands Technical College is currently the largest source of transfer students to the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

MTC is comprised of six campuses, including the Beltline, Airport, Harbison, Batesburg-Leesville, Fairfield and the Northeast Campus located adjacent to the Carolina Research Park. The more than 100 acre Enterprise Campus at Midlands Technical College, part of the MTC Northeast property, presents an innovative opportunity for enhancing economic vitality by recruiting and retaining regional business expansions through public-private partnerships. The campus consists of more than 100 developable acres adjacent to the MTC Center of Excellence for Technology that will benefit growing new companies by accelerating their development. The MTC Center of Excellence for Technology is the anchor facility on the Enterprise Campus. This 50,000-square-foot facility is one of the Southeast’s largest and most advanced metalworking training facilities. The college also has a location at Fort Jackson.

The college currently provides a variety of educational opportunities that support its mission of human resource development in support of economic growth in its service region. The Continuing Education Division provides continuing education opportunities to more than 30,000 individuals annually and is one of the largest providers of noncredit professional upgrade training of any two-year college in the state. Midlands Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.