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Graduation: Building Occupational Opportunities in the Midlands (BOOM)

Jun 03, 2021

MTC President Rhames and Commissioner Knotts with BOOM graduates and teachers on June 1, 2021

Students from MTC's Building Occupational Opportunities in the Midlands (BOOM) program graduated on June 1st, 2021 during a ceremony in the Airport Campus Auditorium. MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames and Commissioner John M. Knotts, Jr.  posed for a photo with graduates following the event.

The three-year job-training program helped students with disabilities prepare for jobs and careers in the construction industry. At graduation, they received a work belt and professional tool set that will allow them to showcase their skills as they work in the homebuilding industry. Students who completed the 90-hour course earned a certificate in building construction and their OSHA credential.

WLTX News 19 reported on the program during its Friends at Five newscast that evening. 

In all, nine high school students from Richland One, Richland Two, and Richland-Lexington Five completed the program in 2021. The South Carolina State Technical College System recognized the program as the best for collaboration and innovation in 2019.

Individuals, businesses, or organizations interested in funding future BOOM programs should contact Mike Ross, Program Director for Industrial Technologies and Trades, at 803.822.7065 or

Key Moments from the 2021 Ceremony