Dr. Ronald L. Rhames
As the 2021 Spring Semester begins, I wish everyone in the Midlands Technical College family a Happy New Year. Each time the calendar turns, we have an opportunity to reset.
There is a strong sense of optimism as we move beyond the most trying year I can ever remember. Despite all the distractions and competing forces that emerged over the past 12 months, MTC students, faculty and staff remain strong and ready to face the new challenges of today’s reality.
In a recent note, former MTC President and SC Technical College System President, Dr. Jim Hudgins shared with me this message in reference to the 2019-2020 President’s Report: “I looked at every page of the President’s Report. I do believe this is the best one I have ever viewed, including my own. Good news on every page. Congratulations to you and your team for all the good you are doing for the Midlands… I want your team to know how proud I am of the place where I served the 13 best years of my career.”
It is in that sense of pride and optimism that I share with you more, much-needed good news from the Midlands Technical College community.
President Ronald L. Rhames ‘78
Significant Savings on the Path to In-Demand Careers
Midlands Technical College is a leader in developing pathways that open doors to careers with significant earning potential. The newest articulation agreement with Lander University makes it easy for students to graduate from MTC with a two-year associate degree in criminal justice and then seamlessly transfer to the four-year university.
Currently, MTC has more than three-dozen articulation agreements with colleges and universities throughout South Carolina. These along with the college’s bridge and transfer programs provide students significant savings on their path to in-demand careers.
A Role Model for Success
Heroes and role models can take all forms. Sometimes they stand out from afar, and other times they operate in plain sight, working among us.
One thing is for sure: MTC Alumna Bianca Williams is a role model for success. Her accomplishments as the founder of her own law firm and nonprofit reflect it, and her work to improve the lives of others is only just beginning.
At MTC, it is important to recognize faculty and staff members who were instrumental in ensuring student success during the unprecedented year of 2020.
This month, the college kicked off its Spring Semester by announcing the 2020 Employee of the Year Honorees. The honorees were nominated and voted on by their peers for the annual awards.
“It’s always an honor to recognize our best at the beginning of a semester,” said President Rhames. “Our dedicated faculty and staff are the core of MTC’s commitment to academic excellence and student success. Though only a few receive the title of Employees of the Year, all the employees here at MTC have my respect and appreciation.”
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