After nearly two decades in manufacturing, Althea Belton switched gears to work in healthcare.
"It was my internship at Midlands Technical College that helped me realize my niche was advocating for the health of others. And after working in manufacturing for 18 years and getting laid off, I told myself it was now or never. So rather than just get another job, I wanted the opportunity to do something different. I wanted a career where I could make a difference. Midlands Technical College was the place that helped me figure out what I could do to live out my dream.
I’ve always been very passionate about health care. I started coursework for medical assisting and then was lead to the college’s human services track. I received my Associates Degree from MTC in 2010 and went on to complete my degree at Columbia College. Today, I’m a Community Health Worker at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, helping to improve health outcomes for the underserved. There are many health care disparities in the 29203 zip code of Columbia, SC. On a daily basis, I link individuals to primary care physicians and provide health education that helps individuals improve their health and their lives. Until recently, some have not been seen by a doctor in many years.
"The support system at Midlands Technical College was incredible."
-Althea Belton, Class of 2010
From the faculty to MTC's Sister Circle and other students in my classes, they were there for me…always willing to help, motivate and encourage. After years of working and as a nontraditional student, I needed all the support I could get. With the encouragement from faculty and the support of student groups, coupled with the valuable experiences gained through internships, I was able to complete my degree and make a difference in health outcomes in the Eau Claire Community."