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Real Employment: MTC alumnus gets job offer on graduation day

Alphonzo Royal got a job offer the day he graduated from Midlands Technical College. “I got a call from a company that needed networking engineers and I was like, I love networking. You are going to pay me to do that?” Read his testimony about hard work, dedication, and the incredible programs offered at MTC.

“It is true that with hard work, dedication and the incredible programs offered at MTC, you can definitely reach your goals! 

I found myself unemployed. I had never been unemployed before, so I started doing a lot of research. I wanted to better myself. That’s when I stumbled on the Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) program at Midlands Technical College.  

At Midlands Technical College, you get the skills you need to get a job because you receive hands-on training. At MTC, you not only sit and listen to instructors lecture on a topic, you actually sit down and work. Before you know it, you are committing the skills you learn to muscle memory. I gained confidence because now I know I have the ability to do the work. I think that is key.

MTC also helped me find my niche because IT is such a broad field. There are so many different avenues you can turn to and so many different paths you can choose.

Now I’m the owner and president of Tech SME. Tech SME stands for Technical Subject Matter Expert.

At first, I didn’t think I had what it takes to own my own business, but then I met some of the MTC staff who own their own businesses. They encouraged me to follow my passions. After a few years of working for other people, I branched out on my own. 

From there, it kind of took off, and here I am today. I feel like this is where I am supposed to be. Tech SME currently has contracts with the University of South Carolina and Shaw Air Force Base. I am amazed at how far I have come in such a short period of time.

You never know, one day Tech SME may be a household name like Google, or Apple, or Microsoft.

My name is Alphonzo Royal, and you really can get anywhere from Midlands Technical College."