"Midlands Tech goes on $50 million building spree to modernize, better train new employees"
Feb 15, 2021
On Sunday, February 14, The Post and Courier published "Midlands Tech goes on $50 million building spree to modernize, better train new employees."
Reporter Adam Benson detailed the college's most recent construction and looked ahead to the next project on the Beltline Campus, which "won approval earlier February from Columbia’s Planning Commission, is a $30 million replacement of the 53-year-old Lindau Engineering Technology Building."
For his report, Benson spoked to MTC President Dr. Ronald Rhames and Commissioner Robert Lentz. An excerpt:
“The people that are hiring our graduates are looking for a skill set that is different each day, and so our graduates are going to be competitive as anybody in the world,” said Rhames, who graduated from Midlands Tech in 1978....
Midlands Technical College Commission member Robert Lentz said all the activity positions the school to thrive in a post-COVID economy.
“This is a big story. We are on the cutting edge of where the technology is, we are on the cutting edge of where the jobs are,” Lentz said. “The (state Department of Commerce) is looking at us, the governor is looking at us to train these new employees for these businesses.”
The report included details about the renovation of the advanced manufacturing center on the Airport Campus, the opening of the Learning Resource Center, new construction on welding stations that will be completed this Spring and the new building on the Beltline Campus that is scheduled to be open in 2024.
The complete news article is available from The Post and Courier.