Real Service: MTC One of the Top Sites in the Country for Veterans
Midlands Technical College (MTC) continues to excel when it comes to providing services for veterans and their families. In fall 2015, MTC was selected by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as one of only 10 VetSuccess on Campus sites in the country to be highlighted by the VA. VetSuccess on Campus sites are designed to help ease veterans’ transition to student life and assist veterans in achieving their educational and career goals through VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs. The MTC site is the only one in South Carolina.
As one of the largest providers of veterans’ educational benefits to service members and their families in the Palmetto State, Midlands Technical College enrolls more than 1,000 veterans each fall. Marine Sergeant Greg Harmon made MTC his first choice after finishing his active duty service that included two tours in Iraq as a combat engineer.
“My company was in charge of building bases near towns that had been found to be harboring enemy combatants. We would then convoy out, sometimes clearing (Improvised Explosive Devises) on the way to building a base from scratch a couple hundred yards from the town.”
After leaving the Marines, Harmon said a Midlands Technical College education was high on his radar. “A few family members had been through the Radiologic Technology program at MTC and highly recommended it,” Harmon said. “I did some research and discovered that it was one of the top programs in the country.”
Harmon will graduate from MTC in May 2016 with his Associate in Science degree from the Radiologic Technology program.
In addition to being the only VetSuccess on Campus site in South Carolina, MTC has established a Veterans' Advisory Council of college and community personnel, a Student Veterans Organization, and the college has a dedicated Office of Veterans' Affairs that oversees veterans' services on campus. The college's VA Office has consistently exceeded 90 percent satisfaction ratings by student veterans and dependents over the past 10 years.